- “Alan was my oldest and closest pal,” mentioned director David Puttnam
- Alan Parker’s final main success got here with the 1996 musical Evita
- “Deeply saddened by the information,” mentioned BAFTA
British director Alan Parker, whose lengthy listing of hits over the a long time has included Midnight Specific and The Commitments, died Friday on the age of 76, his household mentioned. The a number of awards winner, whose different movies embrace Bugsy Malone, Evita and Mississippi Burning, died “following a prolonged sickness,” his household mentioned in a press release. Alan Parker blossomed within the 1970s, making a speedy succession of celebrated and profitable movies, beginning with the hanging 1976 gangster musical comedy Bugsy Malone, which featured a solid of youngsters.
His 1978 darkish drama Midnight Specific, a couple of US scholar who ended up in a Turkish jail, was adopted in 1980 by the genre-setting American teen musical drama Fame. “Alan was my oldest and closest pal, I used to be all the time in awe of his expertise,” mentioned fellow British movie director David Puttnam.”My life and people of many others who liked and revered him won’t ever be the identical once more.”
He additionally directed Pink Floyd’s cult musical The Wall in 1982, the US racial injustices drama Mississippi Burning in 1988, and the cheerful 1991 musical comedy drama The Commitments, based mostly on the eponymous novel by the Irish author Roddy Doyle.
Alan Parker’s final main success got here with the 1996 musical drama Evita, wherein Madonna performed the main position of Argentina’s late first girl Eva Peron. He collaborated with Oliver Stone on lots of his works.
The British Academy of Movie and Tv Arts (BAFTA) mentioned it was “deeply saddened” by the information, and the US Academy of Movement Image Arts and Science known as him “a unprecedented expertise.”
“His work entertained us, linked us, and gave us such a powerful sense of time and place,” it mentioned in a tweet, calling him “a chameleon” for his skill to bend style and alter with the occasions.
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