On Friday July 31, 2020 Alan Parker, British director, producer, writer and actor died at the age of 76 after a long illness.
For the world of cinema it was a breath of fresh air in the late 70s and 80s. His filmography is linked to the musical genre, from which he contributed up to 5 openwork films, some unforgettable, cases of his debut in the great screen “Bugsy Malone, the grandson of Al Capone”, “Fame”, “Pink Floyd: The wall”, “The Commitments” and “Evita”. All of them played innovative sub-genres such as film noir in the musical, video clip, soul in Ireland or biopic, but all share scenes that are very difficult to forget once seen. Its impact and importance go beyond the 7th art.
“Fame” was brought to the small screen for 6 seasons (1982-1987) of great international success. Pink Floyd is still marked by some of the images created in his film, the BSO of “The Commitments” updates a lot of soul classics and Andrew Strong (plays the role of Deco Cuffe) continues to tour with his band. And “Evita” gave Madonna one of her few acting awards (Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical).
Although perhaps his most remembered and awarded works go hand in hand with the dramatic genre with “The Midnight Express”, “Birdy”, “The Angel’s Heart”, “Mississippi Burning”, “Angela’s Ashes” or “The Life of David Gale “
Her debut in North American cinema (The Midnight Express) gave her 2 Oscars (adapted script and BSO) of the 6 she was eligible for, in addition to a lot of international awards. Birdy gave him the Cannes Grand Jury Prize. “Arde Mississippi” gave him his second nomination for Best Director at the Oscars, in addition to winning Best Picture and earning another handful of international awards.
His 25-year career gave him the opportunity to work with Jodie Foster, John Hurt, Albert Finney, Matthew Modine, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Dennis Quaid, Anthony Hopkins, Madonna, Emily Watson, Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet , Robert Carlyle, Antonio Banderas, John Cusack, Brad Dourif, Frances McDormand, Charlote Rampling, Nicolas Cage or Diane Keaton. It was long ago away from the big screen, but we will always remember those dozen movies that marked more than a generation.
Rest in peace: