During the 1970’s and 1980’s he made several memorable movies including Mississippi Burning and Midnight Express
The eclectic British filmmaker Alan Parker turns 76, look back at five of his most memorable movies
The British filmmaker Alan Parker, born in London, England on February 14, 1944, begun his career in his late teens as a copywriter and later a director of TV advertisements. He came to prominence during the 1970’s with memorable films such as the 1978 Midnight Express. Throughout his career, Parker has made films of several different genres, from musicals, such as Fame or Pink Floyd – The Wall, horror, Angel Heart, to true drama stories such as the acclaimed Mississippi Burning. His films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and six Academy Awards and he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the British film industry, knighted in 2002. Look back at five of his best films.
5 – Come See the Paradise, 1990
The passionate romance between an Irish-American man and a Japanese-American woman is threatened when the Pearl Harbor attacks happen
4 – Angel Heart, 1987
A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn
3 – Pink Floyd: The Wall, 1982
A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone
2 – Mississippi Burning, 1988
Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists
1 – Midnight Express, 1978
Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison
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