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#7326 Post by Roger Ryan » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:30 pm

The last of the Lollipop Guild, and the last munchkin period, Jerry Maren.

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#7327 Post by dadaistnun » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:41 pm

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin of The Last Poets.

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#7328 Post by Feego » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:06 pm

Roger Ryan wrote:
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The last of the Lollipop Guild, and the last munchkin period, Jerry Maren.
It's probably safe to assume he was also the last surviving cast member period.

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#7329 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:33 pm

The original Chicago Tribune article cited for that Maren obituary makes the more qualified claim that Maren was the last survivor "of the original 124 little people who starred in the film." Some of the Munchkins were played by non-little person children and several of them are seemingly still alive, including Priscilla Montgomery and Betty Ann Bruno. Also, Ambrose Schindler (who played one of the guards at the witch's castle and also doubled for Jack Haley in some shots) is apparently still going at 101.

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#7330 Post by L.A. » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:08 pm

Kira Muratova.

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#7331 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:18 pm

Damn, I found out about her only a few months ago via the Women Directors List thread.

The Asthenic Syndrome (what may be her greatest film) is streaming on Amazon Prime, though it seems to be her only film that's available through them. I do see quite a few of her other works on YouTube like Three Stories - unfortunately this may be the best option for most American viewers as she remains little-known here and nearly all of her films aren't even available on DVD.

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#7332 Post by Yakushima » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:12 pm

What a terrible loss... I was thinking a lot about Kira Muratova lately, and re-watched many of her films on DVDs, starting with my favorite, "The Tuner" and ending with her last, and thus a final picture, "Endless return". The last of the giants of Soviet and post-Soviet Russian/Ukranian filmmaking, and a wonderful human being is gone. R.I.P.

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#7333 Post by Oedipax » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:50 am

Extremely sad news about Kira Muratova. I hope her work will gain a lot more attention now, as is sadly all-too-often the case with people's passing - and the very much (renewed? new?) interest in film studies and criticism on highlighting women directors (not that her work need be ghettoized as such, but...)

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#7334 Post by ando » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:24 am

dadaistnun wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:41 pm
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin of The Last Poets.
Oh wow. Thanks.

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#7335 Post by FrauBlucher » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:22 am

CNN is reporting that Anthony Bourdain has died.

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#7336 Post by dx23 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:47 am

FrauBlucher wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:22 am
CNN is reporting that Anthony Bourdain has died.
And they just confirmed it was a suicide. I'm really shocked about this.

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#7337 Post by domino harvey » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:27 am

My God, what is going on with all these suicides lately?

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#7338 Post by Murdoch » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:23 am

Fuck.

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#7339 Post by Luke M » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:48 am

I love watching Bourdain’s shows. No matter where he was he always approached new cultures, people, and food with empathy and genuine enthusiasm. He was cynical at times but never punched down. His greatest gift was showing Americans why they shouldn’t be afraid of other places and people. He often shined a light on darker places and gave humanity to voices that are all too often unheard or intentionally silenced. He inspired curiosity in me to explore foods and places I might not otherwise have taken.

He was a giant and it’s such a monumental loss.

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#7340 Post by bearcuborg » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:13 am

Success is not a vaccine for depression.

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#7341 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:37 pm

Danny Kirwan of Fleetwood Mac. Joined the band in the late '60s and immediately established himself as one of the great guitarists in the band's history, surpassing Jeremy Spencer and proving himself to be a perfect foil and collaborator for Peter Green. They recorded "Albatross" and "Oh Well" together as well as one great album, Then Play On, before Green left the group. From that point on, along with Christine McVie, Kirwan became responsible for much of the group's best material until his falling out with the band after Bare Trees. His contributions on that last album were enormous, but he recorded little work afterwards and became the most tragic figure in the band's history, battling mental illness and addictions, even becoming homeless. Terribly sad what happened to him.

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#7342 Post by Ribs » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:23 am

Eunice Gayson, who played Sylvia Trench in the first two Bond films

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#7345 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:33 pm

Zhang Junzhao, a member of the illustrious Beijing Film Academy class of '82, whose revisionist war film One and Eight (1983) is retrospectively reckoned as the first "Fifth Generation" feature—but hardly anyone noticed it at the time, thanks in part to the censors who blocked its international distribution until 1987. Most of his later films were comparatively safe genre exercises like The Lonely Murderer (a martial-arts piece) and Blood from Mother's Hand (a medical melodrama, distinguished by its then-novel Taiwanese setting), though 1989's Arc Light was a reportedly interesting psychodrama that seems to be completely unavailable even through back channels. Like many other Fifth Generation directors, he eventually turned to TV; his last credit was the 2011 series High Walls in the Desert, a prison drama set in Xinjiang, where he lived for a long spell before entering the Film Academy.

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#7346 Post by MichaelB » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:02 pm

French editor Françoise Bonnot.

Even if you don't immediately recognise the name, you'll almost certainly have seen at least one of the films that she cut: the vast majority of Costa-Gavras' output (from Z to Mad City nearly thirty years later - she won an Oscar for the former) followed by all of Julie Taymor's from Titus onwards, along with (amongst much else) Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Roman Polanski's The Tenant, two for Michael Cimino (Year of the Dragon and The Sicilian) and - in a delightfully unexpected swerve - the 1984 ZAZ comedy Top Secret!.

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#7348 Post by Roger Ryan » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:22 am

Elvis Presley's original drummer DJ Fontana.

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