Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

RIP, continued

Douglas Slocombe (1913-2016), aged 103. The veteran British cinematographer, who shot a lot of British classics from the 1940s, those Ealing films like IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY, the great colour film SARABAND FOR DEAD LOVERS in 1948, KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS,  and 60s films like THE SERVANT, THE ITALIAN JOB, cult favourite THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, and in the '80s those Indiana Jones films starting with RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, as well as THE MUSIC LOVERS, THE GREAT GATSBY and JULIA in the 1970s, and THE LION IN WINTER in 1968. As with the great Jack Cardiff, we like so many of the films he worked on.

Harper Lee (1926-2016) aged 89. The author of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD which still goes on selling and became that influential 1962 film. We loved the book and the film too.  

Margaret Forster (1938-2016), aged 77 - prolific British novelist, her best known book is probaby GEORGY GIRL, which was filmed in 1966. Her husband, writer  and official Beatles biographer Hunter Davies wrote the novel of HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH (see below), which became another essential 1960s film. Forster's other best-sellers include "Diary of an Ordindary Woman" and "Hidden Lives: A Family Memoir" and "My Life in Houses".

Umberto Eco (1932-2016), aged 84. Italian writer and philosopher, whose best known work THE NAME OF THE ROSE was a 1980s film. 

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