Tag Archives: English cinema

RIP Alan Parker (1944 – 2020)

Alan Parker was an English filmmaker with a small but highly-rated output.

The Chase” (1978)

I give you “The Chase”, an electronic instrumental written by Giorgio Moroder for Parker’s film Midnight Express (1978).

Midnight Express, a story of drug smuggling and dirty Turkish prisons, was banned in Turkey under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code.

This caused a strain on US–Turkish relations.

RIP Honor Blackman (1925 – 2020)

Honor Blackman was an English actress, known for her sex symbol-ish parts in popular pulp of the sixties (The AvengersGoldfinger and Jason and the Argonauts).

The Cat and the Canary (1978)

Radley Metzger cast her as Susan Sills (“the big game hunter, one of the world’s most efficient killers”) in The Cat and the Canary (1978).

“Men Will Deceive You” (1964), a version of Gainsbourg’s “La javanaise.”

She recorded the surprise hit “Kinky Boots” (1964) and the album Everything I’ve Got (1964) which featured an interpretation of Serge Gainsbourg’s “La Javanaise”.