• [The Daily] Remembering Luppi, Lassally, and More

    By David Hudson


    “Federico Luppi, a dignified Argentine actor well known for his complex performances in the dark fantasy films of Guillermo del Toro, died on Friday in Buenos Aires,” reports Daniel E. Slotnik in the New York Times. Luppi, seen above with Jesús Gris in del Toro’s Cronos (1993), was eighty-three.

    Vulture’s posted an excerpt from Matt Zoller Seitz and Simon Abrams’s forthcoming book, Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone, in which the director and actor talk about working with each other. “Federico Luppi is like the Laurence Olivier of Argentina,” says del Toro. “He’s the greatest Spanish-speaking actor alive. He is the most elegant, the most precise, the most genuine, and the most human presence onscreen ever.”

    And Luppi: “Guillermo and I developed a shorthand method of communicating on Cronos. His leadership was always guided by a deep sense of truth. His direction has always been completely organic. It was impossible not to understand when he gave directions, even during the most conventional fantasy scenes. He never got into lecturing master classes. Instead, his direction was in-depth but easy to grasp, both manageable and helpful. That’s the kind of direction I like.”

    Walter Lassally, who has died at the age of ninety, “was an Oscar-winning film cameraman who fled Nazi Germany and became a key figure in the British New Wave movement of the 1960s,” reads the Telegraph’s obituary. “Although best known for his work on gritty films of social realism like A Taste of Honey (1961) and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), both set in dreary provincial postwar Britain, Lassally earned his Academy award for his cinematography on the Mediterranean island of Crete for Michael Cacoyannis’s Zorba the Greek (1964) starring Anthony Quinn.”

    Brent Briscoe, “known for his roles like diner owner JJ in Parks and Recreation, Detective Dave Macklay in Twin Peaks, and in films like Sling Blade, The Green Mile, Mulholland Drive, and A Simple Plan,” has died “after a short hospital stay due to a serious fall,” reports Matt Fernandez at Variety. Briscoe was only fifty-six.

    “Rosemary Leach, the award-winning stage and screen actor best known for the films A Room With a View and That’ll Be The Day, has died after a short illness,” reports Caroline Davies for the Guardian. Leach was eighty-one.

    Bob Hawkins, “who spent more than fifty years at Variety, writing film reviews, covering film festivals, and overseeing Variety’s Rome office,” reports Variety’s Pat Saperstein.

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