From "Fame" to "Midnight Express," 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. An extraordinary talent, he will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/OxZPBxTE8F
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) July 31, 2020
He told me to say something different on every take (In the one he used, I said ‘I am Babyface!’) He generously made each moment unique and fun and it’s something I endeavour do as a director, with child and adult actors, to this day. Sir Alan inadvertently changed my life at the age of 9 when he stuck me at the end of a line of 30 kids, passing a baseball bat, all whilst saying ‘Give this to Babyface’. It’s a testament to the pure joy of Sir Alan’s first film. I’m extremely proud that people still recognise me from Bugsy Malone 45 years later.
His love of cinema as an art form began in his early childhood at the Carlton House cinema in Islington where he would 'escape and dream' and remained with him throughout his career." Producer Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions: "He exhibited a curiosity that enabled his versatility from musicals such as Bugsy Malone, Fame and Pink Floyd – The Wall and to films about social justice such as Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning and The Life of David Gale; he never made the same film twice.
In a statement, Fletcher said:
Alan Parker, who died today at 76, was remembered today by colleagues and friends, with Andrew Lloyd Webber calling his Evita collaborator "one of the few directors to truly understand musicals on screen" and Matthew Modine, who starred in Parker's 1984 drama Birdy, praising the director as a "great artist" who "transformed" the actor's life.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of BAFTA Fellow Alan Parker. As BAFTA-winning filmmaker, he brought us joy with Bugsy Malone, The Commitments, Midnight Express and many more. pic.twitter.com/fVOcXARgKM
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) July 31, 2020
Very sad to hear the news of Alan Parker's death. My friend and collaborator on the Evita movie and one of the few directors to truly understand musicals on screen. – ALW
— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) July 31, 2020
And Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher explained the pivotal role Parker played in his life by casting the then-nine-year-old Fletcher as "Babyface" in 1975's Bugsy Malone.
"So very sad to share the news of the passing of my dear friend, Sir Alan Parker," tweeted Modine. Godspeed, Sir Alan." "Being cast in his epic film, Birdy, transformed my life. Alan was a great artist who’s films will live forever.
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"My friend and collaborator on the Evita movie and one of the few directors to truly understand musicals on screen." "Very sad to hear the news of Alan Parker's death," Webber tweeted.
So sad to hear of Sir Alan Parker's passing. His incredible run of hits as a British filmmaker gave immense inspiration to me: Fame, Midnight Express, Birdy, Angel Heart & his beguiling debut Bugsy Malone (one I've parodied twice & want the last song to be played at my funeral.) pic.twitter.com/gg5xTuXTnL
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 31, 2020
— Giorgio Moroder (@giorgiomoroder) July 31, 2020
Because not only are they all so different and brilliant but you’ll also see what a magical talent and person he was. I urge everyone to watch all his films, in chronological order. The world was a richer place with him in. His support, friendship and encouragement over the years helped the BFI, me and many others achieve wonderful things. As anyone who worked closely with him will tell you. Sir Alan Parker gave everything to me. Sir Alan was a maverick from the outset and his films and his vision were never compromised. And I thank and love him for it. He was one of the great, diverse, eclectic and original British film makes of his generation and my personal directing hero.
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So very sad to share the news of the passing of my dear friend, Sir Alan Parker. Being cast in his epic film, Birdy, transformed my life. Alan was a great artist who’s films will live forever. Godspeed, Sir Alan. 💔#BugsyMalone#MidnightExpress#FAME#MississippiBurning#Birdy pic.twitter.com/4rBpbEhVh1
— Matthew Modine (@MatthewModine) July 31, 2020
– Dexter (Babyface) Fletcher