Alan Parker, twice nominated for “Best Director” at Oscar, died on July 31 in London, aged 76.
According to the NY Times, a representative of the British Film Institute, he said he died of a number of unexplained illnesses. Director’s health has declined in recent years because of age and disease. He died in the arms of his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, five children and seven grandchildren.
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats …) commemorates colleagues on social networks, said Alan Parker is a director who truly understands the importance of music on screen. The two collaborated in the film Evita (1996), the film of the “pop queen” Madonna.
Alan Parker was born on February 14, 1944, in Islington District, London, England. He started his career in writing and producing advertising films from a young age, then gradually moved on to directing movies in the early 1970s. He is famous for many genres of movies, from music (Bugsy Malone, Fame, Pink Floyd – The Wall, Evita …), drama (Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, Angela’s Ashes …) to horror (Angel Heart, The Life of David Gale…).
His films won 19 BAFTA awards, 10 Golden Globes and six Oscars. Birdy (1984) was voted by the American Film Critics Council as one of the 10 best films of the year and won the “Grand Prix Spécial du Jury” at the Cannes Film Festival the following year. Parker was awarded the title of knight by the Royal Family in 2002, for his contributions to the film industry. In 2013, he received the title “Academy Fellowship Award”, the most prestigious award from BAFTA.