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May 19, 2014

Gordon Willis, A.S.C.
May 28, 1931 - May 19, 2014

March 25, 2014

Sir David Lean
March 25, 1908 - April 16, 1991

“Film is a dramatised reality and it is the director’s job to make it appear real.”

March 14, 2014
Sir Michael Caine’s 81st.Long live Caine.

Sir Michael Caine’s 81st.

Long live Caine.

March 5, 2014

Alain Resnais
June 3, 1922 - March 1, 2014

"I’ve read articles calling me a filmmaker of memory. I’ve always refused that label by saying, ‘No, I want to make films that describe the imaginary.’ ”Alain Resnais, 2009

February 25, 2014

“It was Harold who acted out and gave me the inspiration for the character of Clark Griswold. I was really copying Harold’s impression of Clark. He was a truly funny and highly intelligent man with great honesty and a great appreciation for the best kind of comedy.” —Chevy Chase

"Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking,” —Dan Aykroyd

“Harold Ramis and I together did the ‘National Lampoon Show’ off Broadway, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day.’ He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.” —Bill Murray

February 24, 2014

Harold Ramis
November 21, 1944 - February 24, 2014

"I always thought he was a very talented writer who always had a very perceptive and intelligent point of view about the material. He managed to get the people to speak in a realistic way but still found something funny in their voices." 

—Ivan Reitman on Harold Ramis in 1999

February 8, 2014

John Williams 
Born February 8, 1932

"John is the most important collaborator I’ve ever had in my career. He makes me look good, he makes my films look better. I get a lot of credit that should be going to John. but I’ve kept the people who have been in my career who I feel are my family… A lot of the contributions from my other collaborators are subliminal - you don’t really single them out for credit. Without them, the films wouldn’t have the impact they have, but John certainly has the most considerable impact because his music immediately bypasses the brain and goes straight to your heart. That’s the way he’s always been… an amazing talent."

— Steven Spielberg on John Williams

February 6, 2014

François Truffaut
February 6, 1932 - October 21, 1984

"Making a film is like a stagecoach ride in the old west. When you start, you are hoping for a pleasant trip. By the halfway point, you just hope to survive."

February 3, 2014

David Edelstein on Philip Seymour Hoffman

First, you curse.

Then you ask, “Why?” and, absent a good answer (there is never a good answer), you think about what made Philip Seymour Hoffman great — and wonder if a key to understanding his absurd death at the age of 46 from a drug overdose can be located somewhere in that greatness.

 
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