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Lino Manfrotto, photojournalist, inventor and founder of Manfrotto, died today. http://nofilmschool....-passes-away-80



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Mike Ilitch died the other day. I don't know anything about him other than he was a Marine, owned some teams, and a pizza joint



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Mike Ilitch died the other day. I don't know anything about him other than he was a Marine, owned some teams, and a pizza joint

kinda weird.  a friend o' ours passed away a few years ago.  he owned a half dozen little caesars franchises and he were a former head coach of the atlanta flames hockey team. weren't a marine, 'cause he were, y'know, kanadian.  anyway, the hockey + little caesars connection made us recall the passing o' a good friend.



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Jiro Taniguchi, manga artist/author responsible for, among other things, The Walking Man, Summit of the Gods and Icarus (alongside Jean Giraud) died earlier this week.

 

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https://www.nytimes....dies-at-76.html

 

Al Jarreau, Jazz, R&B & pop singer passed away Sunday.

 



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What a horribly morbid thread....

With all due respect to the various folks who have past away, celebs are nothing special. People die every day, good people and bad people. The in recent times increased obsession with 'celebrity deaths' is a reflection of some of the worst aspects of modern society.

I hope this threads dies sooner than later.



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Prince and David Bowie are nothing special?

 

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In all honesty the reason I update this thread with some regularity is because it's a good chance to further divulge their work, and only do so when the artist/celebrity in question is someone I admired to a degree or another. On the other hand, people like Leibezeit, Wetton, Hurt, or even Manfrotto who's best known as an inventor and industry founder, are people whose death did affect me, because I did have a link with their work and liked them as people. Being a celebrity has little to do with paying respect to a person you cared for, however distantly, in their death.


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I might have thought that Vals would at least have some appreciation for Hurt, 1984 and V for Vendetta would seem to be right up his alley, philosophically speaking and as warnings, at least.



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What a horribly morbid thread....

 

I wouldn't say it's that morbid. It's not as though we're all sitting here crying our eyes out - it's an opportunity to share the work - hopefully interesting and/or good - that people have done throughout their lives, people many of us may not have ever heard of. I know what the title of the thread says, but many of these weren't even really celebrities...just interesting and noted people whose time have apparently come and gone and whom we might appreciate to learn a little about.

 

It's also a way to keep updated on the more major deaths, too, I guess. Even though the majority of us are bound to hear plenty enough about those already...


Edited by Bartimaeus, 16 February 2017 - 08:42 PM.

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I frequent a forum on certain classic films that has a complete forum dedicated to memorializing those of artistic talent who have passed away (...and its been going on so long, memorializing some of the posters of the board).
 
Given that we've had individual threads on various people here before, I don't think there's anything wrong with mentioning people of distinction - actors, directors, scientists, musicians, writers, artists, etc.

 

And with that in mind, Bruce Lansbury, producer of Mission: Impossible, Wild, Wild West, Knight Rider and - working with his older sister - Murder She Wrote passed away - http://www.nydailyne...ticle-1.2973846



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R.I.P. George "The Animal" Steele



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Now Larry Coryell...

 

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And Ivan Koloff

 

And long-time TV actor Warren Frost, (Doc Hayward in TWIN PEAKS amid many credits) also passed away.  He was also the father of Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost.

 

And Time Magazine's film critic Richard Schieckel has also passed away.  He was also an extensive documentarian with 5 emmy nominations for his documentaries on film (like THE MEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES (1973)).



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https://www.theguard...ki-dies-aged-93

 

Seijun Suzuki died. It makes me sad to an extent, though 93's not a shabby age to go. For those not familiar with his wonderful filmography, go check out Tokyo Drifter, Branded to Kill and Gate of Flesh!

 


Edited by algroth, 22 February 2017 - 06:32 AM.


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93 is a good age, but you can't help but wonder what he could have done if his dismissal from Nikkatsu in '67 and the subsequent lawsuit he won hadn't led to his blacklisting for a decade. Although with Nikkatsu's content change in 1974, there's no telling really what his career would have been like during that period, I guess.

I'm pretty sure I know his films primarily from reputation, though, as I haven't delved too deeply into the Nikkatsu catalogue.


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93 is a good age, but you can't help but wonder what he could have done if his dismissal from Nikkatsu in '67 and the subsequent lawsuit he won hadn't led to his blacklisting for a decade. Although with Nikkatsu's content change in 1974, there's no telling really what his career would have been like during that period, I guess.

I'm pretty sure I know his films primarily from reputation, though, as I haven't delved too deeply into the Nikkatsu catalogue.

As a bit of a Japanophile, especially when it comes to arts (cinema and literature especially), I'd tell you to investigate some more on their catalogue as some of the directors working with them at the time were really interesting, and vital for the whole Japanese New Wave and such. Shohei Imamura in particular is my favorite Japanese filmmaker and he saw his rise to fame in that studio (even if he'd make his best work later too). Pigs and Battleships, The Insect Woman and Intentions of Murder, all available as a box-set from Criterion, are well worth getting, he's got one of the keenest and most interesting eyes I've come across in cinema. There's also Koreyoshi Kurahara, and Ko Nakahira. All the same it occurs to me that all these directors were very much at odds with the studio at the time, to my awareness the films of Imamura and Suzuki at least were very badly seen by the studio heads, and were bound to break apart sooner or later. With Suzuki I reckon it would have happened either way it played out, it just did in the worst possible manner.



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The Criterion Collection is certainly an embarrassment of riches in many ways.  There is so much there to try and work through.



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The Criterion Collection is certainly an embarrassment of riches in many ways.  There is so much there to try and work through.

Can't hurt to have more - to this day I still hear people bemoaning the lack of this film or other. Can't get their hands on everything though.

 

It's certainly my go-to home video distributor, I've spent more money buying out stuff in their catalogue than I have DVD/Blus of any other company. Those B&N sales are a godsend...



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