Friday July 31, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – British director Alan Parker, who directed “Midnight Express”, “Bugsy Malone” or even “Fame”, died Friday at the age 76, his family announced.
Born in London on February 14, 1944, Alan Parker, whose filmography also features “Mississippi Burning”, “Evita” and “The Commitments”, succumbed to a “long illness According to a spokesperson appointed by her family.
In total, her works have won 19 Baftas, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars.
The Academy of Oscars paid tribute in a tweet to a “chameleon An “extraordinary talent” who “will be sorely missed.”
Alan Parker started his career in advertising. In 1975, he directed his first feature film, “Bugsy Malone”, a musical parody of 1930s gangster films, performed by children.
His second film, “Midnight Express” (1978), a dive into the ordeal of a young American incarcerated in a Turkish prison after having tried to leave Turkey with hashish, won two Oscars, six Golden Globes and four Baftas.
He directed in 1981 “Pink Floyd – The Wall” , a film that has become a cult following among fans of this British rock group.
His last big success dates back to 1996 with Evita, a musical film in which Madonna plays the actress and Argentinian politician Eva Peron.
The former Cannes festival president Gilles Jacob hailed a filmmaker “lively, brilliant, prolific” and a “sarcastic mind.”
David Puttman, who produced several of Alan Parker's films, paid tribute to one who was his “oldest and closest friend” and who has “always days impressed by his talent ”.
“My life and that of many other people who loved and respected him will never be the same,” he added.
Alan Parker leaves his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, five children and seven grandchildren.
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