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#6376 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:02 pm

Tommy Allsup. Played lead guitar for some of Buddy Holly's later recordings (most notably "It's So Easy" where he turns in a fine solo), he also backed Holly on his last tour and "lost" a fateful coin toss that kept him off that plane.

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#6377 Post by MichaelB » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:21 pm

Teresa Ann Savoy, English actress best known for appearing in three notorious Italian films: Salon Kitty, Private Vices Public Virtues and of course Caligula.

Sadly, I can't say I'm surprised at this news - when I recorded my piece for Mondo Macabro's recent release of Private Vices Public Virtues I heard she was in a very bad way.

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#6378 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:55 pm

I'm sorry to hear that. She is a little peripheral in Caligula (playing the much mourned sister in an incestuous relationship with Malcolm McDowell's Caligula before Helen Mirren takes over for the second half!), but she's really the central character of the raunchy mash up of The Damned and Cabaret, Salon Kitty (NSFW), no matter how much that film digresses off into other eye-opening shenanigans! She's the core though, moving from enthusiastic National Socialist into co-owner of a potential brothel franchise by the climax (suggesting the fine line between capitalism and fascism! Especially in how they both exploit the body politic!)

(I remember being particularly glad to see that Private Vices, Public Virtues featured her too, and during the same period of her career as well. It was great to see that film returned to view)
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#6380 Post by GaryC » Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:23 am

Lord Snowdon (Antony Armstrong-Jones), photographer and former husband of Princess Margaret.

IMDB doesn't record it, but under the name "Tony Snowdon" he also directed two episodes of the 1975 BBC series Explorers, which I remember from the time - the episodes on Burke and Wills and Mary Kelly. In fact this series, which won a British Academy Award, seems to have dropped off the radar entirely. It doesn't appear to have entries on either IMDB on Wikipedia.

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#6381 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:22 pm

I'll jump in before Mark Kermode does a bigger tribute to it (although I'll do it through sharing one of his video blogs on the film! Partly because the film's trailer appears to be Content Warning locked on YouTube!) but The Ninth Configuration is an amazing piece of work. Like Catch-22 but more off-kilter, funnier and even more harrowing. Better, and more religiously introspective, than The Exorcist but understandably more esoteric and weird than that bed-bouncing blockbuster.

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#6382 Post by beamish13 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:55 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
I'll jump in before Mark Kermode does a bigger tribute to it (although I'll do it through sharing one of his video blogs on the film! Partly because the film's trailer appears to be Content Warning locked on YouTube!) but The Ninth Configuration is an amazing piece of work. Like Catch-22 but more off-kilter, funnier and even more harrowing. Better, and more religiously introspective, than The Exorcist but understandably more esoteric and weird than that bed-bouncing blockbuster.
I agree. Steve de Jarnatt, director of Cherry 2000 and Miracle Mile, reminisced on social media that Blatty personally acted as a street corner barker for The Ninth Configuration outside of the UCLA-adjacent cinema that was exhibiting it.
He was a fantastic novelist, and his work as a screenwriter on the second film in the Pink Panther franchise, A Shot in the Dark is remarkable.

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#6383 Post by bearcuborg » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:21 pm

Dick Gautier, who played Hymie - the robot on Get Smart - dead at 85.

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#6385 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:32 pm

It's a massive shame that case sat like it did collecting dust until he was unreliable enough to prosecute.

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#6386 Post by dx23 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:18 pm

I guess the lawyer wasn't lying when he said Snuka didn't have a lot of time left.

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#6388 Post by djproject » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:22 pm

Eugene Cernan, the last man on the moon

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#6389 Post by oh yeah » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:40 pm

Omensetter wrote:Mark Fisher
Really?

I'm stunned... Mark was utterly brilliant. I didn't know him personally, but I never had the impression he was either particularly old, or sick, so this is quite a shock. Edit: I've just read on Wiki that his wife confirmed it was a suicide. Horribly tragic.

In his honor I want to post this brilliant analysis/discussion of Kubrick he started, from the old google newsgroup.

R.I.P.

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#6390 Post by Lemmy Caution » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:20 pm

bearcuborg wrote:Dick Gautier, who played Hymie - the robot on Get Smart - dead at 85.
Gautier co-wrote the 1968 movie "Maryjane" and the 1972 film "Wild in the Sky," starring Georg Stanford Brown.

Anyone familiar with those films?

I always thought Gautier did a terrific job as Hymie, weirdly believable, even as the jokes he was given (mostly to do with over-literal understanding of phrases) were rather uneven.

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#6391 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:34 pm

Omensetter wrote:Mark Fisher
David Stubbs's tribute is quite touching. I found Fisher's work invaluable when I got into postpunk but his film readings were especially insightful. He'll definitely be missed.

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#6392 Post by MichaelB » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:59 am

Bill Margold, legendary porn actor turned genre historian and legacy-defender in later years.

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#6393 Post by Feego » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:44 pm

MichaelB wrote:Bill Margold, legendary porn actor turned genre historian and legacy-defender in later years.
My only familiarity with Margold is from his interview on the now defunct Subversive Cinema's edition of Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical, where he mostly condemns the current porn industry for the extreme gymnastics required of performers and looks back fondly on the, ahem, natural qualities of 70s performers.

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#6396 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:31 pm

You can also add Pete "Overhand" Watts (Mott the Hoople's bassist) and Mike Kellie (drummer for the Only Ones and others - Johnny Thunders's "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory" - later a producer). Tough days for the rhythm section.

Also Maggie Roche.

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#6397 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:59 pm

Gorden Kaye, best known as hapless bar owner René from BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo. He's also in a couple of the BBC Shakespeare series from the early 80s: in the adaptations of Much Ado About Nothing and King John.

Feature film-wise he did make a couple of brief appearances in Terry Gilliam films: in Jabberwocky (as "Sister Jessica"!) and as an officious desk clerk in the lobby of the Ministry of Information in Brazil.

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#6398 Post by Robin Davies » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:10 pm

hearthesilence wrote:You can also add Pete "Overhand" Watts (Mott the Hoople's bassist).
Pete Overend Watts.

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#6399 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:14 pm

Robin Davies wrote:
hearthesilence wrote:You can also add Pete "Overhand" Watts (Mott the Hoople's bassist).
Pete Overend Watts.
Agh, damn you autocorrect!

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#6400 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:41 pm

colinr0380 wrote:Gorden Kaye, best known as hapless bar owner René from BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo. He's also in a couple of the BBC Shakespeare series from the early 80s: in the adaptations of Much Ado About Nothing and King John.

Feature film-wise he did make a couple of brief appearances in Terry Gilliam films: in Jabberwocky (as "Sister Jessica"!) and as an officious desk clerk in the lobby of the Ministry of Information in Brazil.
'Allo 'Allo still makes me laugh, even now. It's completely of its time (Thatcher's Britain) and you wouldn't get away with a lot of it now; homophobia, stereotypes of French, Germans and Brits, cartoony obsessions with bosoms, but it never felt mean and had some quite brilliant comic timing with its absurd plot lines. It's one of those sitcoms I'd love to show non-English natives, see what they make of it.

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