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#7551 Post by Caligula » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:29 am

Ivan March, longtime critic for Gramophone magazine, as well as editor of the sadly departed Penguin Guide to Classical Music

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#7552 Post by GaryC » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:36 am

Eleanor Witcombe, who adapted The Getting of Wisdom and My Brilliant Career for the screen, plus stage and television work. She was 95.

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#7553 Post by MichaelB » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:09 pm

I think all the big names (Kazimierz Karabasz, Tomasz Stanko, Piotr Szulkin) were flagged up here at the time, but here's a list of every Polish film and TV professional who died over the previous twelve months.

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#7554 Post by MichaelB » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:25 pm

One from a few months ago that I've only just spotted: French director Claude Bernard-Aubert, who died on 25 June at the age of 88.

Probably best known in respectable circles for the 1973 Jean Gabin thriller L'affaire Domenici, Bernard-Aubert is perhaps rather better known in less respectable circles for being one of the most prolific directors contributing to France's so-called golden age of porn, making several 35mm hardcore films a year between 1976 and 1987 under the anagrammatic pseudonym Burd Tranbaree.

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#7555 Post by Dylan » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:39 pm

Composer Francis Lai, probably best known for Love Story (for which he won an Oscar) and A Man and a Woman (as well as most of Claude Lelouch's subsequent films), he also scored such films as Emmanuelle II, Hannibal Brooks, Mayerling, Anima Persa, Bilitis, and many more. I've always loved his music.

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#7558 Post by Big Ben » Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:25 pm

CJG wrote:
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Douglas Rain
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#7560 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:13 pm

Stan Lee discussion moved here

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#7562 Post by Lemmy Caution » Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:46 pm

Here's a fun vid of Roy Clark playing with Johnny Cash.
Check out how good Clark is at having fun, clowning around and playing great guitar all at the same time.

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#7563 Post by FrauBlucher » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:00 pm

Thanks. That was fun. Definitely a talented guy. As a city slicker I always enjoyed Hee Haw.

While we're posting links, here's one with Glen Campbell and Clark playing Ghost Riders in the Sky

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#7564 Post by joshua » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:42 pm

His early work as the guitar player in Wanda Jackson's band was also great.

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#7566 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:54 pm

Very sad news. I just received my copy of The Princess Bride and was looking forward to listening to the commentary over everything else, just for Goldman!

It goes without saying but as well as The Princess Bride and his screenplays his books on screenwriting and the Hollywood process - Adventures in the Screen Trade and Which Lie Did I Tell? - are indispensible insights into the often disillusioning process of endless script revisions, and they are often very funny too! I have not yet had the chance to see Absolute Power, the 1997 Clint Eastwood film that he wrote, but he devotes a chapter to it, calling it "the hardest screenplay that I ever wrote" in Which Lie Did I Tell?

I would also highly recommend the other piece of media critique that William Goldman was involved in: popping up as the uncredited 'special guest' moderator chatting with screenwriter David Koepp on one of the commentary tracks for Panic Room. It is one of my favourite commentary tracks mostly because Goldman makes for a great moderator, continually probing Koepp with questions about how he tackled certain aspects of the structure of the story and exactly why things turned out one way and not the other in the final film (including how they factored in the last minute change from Nicole Kidman to Jodie Foster, which affected the approach to the main character a bit). It is a fantastic listen and essential for anyone interested in the craft and compromise of screenwriting, from slightly grouchy opening to Goldman's rant about then current flop Gigli over the end credits!
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#7567 Post by Brian C » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:02 pm

Goodman also wrote a series of annual Oscar articles for (I think) Premiere magazine in the 1990s that I enjoyed. I particularly remember his defense of TITANIC, in which he basically argued that Cameron’s script was unfairly snubbed, because people were focusing too much on the (terrible) dialogue while ignoring how well-structured it is.

It was an insight into scriptwriting that really affected how I watch movies.

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#7568 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:22 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:54 pm
Very sad news. I just received my copy of The Princess Bride and was looking forward to listening to the commentary over everything else, just for Goldman!
To be brutally honest, I'm not a fan of his work, but The Princess Bride, which he adapted from his own novel, is indeed wonderful.

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#7569 Post by Dylan » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:59 pm

In my early twenties, I tackled Goldman's long 1964 novel Boys and Girls Together, which is so great that I got through it in just a few days. Within a few months I'd read every single one of Goldman's novels. Most of them are amazing - Temple of Gold is probably my favorite after Boys and Girls Together. Goldman wrote a bunch of screenplays and his books on the medium are fun & insightful, but I think his greatest talent by far was as a novelist, and I was always hoping he would write one more novel (particularly since his final novel, Brothers, a sequel to Marathon Man, didn't work for me). Of the films he wrote screenplays for, my favorite is Magic (1978), which I love (though it only adapts the final 1/3 of the novel). R.I.P.

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#7570 Post by MichaelB » Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:03 pm

Rolf Hoppe, a prolific German character actor probably best known in the English-speaking world for major roles in Václav Vorlíček's Three Wishes for Cinderella and István Szabó's Mephisto.

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#7571 Post by Dylan » Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:19 pm

The brilliant title designer Pablo Ferro

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#7573 Post by MichaelB » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:42 pm

Polish cinematographer Witold Sobociński, who shot films for many of his country's most distinguished directors: Roman Polanski, Jerzy Skolimowski, Piotr Szulkin, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, and Wojciech Has, whose hallucinatory The Hourglass Sanatorium is arguably Sobociński's greatest achievement.

Unless of course you count being the head of an extraordinary dynasty of cinematographers: his son Piotr Sobociński shot several films for Krzysztof Kieślowski, while his grandsons have between them notched up a impressive number of contemporary credits (Piotr Jr shot most of Wojciech Smarzowski's films, and his younger brother Michał is no slouch either, having shot big local hits like The Art of Loving).

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#7574 Post by Feego » Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:46 pm

Devin Lima of 90s boyband LFO at age 41. He's the second member of that group to die from cancer.

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#7575 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:28 pm

The second Vicar of Dibley actor to die in a year: John Bluthal who played Frank in the series. He turns up in small, often uncredited roles in a couple of Carry Ons, a couple of the Pink Panther films, both A Hard Day's Night and Help! and a lot of other Richard Lester films (The Knack...And How To Get It, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Superman III)

Later on had a slightly bigger role as the archeologist in the opening of The Fifth Element and is also in Dark City in the late 90s, and was still working recently with a role in Hail, Caesar! and that Daniel Radcliffe film Jungle.

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