Search a film or person :
FacebookConnectionRegistration
Alan Parker is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Sound British born on 14 february 1944 at Islington (United-kingdom)

Alan Parker

Alan Parker
If you like this person, let us know!
Birth name Alan William Parker
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 14 february 1944 at Islington (United-kingdom)
Death 31 july 2020 (at 76 years)

Sir Alan William Parker, CBE (born 14 February 1944) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. The early part of his career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and director of television commercials. After about 10 years doing commercials, many of which won awards for creativity, he began screenwriting and directing films.

Parker was notable early on for making films in a wide range of genres, often intentionally doing a film very different than his previous one in order to remain "creatively fresher." Actor Colm Meaney says that "it's the variety of his work that sort of staggers me." Among the different genres Parker has directed have been musicals, including Bugsy Malone (1976), Fame (1980), Pink Floyd—The Wall (1982), The Commitments (1991), and Evita (1996); true-story dramas, including Midnight Express (1978), Mississippi Burning (1988), Come See the Paradise (1990), and Angela's Ashes (1999); and melodramas, including Shoot the Moon (1982), Angel Heart (1987), and The Life of David Gale (2003).

"It is important for movies to have a message, without which there is little point in making a film," Parker states. British film critic Geoff Andrew states that Parker "is a natural storyteller adept at getting messages across by forthright methods: dramatic lighting, vivid characterisation, scenes of violent conflict regularly interrupting sequences of expository dialogue, and an abiding sympathy for the underdog."

His films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Academy Awards. Parker was awarded the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the British film industry, and has been active in both the British cinema and American cinema, along with being a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain and lecturing at various film schools. In 2013 he received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, the highest honour the British Film Academy can give a filmmaker.

Biography

Alan Parker commence sa carrière professionnelle dans le monde de la publicité. À la fin des années 1960, alors qu'il travaille pour l'agence londonienne Collet Dickinson Pearce, il écrit ses premiers scénarios. Il réalise en 1974 deux courts métrages, Our Cissy et Footsteps. Deux ans plus tard, il ne dirige que des enfants dans Bugsy Malone, puis réalise en 1978 le film qui le fera réellement connaître, Midnight Express. Le film obtient deux Oscars, celui du meilleur scénario et celui de la meilleure musique. En effet, Midnight Express est tout aussi connu pour son histoire — celle d'un Américain condamné à trente ans de prison pour trafic de haschisch — que pour sa musique composée par Giorgio Moroder.

Parker entame la décennie 1980 avec deux films ayant pour sujet la musique, Fame en 1980, deux fois oscarisé, et Pink Floyd The Wall, adaptation visuelle de l'album The Wall des Anglais de Pink Floyd.

En 1984, il raconte dans Birdy l'histoire de deux amis vétérans de la guerre du Viêt Nam dont l'un poursuit le rêve de pouvoir voler. Le film rencontre un vrai succès et remporte en 1985 le Grand Prix Spécial du Jury au Festival de Cannes.

Angel Heart, sorti en 1987, est un film noir teinté de surnaturel.

À la fin des années 1980, il réalise plusieurs films au contenu engagé, très impressionnants par leurs thèmes et leur réalisation. Il milite au travers de sa caméra contre la peine de mort avec La Vie de David Gale en 2003 et contre les ségrégations quelles qu'elles soient avec Mississippi Burning en 1988 et Bienvenue au Paradis en 1990. Par ailleurs, il renoue avec le monde de la musique en 1996 avec la comédie musicale Evita écrite par Oliver Stone et interprétée par Madonna.

En 1991, il fait partie du jury du festival de Cannes, présidé par Roman Polanski, aux côtés des actrices Whoopi Goldberg et Natalia Negoda, de la productrice Margaret Ménégoz, des réalisateurs Férid Boughedir et Jean-Paul Rappeneau, du critique Hans Dieter Seidel, du directeur de la photographie Vittorio Storaro et du compositeur Vangelis.

Il est fait commandeur de l'ordre de l'Empire britannique (CBE) en 1995 et en 2002, il devient Sir Alan Parker recevant du Prince Charles l'insigne de chevalier.

Parker s'essaie également à l'écriture avec la parution en 2008 de Sid Vicious, l'icône du punk, livre sur le bassiste des Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious.

Best films

Evita (1996)
(Director)
Midnight Express (1978)
(Director)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
(Director)
Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
(Director)
Fame (1980)
(Director)
Angel Heart (1987)
(Director)

Usually with

Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Alan Parker (20 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

The Life of David Gale, 2h10
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Prison films, Films about suicide, Films about capital punishment
Actors Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann, Rhona Mitra, Matt Craven
Roles Partygoer (uncredited)
Rating75% 3.7993053.7993053.7993053.7993053.799305
David Gale is a prisoner on death row in Texas. With only a few days to his execution, his lawyer negotiates a half million-dollar fee to tell his story to Bitsey Bloom, a journalist from a major news magazine known for her ability to keep secrets and protect her sources. He tells her the story of how he ended up on death row, revealed to the movie audience through a series of lengthy flashbacks.
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, 2h22
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Stanley Kubrick, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Singer, Paul Mazursky, Christiane Kubrick
Roles Himself
Rating79% 3.995253.995253.995253.995253.99525
Un documentaire sur l'univers mystérieux d'un des génies du septième art avec en voix off Tom Cruise. Inspiré des archives de la famille Kubrick, ce long métrage dresse le portrait intimiste d'une figure de légende à travers des images fascinantes (Stanley Kubrick à ses débuts, sur les plateaux de tournage et dans la vie privée) et commentées par ses collaborateurs, collègues et amis. Depuis ses choix musicaux jusqu'à ses angles de caméra en passant par ses projets restés inachevés, il s'agit d'un document essentiel à la compréhension de l'homme et de ses oeuvres.
Angela's Ashes, 2h25
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about children
Actors Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Michael Legge, Devon Murray, Kerry Condon, J.J. Murphy
Roles Dr. Campbell
Rating72% 3.649083.649083.649083.649083.64908
Angela's Ashes tells the story of Frank McCourt and his childhood after his family are forced to move from America back to Ireland because of financial difficulties and family problems derived from his father's alcoholism. The film chronicles young McCourt's life in Limerick, Ireland, during his childhood in the 1930s and 1940s, the difficulties that ensued, and finally Frank's way of earning enough money to return to the land of his dreams: America. Michael Legge was praised for his portrayal of the adolescent Frank. In particular, he was said to excel in his role as an innocent teenager growing up with typical coming of age rites involving sexuality, maturity and peer pressure in a Catholic Irish setting.
Evita
Evita (1996)
, 2h14
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Historical, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Politique, Théâtre, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Peter Polycarpou, Adrià Collado
Roles Tormented Film Director
Rating62% 3.1495153.1495153.1495153.1495153.149515
In a cinema in Buenos Aires on July 26, 1952, a film is interrupted when the news breaks of the death of Eva Perón, Argentina's first lady, at the age of 33. The nation goes into public mourning. Ché, a member of the public, marvels at the spectacle and promises to show how Eva did "nothing, for years." The rest of the film follows Eva Duarte (later Eva Duarte de Perón) from her humble beginnings as an illegitimate child of a lower class woman to her rise to become First Lady and Spiritual Leader of the Nation of Argentina, with Ché assuming many different guises throughout Eva's story.
The Commitments, 1h58
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin Irlande
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about the labor movement, La précarité, Musical films
Actors Robert Arkins, Colm Meaney, Andrew Strong, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Bronagh Gallagher, Angeline Ball
Roles Eejit Record Producer
Rating75% 3.7981453.7981453.7981453.7981453.798145
In the northside of Dublin, Jimmy Rabbitte aspires to manage the world's greatest band, with only one music in mind: soul. Disgusted with bands in Ireland, and beginning with his friends Outspan and Derek, he assembles a band in the tradition of 1960s black American recording artists like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. By advertising for applicants in a newspaper and asking around to promising acquaintances, Jimmy holds auditions at his parents' home and assembles a band together. Unlike his idols, Jimmy's band is white.

Director

The Life of David Gale, 2h10
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Prison films, Films about suicide, Films about capital punishment
Actors Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann, Rhona Mitra, Matt Craven
Rating75% 3.7993053.7993053.7993053.7993053.799305
David Gale is a prisoner on death row in Texas. With only a few days to his execution, his lawyer negotiates a half million-dollar fee to tell his story to Bitsey Bloom, a journalist from a major news magazine known for her ability to keep secrets and protect her sources. He tells her the story of how he ended up on death row, revealed to the movie audience through a series of lengthy flashbacks.
Angela's Ashes, 2h25
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about children
Actors Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Michael Legge, Devon Murray, Kerry Condon, J.J. Murphy
Rating72% 3.649083.649083.649083.649083.64908
Angela's Ashes tells the story of Frank McCourt and his childhood after his family are forced to move from America back to Ireland because of financial difficulties and family problems derived from his father's alcoholism. The film chronicles young McCourt's life in Limerick, Ireland, during his childhood in the 1930s and 1940s, the difficulties that ensued, and finally Frank's way of earning enough money to return to the land of his dreams: America. Michael Legge was praised for his portrayal of the adolescent Frank. In particular, he was said to excel in his role as an innocent teenager growing up with typical coming of age rites involving sexuality, maturity and peer pressure in a Catholic Irish setting.
Evita
Evita (1996)
, 2h14
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Historical, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Politique, Théâtre, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Peter Polycarpou, Adrià Collado
Rating62% 3.1495153.1495153.1495153.1495153.149515
In a cinema in Buenos Aires on July 26, 1952, a film is interrupted when the news breaks of the death of Eva Perón, Argentina's first lady, at the age of 33. The nation goes into public mourning. Ché, a member of the public, marvels at the spectacle and promises to show how Eva did "nothing, for years." The rest of the film follows Eva Duarte (later Eva Duarte de Perón) from her humble beginnings as an illegitimate child of a lower class woman to her rise to become First Lady and Spiritual Leader of the Nation of Argentina, with Ché assuming many different guises throughout Eva's story.
The Road to Wellville, 1h58
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about psychiatry
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Dana Carvey, Michael Lerner
Rating58% 2.9494852.9494852.9494852.9494852.949485
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg opened a sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he practiced his unusual methods for maintaining health, including colonic irrigation, electrical stimulus and sexual abstinence, vegetarianism and physical exercise. The sanitarium attracts well-to-do patients including William and Eleanor Lightbody, who are suffering from poor health following the death of their child. On their way to Battle Creek they meet Charles Ossining, hoping to make a fortune by exploiting the fad for health food cereals.
The Commitments, 1h58
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin Irlande
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about the labor movement, La précarité, Musical films
Actors Robert Arkins, Colm Meaney, Andrew Strong, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Bronagh Gallagher, Angeline Ball
Rating75% 3.7981453.7981453.7981453.7981453.798145
In the northside of Dublin, Jimmy Rabbitte aspires to manage the world's greatest band, with only one music in mind: soul. Disgusted with bands in Ireland, and beginning with his friends Outspan and Derek, he assembles a band in the tradition of 1960s black American recording artists like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. By advertising for applicants in a newspaper and asking around to promising acquaintances, Jimmy holds auditions at his parents' home and assembles a band together. Unlike his idols, Jimmy's band is white.
Come See the Paradise, 2h18
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical, Romance
Themes Prison films, Political films, Children's films
Actors Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono, Shizuko Hoshi, Caroline Junko King, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Rating66% 3.345593.345593.345593.345593.34559
In 1936, Jack McGurn (Quaid) is a motion picture projectionist, involved in a campaign of harassment against non-union theaters in New York City. One such attack turns fatal, as one of his fellow union members starts a fire. McGurn's boss, knowing that the feelings of guilt would likely cause Jack to go to the police, urges him to leave the area. Jack moves to Los Angeles where his brother Gerry lives. Jack's role as a "sweatshop lawyer" strains an already-rocky relationship with Gerry who is willing to have any job, barely keeping his family afloat during the Great Depression.
Mississippi Burning, 2h8
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Assassinat, Films about racism
Actors Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, R. Lee Ermey, Michael Rooker, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif
Rating77% 3.89873.89873.89873.89873.8987
In 1964, three civil rights workers who organize a voter registry for minorities in Jessup County Mississippi, go missing. The FBI sends two agents, Rupert Anderson (Hackman) and Alan Ward (Dafoe) to investigate. The pair find it difficult to conduct interviews with the local townspeople, as Sheriff Stuckey (Sartain) and his deputies exert influence over the public and are linked to a branch of the Ku Klux Klan.
Angel Heart, 1h53
Directed by Alan Parker
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror, Crime, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Demons in film, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Erotic thriller films
Actors Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Stocker Fontelieu
Rating72% 3.6493153.6493153.6493153.6493153.649315
Harry Angel (Rourke), is a downtrodden New York City private detective contracted by Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to track down John Liebling, known as Johnny Favorite, who suffered severe neurological trauma resulting from injuries he received in World War II. Favorite's incapacity disrupted a contract with Cyphre regarding unspecified collateral, and Cyphre believes that a private upstate hospital where Favorite was receiving radical psychiatric treatment for shell shock has falsified records, deliberately preventing the contract from being fulfilled. He hires Angel to discover the truth and locate Favorite's true whereabouts.