Alan Parker, a successful and sometimes amazing filmmaker, among whom there are various productions, “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express” and “Avoid,” has died at age 76, his family said.
A Briton who became a heavyweight in Hollywood, Parker also directed “Fame,” “The Engitments and“ Mississippi Burning. ”Together his films won 10 Academy Awards and 19 British Academy Film Awards. .
The director’s family said he died in London on Friday after a long illness.
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Parker was born in London on 14 February 1944 and, like many other aspiring British directors of his generation, including Ridley Scott and Adrian Lyne, began his career in advertising as an editor and advertising director.
He moved to television with the famous 1974 critic “The Evacuees”, which won an International Emmy Award.
The following year he wrote and directed his first feature film, “Bugsy Malone,” an unusual and lush musical cake from gangster movies with a cast of children, including a young Jodie Foster.
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It was followed by the 1978 feature film “Midnight Express,” the reality-based story of an American’s incarceration in a Turkish prison for alleged drug offenses. He won two Oscars, including one for the screenplay by Oliver Stone, and Parker won the first of two nominations for best director.
Parker varied widely between themes and genres. While “Shoot the Moon” (1982) and “Angela’s Ashes” (1999) were family dramas, “Birdy” (1984) was a tale of war and friendship, “Angel Heart” (1987) a hidden thriller and “Mississippi Burning “. (1988) a powerful civil rights drama that was nominated for seven academic awards, including Best Director.
Parker was also a notable musical director, a genre he embraced and expanded. “Fame” (1980) was a big but celebratory life story in a performing arts school; “Pink Floyd – the Wall” (1982) was a surreal rock opera; “The Commitments” (1991) depicted the ups and downs of a Dublin soul band; and “Evita” (1996) aired Madonna as Argentina’s first lady Eva Peron in a big-screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical. His last film was the death drama “The Life of David Gale” in 2003.
Parker also promoted the British film industry, serving as chair of the British Film Institute and the UK Film Council. It was ridden by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 and in 2013 received the highest honor from the British Film Academy, the BAFTA Fellowship.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has retorted to tweet: “From fame to Midnight Express, Alan Parker, a two-time Oscar nominee, was a chameleon. His work entertained us, connected us and “He gave such a strong sense and time. An extraordinary talent, he will miss him a lot.”
“Rocketman” director Dexter Fletcher said Parker “involuntarily changed my life at the age of 9” and wrote Fletcher as Babyface in “Bugsy Malone.” He said he is still recognized in the film, 45 years later.
Fletcher said Parker “was one of the great, diverse, eclectic and original British filmmakers of his generation and my directing hero.”
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British filmmaker David Puttnam said Parker “was my oldest and closest friend, he was always accustomed to his talent. My life, and that of many others who loved and respected him, will never be not anymore “.
Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond films, said that Parker’s films “exhibited the elements of his personality that we so much appreciated; integrity, humanity, humor and irreverence and rebellion and, most certainly, entertainment. “
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Parker, he said, “never made the same movie twice.”
Parker is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, their children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry and seven grandchildren.