Parker’s extensive filmography also boasted hits, including Engagements, Fame, Birdie, Angel Heart, and Angela’s Ashes.
The film’s creator, himself a two-time Oscar nominee, has won a host of other awards for his work; his feature films have won 19 BAFTA awards, 10 golden globes and 10 Oscars, according to the BFI.
He died on Friday after a long illness, according to their statement. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Moran-Parker, his five children and seven grandchildren.
“Alan Parker was a chameleon,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wrote on Twitter. “His work entertains us, connects us and gives us such a strong sense of time and place. Exceptional talent, he will be greatly missed.”
Evita composer Andrew Lloyd Webber added that he was “very sad” to hear about Parker’s death. “My friend and contributor to Evita and one of the few directors who really understands on-screen musicals.”
Parker’s catalog of screen hits has faded from colorful musicals such as “Glory,” the cult story of a group of students at New York’s famed art school, to “Mississippi Burning,” an ascending depiction of racial tensions in the deep South over the murder of three civilian workers. rights in 1964
These films and many more of his vast canon won the Parker BAFTA Scholarship Award in 2013 – the highest accolade given by Britain’s leading film academy.
Parker also received the title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the British Empire (CBE) in 1995, and then Knighthood in 2002. He was a founding member of the British Directors Guild, founder of the chairman of the United Nations Film Council. Kingdom, and Chairman of the BFI from 1998 to 1999.
“He brought us joy with Bugsy Malone, The Commitments, the Midnight Express and many more,” BFI said on Friday.
“His incredible number of hits as a British director has given me tremendous inspiration,” wrote British director Edgar Wright. “It’s so sad to hear about Alan Parker’s passing. What a great director who made what I consider ‘real’ movies,” added actor Ben Stiller. “Watch his films – they’re some of the best of the ’70s and’ 80s.”
Lauren Kent and Sarah Dean reported on CNN.