The R.I.P. Thread

Yithian

Parish Watch
Staff member
Joined
Oct 29, 2002
Messages
24,708
Likes
23,258
Points
309
Location
East of Suez
Joined
May 24, 2006
Messages
5,732
Likes
4,058
Points
244
I know everyone says it, but Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade is one of THE best books about filmmaking ever written, and certainly among the most entertaining. I've read a couple of his other non-fiction books and they were almost as good. The Princess Bride is a good film, but it's a better book. Hugely talented man. RIP.
Seconded - on all counts. Which Lie Did I Tell? is a damn good read as well.
 

GNC

King-Sized Canary
Joined
Aug 25, 2001
Messages
26,573
Likes
10,874
Points
284
Seconded - on all counts. Which Lie Did I Tell? is a damn good read as well.
Yes, the chapter on The Ghost and the Darkness is a textbook explanation of how a fascinating true story can be sabotaged by Hollywood committees to create a complete flop. Though Goldman's ultimate observation that audiences didn't want to see a film about hunting lions, no matter how many people they had slaughtered, was very telling. Oddly, it's turned into a cult movie over recent years.
 
Joined
Aug 19, 2003
Messages
47,643
Likes
18,798
Points
284
Location
Eblana
Holocaust Education Trust Ireland has learned with much sadness of the death of Max Levitas, 02 November 2018 aged 103. Max was born in Ireland to Lithuanian parents who fled antisemitism in 1913 to join family already living in Dublin. He was an ardent trade unionist who opposed fascism and antisemitism all of his life.

Originally from Dublin, Max and his parents emigrated to London in the early 1930s where they lived in the East End of the city. Max was a veteran of the ‘Battle of Cable Street’ which took place in London in 1936 when Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists, and 3,000 of his followers (Blackshirts) attempted to march through a largely Jewish part of East London. They were blocked by Jewish groups, socialists, Communists, trade unionists and others. Many of the Irish dock workers stood in solidarity with their Jewish neighbours to successfully prevent the march through their community.

Throughout his life, Max actively opposed fascism and antisemitism and for many years attended the national Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration in Dublin. He will be sadly missed

http://hetireland.org/in-memorium-m...fDbV-j5WcSybvqUzPjokhyIEPnP6fQGE6Lh0Z9GgxzGs8



We extend to his family, relatives and wide circle of friends our deepest sympathy.
 

Bigphoot2

Not sprouts! I hate sprouts.
Joined
Jul 30, 2005
Messages
5,784
Likes
13,371
Points
294
Location
Round about here sometimes
RIP Nicolas Roeg
Director Nicolas Roeg dies aged 90

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Director Nicolas Roeg, whose films include Don't Look Now and Performance, has died aged 90, his family says.
In a career spanning six decades, he was celebrated for his original and controversial film-making.
His 1973 psychological thriller Don't Look Now caused controversy for its graphic sex scenes.
Roeg also directed Mick Jagger in the crime drama Performance and David Bowie in the science fiction movie The Man Who Fell To Earth.
His son, Nicolas Roeg Jr, said his father died on Friday night. "He was a genuine dad," he said.
"He just had his 90th birthday in August," he added.
etc
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46329949
 

Naughty_Felid

No longer interesting
Joined
Mar 11, 2008
Messages
5,888
Likes
6,160
Points
294

Bad Bungle

King of the Trilobites
Joined
Oct 13, 2018
Messages
759
Likes
1,849
Points
133
Location
The Chilterns
Walkabout - remember watching that as a kid and being blown away, the heat just seeped through the screen. Don't Look Now - brilliant and unnerving. Also obviously TMWFTE. The first time I was ever introduced to the idea that aliens could be living among us.
I completely agree with you on all three films, although I only saw them on the small screen. My elder siblings who'd seen TMWFTE at the cinema claimed that the alien sex scenes had virtually disappeared from the TV version (but then they said the same thing about 'Barbarella' and I'm not convinced the scenes were ever there).
 

Bigphoot2

Not sprouts! I hate sprouts.
Joined
Jul 30, 2005
Messages
5,784
Likes
13,371
Points
294
Location
Round about here sometimes
Another one of those You May Not Know the Name But You Know the Face actors has passed away.

Grange Hill actor George A Cooper dies peacefully aged 93 as tributes pour in
Rishma Dosani Sunday 25 Nov 2018 8:23 am
George A Cooper has died, aged 93. The Grange Hill actor’s family have confirmed his death, explaining he passed away ‘peacefully’ at his nursing home in Hampshire, on 16 November. His funeral will be held on 6 December, at Chichester Crematorium. It is not yet clear how he died.
https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/25/grange-hill-actor-george-a-cooper-dies-aged-93-8175106/
 

GNC

King-Sized Canary
Joined
Aug 25, 2001
Messages
26,573
Likes
10,874
Points
284
I rewatched the Man Who Fell to Earth last night as a little tribute, it gets better with each viewing as you piece it together (assuming you haven't read the Walter Tevis book). Roeg was one of those 70s guys like Ken Russell who just overflowed with creativity in that decade and spent the rest of their career trying to catch up with themselves. Don't Look Now is probably my favourite, though. RIP.

Ricky Jay I always enjoyed seeing doing his card magic on TV shows, and he had enough of a deceptive mystery about him to be an intriguing actor too. Like Roeg, a giant in his close to exclusive field. RIP.

George A. Cooper is one of those faces you see cropping up all over Brit cinema, but yes, I first knew him from Grange Hill. RIP. And well done for surviving the ridiculous donkey storyline.
 

JamesWhitehead

Piffle Prospector
Joined
Aug 2, 2001
Messages
11,799
Likes
8,169
Points
309
It's a grim week for cinema, though both Roeg and Bertolucci had said all they had to say - probably.

Curious that Borges is referenced in Performance and was the basis for The Spider's Stratagem soon after.

I had almost forgotten that early Bertolucci. It was made for Italian television but looks wonderful - allegedly. My ancient off-air copy may not be worth digging out.

I love The Conformist but always find Last Tango wholly depressing. La Luna, long out of circulation, is amazing but very self-indulgent.

I picked up the long version of The Last Emperor earlier this year. We will never see the like of these films!

I have never caught up with Roeg's Eureka, which was panned when it came out but seems to have gathered a cult reputation on reissue.

RIP. :salute:
 
Last edited:

JamesWhitehead

Piffle Prospector
Joined
Aug 2, 2001
Messages
11,799
Likes
8,169
Points
309

GNC

King-Sized Canary
Joined
Aug 25, 2001
Messages
26,573
Likes
10,874
Points
284
I always found Bertolucci rather cold, for all his talent with the amazing visuals, but there's no doubt he was a giant of cinema, for the 70s and 80s at least. His preference with exploring the sex lives of his characters in movies the masses flocked to makes him look truly of another era, even if he was more arthouse than blockbuster (though combined the two with ease). He also introduced Eva Green to the world of cinema. RIP.
 

Schrodinger's Zebra

Lost a few tiles on re-entry..
Joined
Mar 8, 2018
Messages
1,607
Likes
2,785
Points
154
Surely I'm not the only person who clicks on this thread thinking the queen's died .. or is it just me?
Just you.

:p



Another one of those You May Not Know the Name But You Know the Face actors has passed away.



https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/25/grange-hill-actor-george-a-cooper-dies-aged-93-8175106/
Didn't know the name and you're right; recognised him as soon as I saw the picture. I think I've seen him in The Professionals, or The New Avengers, something like that. And probably some older films, too. RIP.
 

Yithian

Parish Watch
Staff member
Joined
Oct 29, 2002
Messages
24,708
Likes
23,258
Points
309
Location
East of Suez
Baroness Trumpington, Bletchley Park cypher-clerk and former minister has died at ninety-six. It's one of those obituaries that makes you wonder what on earth you've been doing to fill up your own life.

She's done her bit for this nation several times over without ever becoming a grey bureaucrat or losing her sense of humour.

May she rest in peace.

Here:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43756361
 
Joined
Aug 19, 2003
Messages
47,643
Likes
18,798
Points
284
Location
Eblana
Baroness Trumpington, Bletchley Park cypher-clerk and former minister has died at ninety-six. It's one of those obituaries that makes you wonder what on earth you've been doing to fill up your own life.

She's done her bit for this nation several times over without ever becoming a grey bureaucrat or losing her sense of humour.

May she rest in peace.

Here:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43756361
Just saw some file footage of her on TV, wonderful old gell!
 
Joined
Aug 19, 2003
Messages
47,643
Likes
18,798
Points
284
Location
Eblana
Baroness Trumpington, Bletchley Park cypher-clerk and former minister has died at ninety-six. It's one of those obituaries that makes you wonder what on earth you've been doing to fill up your own life.

She's done her bit for this nation several times over without ever becoming a grey bureaucrat or losing her sense of humour.

May she rest in peace.

Here:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43756361
I chuckled my way through that obit!

She was neither academic nor hearty which meant the other girls disliked her. "They had crushes on each other and on the games mistress," she told one interviewer. "I used to go with the local boys to the woods and smoke."

"I had a fantastic time during the war, doing a job that was very worthwhile, having fun when I went out on the town in the little time off that we were allowed and living life to the full whenever I got the chance. And I still certainly do."

She was so well-known at the legendary French restaurant, the Bagatelle, that the band would strike up a special tune as soon as she entered the building.
 

Schrodinger's Zebra

Lost a few tiles on re-entry..
Joined
Mar 8, 2018
Messages
1,607
Likes
2,785
Points
154
Baroness Trumpington, Bletchley Park cypher-clerk and former minister has died at ninety-six. It's one of those obituaries that makes you wonder what on earth you've been doing to fill up your own life.

She's done her bit for this nation several times over without ever becoming a grey bureaucrat or losing her sense of humour.

May she rest in peace.

Here:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43756361

The world needs more people like her. RIP Baroness Trumpington.
 

OneWingedBird

Beloved of Ra
Joined
Aug 3, 2003
Messages
15,516
Likes
6,332
Points
284
Top guy.

Came in from work today and thought he must have picked up because Artist Taxi Driver had posted a video of an interview with him in his cab... got a bit urther down and realised it was a tribute. :(
 

Tribble

Furry Idiot
Joined
Apr 21, 2015
Messages
1,875
Likes
3,388
Points
154
Gloria Katz, scriptwriter and script doctor (American Graffiti, Star Wars), 76 :

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/n...writer-star-wars-script-doctor-was-76-1164737

She said that Lucas had "a lot of reservations" about his script for his follow-up, Star Wars (1977), as filming was about to begin. "He said, 'Polish it — write anything you want and then I'll go over it and see what I need,'" she said. "George didn't want anyone to know we worked on the script, so we were in a cone of silence."

Katz noted she and Huyck tried to add as much humor as possible and wrote about 30 percent of the film's dialogue. They also shaped Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia to be a woman who "can take command; she doesn’t take any shit … instead of just [being] a beautiful woman that schlepped along to be saved," she said.
 
Top