Director Sir Alan Parker is dead | Movies | DW

Director Sir Alan Parker is dead | Movies | KG

His films have long been cult. What Alan Parker brought to the screen especially in the 1970s and 1980s still captivates viewers today. The mystery thriller "Angel heart ", the musical "Evita" with Madonna in the leading role, the gangster comedy "Bugsy Malone", the drama "Mississippi Burning" about Racism in the United States or the gripping music adaptation "Pink Floyd – The Wall"were among his masterpieces. The films" Fame "," Midnight Express "and" Die Commitments "are also legendary. What Parker did was a success. He won an Oscar and several Golden Globes and British Academy Film Awards.

First steps in advertising

Parker was born in London on February 14, 1944. His first job was as an office messenger in an advertising agency. But soon he was allowed to write his own texts. One day he met the future film producer David Puttnam at work – the foundation stone was laid for Alan Parker's career as a director.

In 1968, he first shot commercials for television, and then began making short films in the early 1970s. He was one of a generation of filmmakers who simply had to start advertising because there was no film industry in Britain at the time, he said.

Willem Dafoe in Mississippi Burning (ORION PICTURES CORPORATION)

Special agent Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe) wants to investigate the death of three young black men in "Mississippi Burning" – and stabs a wasp nest

A life for the film

With men like Parker, that should change. He later became Chairman of the British Film Institute and the United Kingdom Film Council. In 2002 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his achievements in the film industry. In his last film "The Life of David Gale" with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet in the leading roles, he addressed the death penalty in the United States.

Parker died on Friday after a long illness, his family said. His long-time companion David Puttnam was deeply affected. With Parker he loses "his oldest and closest friend". The British film and television academy Bafta also expressed its sympathy, the US film academy recognized Parker as "exceptional talent".

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