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colinr0380
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#8101 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:08 am

Danny Aiello also had a couple of great starring roles in early 90s films with his part as the film director going through a crisis in Paul Mazursky's film The Pickle, which I would bracket in as a kind of New York response to The Player! And he was also Jack Ruby in Ruby from John Mackenzie, the director of The Long Good Friday.

He's also in Eddie Murphy's only film as a director, 1989's Harlem Nights. I would quite like to revisit that some time.

Also his role as the corrupt Police Chief in Once Upon A Time In America who gets his newborn baby swapped in the maternity unit as payback for getting involved with a strike was a very vividly upsetting moment in that film. Here's a quote from David Thomson's Biographical Dictionary of Film entry on the actor:
David Thomson in The Biographical Dictionary of Film wrote:In Once Upon A Time In America, Danny Aiello plays a bullying police chief liked and trusted by no one. He has just had a baby son, but the gangsters play a trick on him by removing identifying tags and putting the baby in a room full of look-alike infants. Primogeniture gone with the wind, and all the puff and bulk of Aiello the actor seething and weeping. The name of the chief is Aiello. Draw your own conclusion.

Some students have marveled that Aiello, credited with over seventy movies in the years from 1973 till now, did nothing until the ripe old age of thirty-seven. In fact, he was for years an official in the Teamsters Union who talked his way into acting jobs. He is a natural comic, a rather good singer, and a big soft show-off who likes to be the heavy. When well cast he is a treat - but trusted with too much he can inspire that practical jokester in all film units.

...He had his great chance being cast - beautifully - as Ruby. He was very good, but nobody wanted to know. He had another lead in Me and the Kid (93, Dan Curtis). But then he tripped up completely, being cast in the lead of the sour The Pickle. Nothing has been quite the same since that...

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#8102 Post by FrauBlucher » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:13 pm

TCM Remembers Always haunting, always depressing and always brilliant

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#8103 Post by Feego » Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:06 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:13 pm
TCM Remembers Always haunting, always depressing and always brilliant
It appears the video has been removed from Twitter and Youtube. The clip they used for Joan Staley was of the wrong actress (it was of the still-living Barrie Chase), so they're probably fixing it. Using a clip of the wrong person has become nearly an annual occurrence for TCM.

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#8104 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:16 pm

RE: Aiello, he's also the guy in Godfather II who says "Michael Corleone says hello"

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#8105 Post by FrauBlucher » Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:49 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:13 pm
TCM Remembers Always haunting, always depressing and always brilliant

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#8106 Post by dadaistnun » Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:15 am

Learned from Karina's Facebook page that Marie Laforêt passed on November 2.

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#8107 Post by mfunk9786 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:30 pm

Discussion of Anna Karina's passing moved here

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#8108 Post by Craig Wallace » Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:37 am

Nicky Henson who appeared in many British films of the 60s and 70s, including Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, Witchfinder General, and Psychomania https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50807031

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#8109 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:25 pm

He's great as the lead of the deathless biker gang in Psychomania. I see that he was also in lots of the 70s sex comedy titles, including the title role in The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones.

He's also Demetrius in the BBC Shakespeare cycle production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, turned up as the "Private Doctor" in Vera Drake, and was apparently somewhere in Syriana!

In more recent times he was in Michael Winner's last film Parting Shots from 1998 and also more unfortunately in that Danny Dyer film Run For Your Wife, which seemed to be trying to be a throwback to the old sex comedies and Carry On films, had the unfortunate honour of being the subject of a Mark Kermode rant. Run For Your Life has an enormous number of cameos, including sadly Richard Briers' last role. But also Vicki Michelle, Bill Pertwee, Sylvia Sims, Robin Askwith, Andrew Sachs, Maureen Lipman, June Whitfield, Linda Hayden (from Blood on Satan's Claw!), Bernard Cribbins, Judi Dench (as "Bag Lady"!), Russ Abbot, Su Pollard, Tom Conti, etc etc. As well as Cliff Richard. And Rolf Harris, which probably makes it unbroadcastable now, if it ever was.

Plus like seemingly everyone on the UK scene he's been in a couple of episodes of Downton Abbey.

In the last few years he appears to have been in a lot of crime thrillers mostly directed by Sacha Bennett: We Still Kill The Old Way and its sequel We Still Steal The Old Way (reunited with Ian Ogilvy!) which both seem part of the 'grey Gangster, anti-young hoodies' trend of the last decade. As well as Tango One from just last year. He's also doing the police boss to renegade officer thing in the Jason Statham film Blitz too.

Though his other more recent films, sci-fi drug thriller Narcopolis, The Holly Kane Experiment and especially Gozo and the Elizabethan costume drama Draw On Sweet Night look a lot more promising.

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#8110 Post by GaryC » Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:15 am

I can't see anything online yet other than on Facebook, but Donald Tosh, writer and script editor who worked in both capacities for Doctor Who, died on 3 December aged 84.

He was the last surviving writer/script editor from the Hartnell era and also was involved in the development of Florizel Street which by the time it aired had been retitled Coronation Street.

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#8111 Post by MichaelB » Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:40 am

I'm hearing well-sourced (and, sadly, unsurprising) rumours that Peter Wollen has died.

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#8112 Post by Oedipax » Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:44 am

Yeah, I saw a tweet from a student for whom Wollen was her thesis advisor, I'd say it's pretty much confirmed.

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#8113 Post by domino harvey » Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:20 pm

Signs and Meanings is a foundational text, RIP

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#8114 Post by Dylan » Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:22 pm

The wonderful Claudine Auger of Thunderball, Black Belly of the Tarantula, Bava's extraordinary A Bay of Blood, and so many others.

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#8115 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:31 pm

Dylan wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:22 pm
The wonderful Claudine Auger of Thunderball, Black Belly of the Tarantula, Bava's extraordinary A Bay of Blood, and so many others.
Domino! Thunderball is my favorite Bond, and her presence is an integral part. Forgot she was in the Bava

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#8116 Post by Reverend Drewcifer » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:14 pm

Lee Mendelson, on Christmas Day.

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#8118 Post by mfunk9786 » Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:05 pm

Artist's rendition of me noticing that pun:

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#8121 Post by Reverend Drewcifer » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:52 pm

Syd Mead


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#8124 Post by Lemmy Caution » Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:40 am

Don Larsen 90, a journeyman pitcher, who threw one of the greatest games ever.

I wonder if they've ever made a movie or doc about his perfect World Series game and his life?

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#8125 Post by MichaelB » Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:27 pm

Free Cinema alumnus Lorenza Mazzetti, whose most famous film, Together (1956) can be watched here (possibly only in the UK; I'm not sure how the BFI Player operates internationally).

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