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Alan Parker, Director of Midnight Express, Fame, and The Commitments, Dies at 76

by Ace Damon

What do films as diverse as Bugsy Malone, Birdy, Shoot The Moon and The Road to Wellville have in common? Not far from director Alan Parker, the great British talent who passed away on Friday, according to A representative. He was 76 years old.

Parker’s career began to direct commercials, including a remarkable location with Joan Collins and Leonard Rossiter for Cinzano. His first theatrical feature was a classic “only in the 1970s”, Bugsy Malone, in which pre-teens like Scott Baio and Jodie Foster play thugs and molls in a criminal musical from the 1930s. , the entire action of the machine gun was changed to pie fights. The film premiered at Cannes in competition and received several Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.

Two years later, in 1978, Parker launched the Midnight Express, an American success story based on the true story of an American caught smuggling hash from Turkey and then imprisoned in that country’s brutal prison system.

The film starred Brad Davis, was Oliver Stone’s first substantial script credit (for which he won an Oscar), and featured an Oscar winner. electronic scoring scored by Giorgio Moroder. (The film has been nominated for four other Oscars, including best film, best director for Parker, best editing and best supporting actor for John Hurt.) While it may not be as important among moviegoers today, the phrase “Turkish prison”It was something like a meme in its day, thanks to this film.

In 1980, Parker directed another sensation, the musical Fame. Located at the High School of Performing Arts in New York (which has since merged with the High School of Music & Art to become Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts), it is the children’s theater text, with classics like “Hot Lunch Jam, “”I sing the electric body, ”And the title track par excellence to stop the traffic, sung by Irene Cara.

The fame won two Oscars (score and music), was nominated for four more and kept an entire generation in the hands of jazz.

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