The Art of Cinema #122


10 Rillington Place
(Richard Fleischer; 1970)

Richard Fleischer passed away today. He was 89. The cause of death was not revealed in press accounts, and I could, if I wanted to, advance a very credible theory as to what may have helped usher him into the beyond. But I think it's best that we simply remember what once was: an extraordinary, under-explored legacy that will hopefully one day get the attention it deserves.

3 comments:

Sam said...

I never knew that he dircted "Mandingo". I remembered he did "Doctor Doolittle" and "Fantasic Voyage", but that threw me for a loop.

Anonymous said...

That's a shame he hadn't more recognition - his hard-boiled stuff was very good, and made up for the more pedestrian stuff he occasionally pummped out. (I do admit to guilty pleasures in many of 'em - the score for "The Vikings" heard from afar will bring back fond memories of cardboard swordfights with my older brother, but neither one of us could to Tony Curtis' accent justice.)

BCNU

Brent McKee said...

But of course, for all the movies good and bad that he did, he will constantly be eclipsed by the legacy of his father Max Fleischer. I noticed for example that most of his obituaries included the words "son of Max Fleischer" and "Betty Boop and Popeye", usually in the second paragraph. It must be hard being the son of a legend and in more or less the same business.