Much-loved 'Commitments' director Alan Parker dies aged 76

Brenda Watkins
August 3, 2020

Burning would nearly act as Parker's peak as his follow-up films, Come See the Paradise and The Road to Wellville received generally mixed reviews and were box office failures while The Commitments was underwhelming at the box office despite rave reviews and his 1976 adaptation of Evita saw mixed reviews but was a box office smash.

Known for his eclecticism, Parker was similarly at ease worldwides of musical and of compelling real police procedural. It featured a young Jodie Foster as the glamorous singer Tallulah, and other child actors who went on to have successful careers.

1978 saw the release of Midnight Express, an Oliver Stone-scripted drama about an American drug smuggler being held in a Turkish prison.

In 2015, Parker declared he was stopping the film industry.

His films had diversity, with each one being different from the previous one.

"The numerous awards victor, his other movies contained Bugsy Malone, Evita and also Pink Floyd: "The Wall, expired" after a protracted illness", his family said in a statement.

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He directed Pink Floyd's cult music The Wall 1982, the united states racial injustices play Mississippi Burning in 1988, and also the merry 1991 musical comedy play The Commitments, depending on the classic book by the Irish author Roddy Doyle. Matthew Modine who starred in Birdy posted to social media saying being cast in the epic picture transformed his life, and praising Parker as a great artist whose work will live forever.

Mississippi Burning starred Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe as FBI agents investigating the disappearance of three civil rights activists in the 1960s. He began his career in advertising, directing seven award-winning commercials which financed his first fictional film No Hard Feelings in 1973. Critics objected to a lack of Black role models, and what they saw as a narrow focus on the white Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. Based on the best selling autobiography by Frank McCourt the film was a box office disappointment. "My friend and collaborator on the Evita movie and one of the few directors to truly understand musicals on screen".

British filmmaker Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver, was among many figures from the world of cinema who named Parker as an influence. He was nominated for numerous BAFTA Film Awards, and won Best Screenplay for Bugsy Malone, Best Direction for Midnight Express, and Best Film with The Commitments, and also received a BAFTA Fellowship in 2013.

Sir Alan received the CBE in 1995 and a knighthood in 2002.

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