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Director Sir Alan Parker, who made Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express and Evita, died at the age of 76


Sir Alan Parker, director of films like Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express and Evita, died at the age of 76.

A statement by a spokeswoman sent on behalf of the family says Sir Alan died on Friday morning.

His career spanned films like Midnight Express, Evita and The Commitments – and his works have won a total of 19 baftas, 10 golden globes and 10 Oscars.

James Bro producer Barbara Broccoli, who led the awards today, said: “I am broken about the news of Sir Alan Parker's death.

Pictured film director Sir Alan Parker died at the age of 76, a spokeswoman said

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli (left) said, "I am broken about the news of Sir Alan Parker's death."

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli (left) said, "I am broken about the news of Sir Alan Parker's death."

His career is a giant figure in British film and includes Midnight Express, Evita (pictured with stars Madonna and Antonio Banderas) and The Commitments

His career is a giant figure in British film and includes Midnight Express, Evita (pictured with stars Madonna and Antonio Banderas) and The Commitments

& # 39; It is an enormous loss to the world of cinema and a great personal loss to his devoted family and friends who loved and admired him.

& # 39; His work always showed the elements of his personality that we appreciated; Integrity, humanity, humor and disrespect and rebellion and certainly entertainment.

& # 39; He showed a curiosity that enabled his versatility from musicals like Bugsy Malone, Fame and Pink Floyd – The Wall to films about social justice like Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning and The Life Of David Gale. He never made the same film twice.

"His love for cinema as an art form began in his early childhood at the Carlton House cinema in Islington, where he would" escape and dream "and stay with him throughout his career."

Sir Alan was born in Islington, North London in 1962 and started his advertising career Agency Collett Dickenson Pearce as a copywriter, where he worked alongside David Puttnam, Charles Saatchi and Alan Marshall.

He then created S.W.A.L.K. (& # 39; sealed with a loving kiss & # 39;), produced by David Puttnam and directed by Waris Hussein, and published in 1970 as Melody.

In 1974 he switched to the long-form drama when he directed the BBC film The Evacuees by Jack Rosenthal.

Sir Alan wrote and directed his first feature film in 1975, Bugsy Malone – a musical pastiche from Hollywood gangster films of the 1930s with a cast of children.

His second film, Midnight Express from 1977, won two Oscars, six Golden Globes and four Baftas.

In 1981 he directed Pink Floyd – The Wall, the feature film adaptation of the band's successful rock album, which became a cult classic among music fans.

In November 1995 he was appointed CBE for services to the British film industry and in 2002 received his knighthood.

Sir Alan received the Bafta Academy Fellowship Award in 2013, the highest award for the body.

Sir Sean Connery, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Sir Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese and Mike Leigh were also awarded the scholarship.

In 2018, the renowned director donated his important private collection of scripts and working papers to the BFI National Archives.

His works have won a total of 19 baftas, 10 golden globes and 10 oscars. Pictured: Sir Alan gives Mickey Rourke the direction of Angel Heart

His works have won a total of 19 baftas, 10 golden globes and 10 oscars. Pictured: Sir Alan gives Mickey Rourke the direction of Angel Heart

In 1975 he wrote and directed his first feature film, Bugsy Malone - a musical pastiche from Hollywood gangster films of the 1930s with a cast of children.

In 1975 he wrote and directed his first feature film, Bugsy Malone – a musical pastiche from Hollywood gangster films of the 1930s with a cast of children.

Today director David Puttnam said: “Alan was my oldest and closest friend, I was always in awe of his talent. My life and that of many others who loved and respected him will never be the same again. & # 39;

While director Nick Murphy described Sir Alan as "great talent" in a tweet, he wrote: "Alan Parker has made so many wonderful films. Simply wonderful. A great talent. As you know, RIP Alan Parker. & # 39;

Bafta wrote on Twitter: & # 39; We are deeply saddened by the death of Bafta fellow Alan Parker.

"As a Bafta award-winning filmmaker, we enjoyed Bugsy Malone, The Commitments, Midnight Express, and many others."

And the Academy of Arts and Sciences for Feature Films, which distributes the Oscars, added: “Two-time Oscar nominee Alan Parker was a chameleon.

“His work entertained us, connected us and gave us such a strong sense of time and place. As an exceptional talent, he is very much missed. & # 39;

Sir Alan's last major success was the 1996 music drama Evita, in which Madonna played the leading role of the late Argentine first lady Eva Peron.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, who composed the music for the film, said of Sir Alan: “(He was) my friend and collaborator of the Evita film and one of the few directors who really understood musicals on screen.

Sir Alan is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry and seven grandchildren.

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