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Old 24th Aug 2014, 22:48
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Richard Attenborough

Sorry to hear that Richard Attenborough has died, but when a 90 year old man dies its less a matter of grief than a feeling of gratitude for what he gave us over the years.

I'm looking forward to a season of re-runs of his best films, among which I'd include, obviously, The Great Escape, League of Gentlemen and Flight of the Phoenix, but also some of his lesser known gems, such as his RSM in Guns at Batasi and his wonderful police inspector in Joe Orton's Loot.

Not so convinced by him as director though. I thought Gandhi was overblown, Cry Freedom simplistic and Oh What a Lovely War, which may have caught the zeitgeist of the 60s seems very dated now.

RIP and thanks anyway.
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Old 24th Aug 2014, 23:10
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His creepy John Christie in 10 Rillington Place was superb
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Old 24th Aug 2014, 23:17
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I'd much prefer a collection old Davaar's postings to read, myself.

Didn't have a clue what he was on about half the time but...it prompted me to learn.

Attenborough was a TV hero. PPRuNe can offer similar.
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Old 25th Aug 2014, 02:09
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He may a lot of Guy Flicks which I enjoyed thoroughly.
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I recall Mr A in Flight of The Phoenix
and that mad cackling laugh he did.

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Old 25th Aug 2014, 07:13
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Re the Attenborough Brothers, one was and is a national treasure and educator,the other was someone involved in showbiz who will be canonized in the next few days.

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Old 25th Aug 2014, 08:33
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His creepy John Christie in 10 Rillington Place was superb
Seconded. A bit old hat now, but I still like it - Brighton Rock.
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Old 25th Aug 2014, 09:08
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"Dear, dear, Dickie" was one of the original Luvvies.

Struck me as being very pompous, but there was no denying his skill as an actor. RIP.
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Old 25th Aug 2014, 11:20
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Champagne Socialist and "Luvvie". OK actor but how on earth did he make the travesty that

was A Bridge Too Far? And I am sure there are lot of people who found Gandhi rather

economical with reality too.

The stories from his film crews are a revelation........

My personal opinion
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Old 25th Aug 2014, 16:39
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Sorry but I couldn't stand the man - typical leftie luvvie, Dahling Dickie, overacted and over-directed.

No doubt he will be portrayed as the second coming over the next few days... now his brother, he really IS a man to respect
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Old 25th Aug 2014, 22:07
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Sorry to say never liked a film he was in, or a film he directed.

Edit: correction: not sorry.
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Old 25th Aug 2014, 23:24
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Sorry to say never liked a film he was in, or a film he directed.
Just shows how we are all different. The Flight of the Phoenix* is in my top ten of all time best films, and that clip shown above by mikedreamer , plus the preceding couple of minutes inside the aircraft, is in my list of all time best scenes in any film.

I think there is a certain amount of inability to separate the man from his craft going on here. It's a bit like Wagner - a rabid anti-Semite who would have been an enthusiastic Nazi if they had been around then, but he wrote some sublime music. Dicky may have been an annoying leftie luvvie, but he was a bloody good actor.

* The remake, on the other hand, is a pile of poo!
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Old 26th Aug 2014, 03:27
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I thought that as the RSM in Guns of Batasi he was excellent, very life like!


He was asked to direct Ghandi to make sure it had the right amount of left slant and for want of a better phrase, 'British apology' for our dreadful colonial deeds!
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