Walk Of Fame Inductees – 21st August 2015

To check the dubious reasoning behind these posts, check the original here:

https://carlosnightman.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/walk-of-fame-a-celebration-of-heroism/

In this new series of posts I’ll be selecting a Star at random from every decade (who was born in that decade) starting from the 1880s up until the 1990s to be interred in this land of magic and wonder, who will for ever more see their name set in stone far beyond the places where Gods dare to tread. Each name will have a unique star placed and statue built-in their honour. Often accompanying these additions will be news of a new store or museum to go alongside those stars whose work is of particular genius, and you too can visit and see the place of your dreams, simply by closing your eyes….

1880s: Lon Chaney: For contributions to Theatre and Cinema. Joining his son on the Walk Of Fame, Lon Chaney was an early pioneer of powerful acting and of using make-up to add physical and psychological layers to character. After many years as a bit player he gained renown in works such as Phantom Of The Opera, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, and The Miracle Man.
egp.fil.010  1890sFred Astaire. For contributions to Cinema, Theatre, TV, and Music. Probably still the most famous dancer who ever lived, Astaire had been performing from childhood working his way to Stage and eventually the big screen where he is known for such works as Top Hat, Royal Wedding, and Funny Face.

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1900sOtto Preminger. For contributions to Cinema. After a brief career in theatre, Preminger was secured by Fox and began a varied film career where he consistently challenged censorship and taboo subjects, directing films such as Anatomy Of Murder, In Harm’s Way, and Laura. 

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1910sDonald Pleasance. For contributions to Cinema, Theatre, and TV. Known for his piercing stare and bald head as much as for his acting prowess, OBE Pleasance had a genre hopping career as highlight by such works as The Halloween Series, The Great Escape, and You Only Live Twice. 

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1920sKen Russell. For contributions to TV and Cinema. Arguably the first British director to push taboo boundaries, Russell was known for a variety of genres including biopic, adaptations, and the bizarre, as seen in works such as Women In Love, Altered States, and The Devils. 

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1930sSophia Loren. For contributions to Cinema. One of the most famous and successful actresses from Italy, Loren became an international sex symbol in the 1960s due to a string of hits, and has continued a long-lasting career including works such as Two Women, Marriage Italian Style, and Pret a Porter. 

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1940sStan Winston. For contributions to Cinema. One of the most renowned names in Visual Effects, Winston was prolific for many decades and created some of the most famous and iconic creatures and effects in movie history, as seen in such works as The Terminator series, The Predator series, and The Jurassic Park series.

1950sStephen Herek. For contributions to Cinema. Herek has had a string of successes since the late 80s, earning much critical and commercial acclaim without becoming a major Hollywood name – his works include Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead, and The Mighty Ducks.

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1960sNestor Carbonell. For contributions to Cinema and TV. Although it has not been until recent years that Carbonell has become recognizable to TV and Movie audiences worldwide, he has been a fixture on both small and big screens since the early 90s in works such as Desperately Seeking Susan, Lost, and The Dark Knight series. 

1970sAsia Argento. For contributions to Cinema. Daughter to Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi, Asia has broken out as a powerful actress in her own right, from her childhood roles to adulthood in works such as La Reine MargotLand Of The Dead, and Mother Of Tears.

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1980sKyoko Fukada. For contributions to Cinema, TV, and Music. Like many performers of her genreation, Fukada has found success in multiple fields, as a singer, and TV and movie actress in works including Ringu 2, Dolls, and Kamikaze Girls. 

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1990sElla Purnell. For contributions to Cinema. A rising star in Cinema, before her 18th Birthday Purnell has already gained acclaim for her performances in a number of hits including Never Let Me Go, Intruders, and Maleficent. 

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As well as the Stars and Monuments dedicated to the performers above, the following attractions have been created:

The Grand Fred Astaire Ballroom: A magnificent decadent Ballroom has been built to house many of the sets from Astaire’s movies and featuring a central spacious ballroom where you can dance the night away and watch special performances of some of his finest work.

The Stan Winston Memorial Museum: A museum featuring scale models and sets from all of Winston’s films, where you can learn about the man, his movies, and enroll in classes to learn how to become an effects wizard. Features include a lazer tag arena where hundreds of players pit off against each other through three distinct levels – the dense jungles of Predator, the skull laden apocalypse of Terminator, and the claustrophobic hallways of Aliens, and a special holographic attraction where you can re-enact the short Michael Jackson movie Ghosts starring yourself.

What attractions would you like to see created based off the works of the performers above? Let your imagination run free in the comments!

Best Director: 1963

Official Nominations: Federico Fellini. Otto Preminger. Tony Richardson. Elia Kazan. Martin Ritt.

The Directing category this year was much more interesting than most of the acting ones, with greats and upstarts mingling. Official Winner for Tom Jones, Tony Richardson turns an ordinary story into one of the most successful comedies of all time. Although widely known as a stage director, Richardson’s ability to turn stage to screen was amongst the best and for the win this year he instead turned page to screen. It is this awareness of the audience which makes Tom Jones the bizarre meta film that it is. Elia Kazan had been around the block a few times but America, America is too much of a vanity project that it is difficult to judge it upon its merits- directed by, produced by, written by, and largely based upon the lives of people he knew, Kazan may as well have fired the cast and starred in all of the 3 hours worth of scenes himself. Martin Ritt got a nod for Hud, a film which is infused with his own bitterness about his blacklisting treatment, while Preminger deals with religious hypocrisy and bigotry face on with The Cardinal. My win though, and an easy choice for me this time, goes to Fellini for 8 And A Half for creating an avant-garde but accessible masterpiece.

My Winner: Federico Fellini.

My Nominations: Federico Fellini. Alfred Hitchcock. Joseph L Mankiewicz. John Sturges. Robert Wise. Don Chaffey. (John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall)

Some odd omissions for Best Director this year with Titans and upstarts proving their worth. Fellini is an obvious nomination due to reasons already given, Hitchcock returns to the psychological horror genre he perfected, with The Birds, and gives us another trip through the zombie apocalypse that is the human condition, while Mankiewicz does his utmost to prevent Cleopatra from becoming a bloated, unwatchable disaster. Veteran British director Don Chaffey hits fantasy gold finally with Jason And The Argonauts, while Robert Wise shows that he could do gripping terror just as well, if not better, than Hitchcock with The Haunting. My winner though for creating one of the most inspiring, entertaining, cool films of all time in The Great Escape, is John Sturges. Finally, a trio of directors get credit for somehow bringing together an ensemble cast to tell a wholly American tale in a wholly American way, with How The West Was Won.

My Winner: John Sturges.

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Have I abandoned artistic merit for the entertainment choice? Who is your pick as 1963’s Best Director? Let us know in the comments section!