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#9526 Post by Soothsayer » Wed Sep 22, 2021 4:48 pm

Along with Cabaret Voltaire being early adopters of making music videos. The “Doublevision” dvd Mute Records put out is great if you’re a Cabs fan.

The Red Mecca album was one of my most sought after records for a large part of my teenage years (90’s, in the U.S.). Ultimately found it and well worth the hunt!

RIP Richard H Kirk

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#9528 Post by Drucker » Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:40 pm

This is at least like the third death I can think of off the top of my head where a legendary director's death came near a critical reappraisal of their work or a major restoration. If memory serves, Rivette passed away near the release of the Out1 box, and I believe Romero died around the time the NOTLD blu-ray (or was it around the time of the Arrow box?)

Strange coincidence is all. I feel like there are a couple of other recent examples I can't think of off the top of my head.

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#9529 Post by swo17 » Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:44 pm

Even more fortuitous in this case, as it's a career retrospective and is literally the next Criterion release that comes out (next week!)

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#9530 Post by MongooseCmr » Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:47 pm

Varda most recently

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#9531 Post by dwk » Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:08 pm

Romero was just before the Arrow box.

Seijun Suzuki died shortly before one of the Arrow boxes.

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#9532 Post by MichaelB » Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:11 am

Luis Buñuel died just before an impressively extensive retrospective on BBC2 in the UK, which had already been booked and scheduled but it looked like an admirably prompt reaction to his death.

(That season was one of my formative cultural experiences, coming shortly after I discovered uncut Nicolas Roeg films on the same channel.)

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#9533 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Sep 23, 2021 3:12 am

Here's the Guardian article on Melvin Van Peebles

EDIT: And the great reelblack YouTube channel has the Classified X documentary narrated by Melvin Van Peebles about the history of black representation in Hollywood.
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#9534 Post by beamish14 » Thu Sep 23, 2021 11:10 am

Andrzej Zulawski also passed away in the aftermath of a touring retrospective (which he was initially pencilled in to make speaking engagements at) hit NYC and LA.

I bought a beautiful Polish poster for On the Silver Globe that I'd hoped to get him to sign.

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#9535 Post by willoneill » Thu Sep 23, 2021 12:14 pm


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#9536 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Sep 23, 2021 12:57 pm

Roger Michell at 65, probably most famous as director of Notting Hill.

But also Enduring Love (based on the Ian McEwan novel); the 2017 Rachel Weisz-starring version of My Cousin Rachel (based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel); Morning Glory (the TV newsroom film with Harrison Ford vying with Diane Keaton); the early 90s BBC The Buddha of Suburbia TV series based on Hanif Kureishi's novel and providing a big role for Naveen Andrews; The Mother from 2003 with a pre-Bond Daniel Craig; 2006's Venus, which led to Peter O'Toole's last Oscar nomination; Hyde Park On Hudson (with Bill Murray as FDR), and Changing Lanes (with Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck in a commuter conflict against each other).
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#9537 Post by beamish14 » Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:24 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
Thu Sep 23, 2021 12:57 pm
Roger Michell at 65, probably most famous as director of Notting Hill.

But also Enduring Love (based on the Ian McEwan novel); the 2017 Rachel Weisz-starring version of My Cousin Rachel (based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel); Morning Glory (the TV newsroom film with Harrison Ford vying with Diane Keaton); the early 90s BBC The Buddha of Suburbia TV series based on Hanif Kureshi's novel and providing a big role for Naveen Andrews; The Mother from 2003 with a pre-Bond Daniel Craig; 2006's Venus, which led to Peter O'Toole's last Oscar nomination; Hyde Park On Hudson (with Bill Murray as FDR), and Changing Lanes (with Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck in a commuter conflict against each other).

Buddha of Suburbia and Venus are really extraordinary works. He was a great match for Hanif Kureishi.

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#9538 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Sep 23, 2021 3:37 pm

Absolutely! It had never really properly sunk with me before now that Michell's collaborations with Kureishi as writer also covered the previously mentioned The Mother as well as the great Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent film Le Week-End.

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#9539 Post by zedz » Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:19 pm

Soothsayer wrote:
Wed Sep 22, 2021 4:48 pm
Along with Cabaret Voltaire being early adopters of making music videos. The “Doublevision” dvd Mute Records put out is great if you’re a Cabs fan.

The Red Mecca album was one of my most sought after records for a large part of my teenage years (90’s, in the U.S.). Ultimately found it and well worth the hunt!

RIP Richard H Kirk
The latest rash of Cabaret Voltaire albums (which were actually just Kirk albums) from late last year / early this year were a really solid career climax, looking back to all the eras of the band's sound.

Red Mecca is a wonderful album, but I think 2 x 45 is my favourite. Following the band in the 80s and 90s was a continuous adventure. They followed their own path with their own logic, and it intersected briefly with the path of pop music around 1990 ('Hypnotized') before they both carried on their merry ways.

Their lone single on Factory, a remix of 'Yashar', is one of the best things they ever did:
Yashar (this isn't it, but it's close!)

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#9540 Post by Calvin » Sat Sep 25, 2021 5:50 am

Eiichi Yamamoto, who directed Belladonna of Sadness and the other Animerama films

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#9541 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Sep 25, 2021 6:05 pm

I had not realised that he had written the screenplay adaptation of the 1991 film The Sensualist before now, but it kind of make sense now in fitting in thematically with those early 70s erotic animations. Apparently one of his last credits is co-directing a 30 minute short film One Arm in 2019 (with the director who made the Street Fighter II anime!), based on the Yasunari Kawabata story.

Yamamoto spend most of the latter half of the 1970s and first half of the 1980s working as one of the co-creators on the original Space Battleship Yamato series. His 1985 feature film Odin: Photon Sailer Starlight is pretty much in the same territory of 'spaceship as futuristic sailing vessel' as well.
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#9542 Post by blackswan » Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:50 am


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#9543 Post by Lemmy Caution » Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:12 pm

Pee Wee Ellis, James Brown’s Partner in Funk, Dies at 80
Was The Godfather's long time bandleader and co-wrote such seminal songs as Cold Sweat and Say It Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud. Pareles' obit includes a story where a 16 year old Ellis ran into Sonny Rollins in 1957 and asked if he would give him sax lessons. Sonny agreed.
I saw Ellis with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley at SOB's in NYC circa 1987. Talented musicians who played together for decades. And earlier when I caught James Brown live at the old 5th Avenue Lone Star Cafe. Pee Wee Ellis was an essential component of the James Brown phenomena/experience. Writing, arranging, directing, playing, helping to craft kernels of ideas into songs that helped define an era..

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#9544 Post by L.A. » Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:43 am

Sergei Parajanov's son director Suren Parajanov aged 63 in Kyiv.

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#9546 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Sep 29, 2021 1:05 pm

Lemmy Caution wrote:
Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:12 pm
Pee Wee Ellis, James Brown’s Partner in Funk, Dies at 80
Was The Godfather's long time bandleader and co-wrote such seminal songs as Cold Sweat and Say It Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud. Pareles' obit includes a story where a 16 year old Ellis ran into Sonny Rollins in 1957 and asked if he would give him sax lessons. Sonny agreed.
I saw Ellis with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley at SOB's in NYC circa 1987. Talented musicians who played together for decades. And earlier when I caught James Brown live at the old 5th Avenue Lone Star Cafe. Pee Wee Ellis was an essential component of the James Brown phenomena/experience. Writing, arranging, directing, playing, helping to craft kernels of ideas into songs that helped define an era..
I remember my bewilderment that the same guy I knew from James Brown's records was also one of the horn players featured in Van Morrison's "New Age" phase. It's not so bewildering when you hear those solos, but the music overall seemed worlds away from the epochal stuff Brown and his band was creating at their '60s peak. (It says Ellis started on Into the Music, which I prefer over anything Morrison released in the '80s.) But those are two extremely tough band leaders to work for - to flourish under those circumstances is especially impressive.

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#9548 Post by MichaelB » Sat Oct 02, 2021 7:37 am

British film editor Jon Gregory - if you don't know the name, you'll certainly know the work; the attached obit is by Mike Leigh, quite a few of whose films Gregory cut.

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#9549 Post by hearthesilence » Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:49 am

MichaelB wrote:
Sat Oct 02, 2021 7:37 am
British film editor Jon Gregory - if you don't know the name, you'll certainly know the work; the attached obit is by Mike Leigh, quite a few of whose films Gregory cut.
FWIW, a friend of a friend who's in the movie business worked with him on at least one occasion. Typically whenever I talked to them about what it's like to be in the movie business, they inevitably complain about such-and-such individual being a jerk, but Gregory was one of the rare occasions where they had nothing but warm memories.

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#9550 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Oct 02, 2021 12:05 pm

It looks like he was involved with a lot of Mike Newell's films as well including Four Weddings and a Funeral (which coincidentally is showing this coming Wednesday on Film4), An Awfully Big Adventure, Donnie Brasco and Pushing Tin. Along with John Hillcoat's The Proposition and The Road. And Martin McDonagh's In Bruge and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Also the original Channel 4 mini-series of Traffik, and Chen Kaige's ill-fated Hollywood erotic thriller Killing Me Softly!

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