Five films that pay homage to the world cinema’s legends who have left us this year

Douglas Trumbull

Douglas Hunt Trumbull (1942-2022) was an American film director and innovative visual effects supervisor. Trumbull, was one of the Special Photographic Effects Supervisors for ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968) and subsequently the Visual Effects Supervisor for ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ (1977), ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ (1979), and ‘Blade Runner’ (1982), each of which earned him an Oscar nomination. Trumbull directed ‘Back to the Future… The Ride’ (1991). He is the recipient of an Academy Award in Scientific and Technical Achievement, and the International Monitor Award and American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

English | Colour | 141  Mins.

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Producer: Stanley Kubrick

Screenplay: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke

Special Effects: Douglas Trumbull

Cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth

Editor: Ray Lovejoy

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester


Synopsis: A mysterious black monolith encountered by our prehistoric past leaps millennia and connects to a future of colonised space where astronaut Bowman is about to explore uncharted territory. A poetic meditation on technology and humanity adapted from a story by the revered Arthur C. Clarke.

Bob Rafelson

Robert Jay Rafelson was an American film director, writer, and producer. He is regarded as one of the key figures in the founding of the New Hollywood movement during the 1970s. His best-known works as a director include ‘Five Easy Pieces’ (1970) and ‘The King of Marvin Gardens’ (1972) which he made under the banner of Raybert/BBS Productions, a company he had co-founded. He is also best remembered for ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’ (1981) and ‘Mountains of the Moon’ (1990).

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

English | Colour | 98 Mins.

Director: Bob Rafelson

Producer: Bob Rafelson

Screenplay: Adrien Joyce

Editor: Christopher Holmes

Cinematographer: László Kovács

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Lois Smith, Susan Anspach


Synopsis: Although a brilliant pianist from a well-to-do family, Robert, has made a career out of running from job to job and woman to woman. After being summoned to his father’s deathbed, Robert returns home with his sexy but witless girlfriend, Rayette, when he meets and falls for a sophisticated woman. ‘Five Easy Pieces’ won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Karen Black at the New York Film Critics Awards.

Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman was a Czechoslovak-born Canadian film and television director, producer, and screenwriter. He was best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He was the owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 1998. Films he directed include ‘Meatballs’ (1979), ‘Stripes’ (1981), ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984), ‘Ghostbusters II’ (1989), ‘Twins’ (1988), ‘Kindergarten Cop’ (1990), ‘Dave’ (1993), and ‘Junior’ (1994).

Ghostbusters (1984)

English | Colour | 110 Mins.

Director: Ivan Reitman

Producer: Ivan Reitman

Screenplay: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis

Editor: David E. Blewitt, Sheldon Kahn

Cinematographer: László Kovács

Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, William Atherton


Synopsis: Three university parapsychologists lose their research grant and their credibility when the Dean decides that their theories, methods and conclusions have no place in his august institution. Out of a job, they decide to go into business for themselves, setting up as professional supernatural eliminators. Starting out with only a converted fire station and a beat-up ambulance to their name, the Ghostbusters quickly become local heroes when the city sees a dramatic rise in paranormal activity and a giant marshmallow threatens its very existence.

Monica Vitti

Monica Vitti (1931-2022) the ‘Queen of Italian cinema’ was known for her roles in films by Michelangelo Antonioni during the early-to-mid 1960s. After working with Antonioni, Vitti began making comedies, working with director Mario Monicelli on many films. She appeared with Marcello Mastroianni, Alain Delon, Richard Harris, Terence Stamp, and Dirk Bogarde. As an actress, Vitti redefined the possibilities of female comedy. Vitti won five David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress; seven Italian Golden Globes for Best Actress; the Career Golden Globe, and the Venice Film Festival Career Golden Lion Award.

Red Desert (1964)

Italian, Turkish | Colour | 117 Mins.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Producer: Antonio Cervi, Angelo Rizzoli

Screenplay: Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra

Editor: Eraldo Da Roma

Cinematographer: Carlo Di Palma

Cast: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi, Rita Renoir


Synopsis: A shock caused by a car accident, aggravated by the circumstances of her husband’s profession, means that Giuliana lives in a state of continual depressive neurosis. Corrado, her husband’s friend, is attracted to her and tries to help her, but manages only to form a bitter and fleeting relationship. This only worsens Giuliana’s depressive state, having also been unwittingly deceived by those close to her. Having failed to take her own life, Giuliana continues to live a precarious balance between resignation and insanity

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich (1939 – 2022) was an American director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian. Bogdanovich started as a film journalist until he got hired to work on Roger Corman’s ‘The Wild Angels’ (1966). After that he directed ‘Targets’ (1968), ‘The Last Picture Show’ (1971) which received eight Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Bogdanovich also directed ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ (1972), ‘Paper Moon’ (1973) and ‘They All Laughed’ (1981). His works have been cited as important influences by many major filmmakers.

The Last Picture Show (1971)

English | Colour | 126 Mins.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Producer: Stephen J. Friedman

Screenplay: Peter Bogdanovich, Larry McMurtry

Editor: Donn Cambern

Cinematographer: Robert Surtees

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Timothy Bottoms, Cloris Leachman


Synopsis: A small Texan town, the early 1950s: besides graduation, three drifter teens — the enigmatic Sonny, the wayward jock Duane, and the desperate-to-be-adored rich girl Jacy, face the usual adolescent problems of parents, confusing sexual intrigue and the limitations of life in the sticks

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