Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dino De Laurentiis 1919-2010

I can't let the passing of Dino De Laurentiis go by without saying something about him. In his long career, the quality of his output was all over the place, but he's also been responsible for some of my favorite movies hitting the cinema, including (chronologically) Nights of Cabiria, Barbarella, Serpico, Death Wish, Flash Gordon, Conan the Barbarian, The Dead Zone, Manhunter, and Army of Darkness. Thanks for those.


Kal said...

And don't forget 'Dune'.

Tallulah Morehead said...

"Nobody cry when-a Godzilla die. When my-a Kong-a die, everybody-a cry."
- John Belushi playing Dino DeLaurentiis in an SNL sketch in 1976.

Especially those of us who loved the original King Kong

Dino's output was indeed inconsistent. The Dead Zone was a pretty good movie, and while Dune is deeply flawed, it's still hard to tear one's eyes from it.

But his KK was an artistic crime for which I could never forgive him. I was actually offered a couple days work on it, and turned it down, as I did not want to be associated in any way, however remote, with this celluloid abomination. I have never regretted that decision.

But without him, we wouldn't have the musical score to Conan the Barbarian, and while it is a terrible movie, I love that score.