Tony Scott (1944 – 2012)

  Top Gun (1986) was the perfect film. At the time of its release I was 10 going on 11, and because of the scene with that song I wasn’t allowed to watch it clandestinely until a couple of years later. (My parents sometimes conveniently closed an eye.) Turned out that Maverick’s (Tom Cruise) and Iceman’s…

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Sidney Lumet (1924 – 2011)

Sidney Lumet was never amongst those directors whose films I pursued assiduously. However he was unarguably one of the best director of actors around and in this respect three of his films mean a lot to me. The first one is Dog Day Afternoon (1975), a heist-gone-wrong film in which Al Pacino and John Cazale…

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Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011)

My earliest memory of Elizabeth Taylor is from A Place in the Sun (1951), as she happily skis across the water, tied to a boat driven by Montgomery Clift. Although I like this film a lot, my favourite remains Richard Brooks‘s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). I was about seven when I saw it…

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Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)

It is quite sad to have to write an obit as the second post of the year, especially considering how many prominent people in the film world have been passing on to greener pastures in the last few months. I have just read about Pete Postlethwaite‘s death.  He was definitely one of the greatest actors around…

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Blake Edwards (1922 – 2010)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) The Party (1968) The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) Blind Date (1987) Related Articles Director Blake Edwards — Dead at 88 (tmz.com) R.I.P.: Blake Edwards (1922-2010) (gointothestory.com)

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Leslie Nielsen (1926-2010)

By Alan Light via Wikimedia Commons   Forbidden Planet (1956) Airplane! (1980) The Naked Gun (1988) Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) Related Articles Leslie Nielsen of Airplane! and Naked Gun Fame Dies at 84 (omg.yahoo.com) Leslie Nielsen, RIP (brooklynvegan.com) Naked Gun Actor Leslie Nielsen Dies [Video] (gawker.com)

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Dino De Laurentiis (1919 – 2010)

By Justin Sewell via Wikimedia Commons Guardie e Ladri (1951) La Strada (1954) Le Notti di Cabiria (1957) Maciste contro il vampiro (1961) Barbarella (1968) Serpico (1973) Death Wish (1974) King Kong (1976) Conan the Barbarian (1982) Silver Bullet (1985) Manhunter (1986)

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