Listen to people who know more than you do. Then do it your own way.
Alan Parker, February 14, 1944 – July 31, 2020.
With Mickey Rourke on the set of Angel Heart (1987).
“For me this film was interesting to work on because it was recreating my childhood growing up during the war. I remember Alan Parker saying that some of his shots in the war sequences were based on the famous photographs by Robert Capa, who took a lot of photos working with soldiers in the front line in the Second World War. There's a famous set of photographs that he took during the D-Day landings. He actually got on the beach before everybody else and took shots of the soldiers as they arrived on the beach. And the terrible story is that when he sent them to the lab in England, the lab assistant destroyed all but a few frames.
Alan and Peter Frampton, the make-up artist, went to great pains to reproduce the look of my character creations. I made a special drawing to help them.
Alan thought I never gave away my drawings: he had a thing about it. Admittedly, I don't like the idea of unfinished or bad drawings hanging on people's walls, so I rarely allow them out of my grasp.
Alan tells the story of Peter Frampton mentioning that he had this drawing. 'I've still got it,' said Peter. 'I bet you don't,' said Alan. 'I do - I'll go and get it'. Ten minutes later, a breathless Peter was back. 'The fucker's come in and taken it' he said. 'Told you,’ said Alan.”
📌 Some of the cast, left to right - the Doctor played by Ellis Dale; the Teacher by Alex McAvoy; the Wife by Eleanor David; the Mother by Christine Hargreaves and Pink's Father by James Laurenson.
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