In Remembrance of Sir Richard Attenborough

 

The legendary Sir Richard Attenborough passed away on August 24 at the age of 90. I am familiar with some, if not much, of his work: just a few weeks ago I watched his first directorial effort, Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), and I have also enjoyed his acting performances in The League of Gentleman (1960), Only Two Can Play (1962), Doctor Dolittle (1967), Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). But for me, one of Attenborough’s finest roles is a walk-on in my favorite Powell & Pressburger film, A Matter of Life and Death (1946). Credited only as “An English Pilot,” Attenborough is memorable as a wide-eyed young man curious about his entry into the afterlife. Luckily the actor himself lived a far longer life, nearly seventy more years. Richard Attenborough made his mark on international cinema, a wonderful presence even in the smallest bit of screen time or behind the camera.

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