Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Stuart Rosenberg (1927-2007)

It has been reported that talented director Stuart Rosenberg has passed away. Much like the Hollywood studio directors that he grew up watching Rosenberg worked in a wide variety of genres.
He began his career in television directing programs ranging from ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS to THE UNTOUCHABLES to THE TWILIGHT ZONE. He made his feature film debut with the Paul Newman film COOL HAND LUKE in 1967 for which he won the Director's guild award for.
Other notable films in his career include the great LAUGHING POLICEMAN, BRUBAKER and of course THE AMITYVILLE HORROR.
He made two of my favorite films, the underrated Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve comedy from 1969, THE APRIL FOOLS and the Mickey Rourke classic POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE. These films meant a lot to me growing up and I revisit them each year.
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM director Darren Aronofsky has often credited Rosenberg as being one of his mentors.
Rosenberg and his films will be remembered.

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