Alan Parker, British director of “Midnight Express” and “Fame”, died at the age of 76

The filmmaker was also behind “Bugsy Malone”, “Evita” and “The Commitments”. He succumbed to a “long illness” on Friday.

He made cult films in the 70s and 80s. Alan Parker, British director of Midnight Express, Fame and Mississippi Burning, among others, died at the age of 76, his family told AFP on Friday (July 31). He had also directed the film adaptation of Angela’s Ashes, best-selling book by Irish-American writer Frank McCourt.

Born in London on February 14, 1944, Alan Parker, whose filmography also includes Evita and The Commitments, succumbed to a “long illness”, according to a spokesperson appointed by his family. In 1985, he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Birdy. Alan Parker was a filmmaker, lively, brilliant, prolific, happy with his style in the stomach “, greeted Gilles Jacob, filmmaker and president of the Cannes Film Festival from 2001 to 2014.

In total,s movies got five Bafta, the English equivalent of the Caesar. Midnight Express and Mississippi Burning had been selected for the Oscars, but had not won the famous golden statuette. What did not prevent the Academy from paying homage “to his extraordinary talent”.

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