Director Alan Parker was a hit, no matter what the critics said
With the likes of ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘Midnight Express’, it was his ability to stir emotions that won audiences over
Sir Alan Parker, the director who has died at the age of 76, broke his way into film-making with the children’s gangster spoof Bugsy Malone and went on to make more than a dozen full-length feature films, ranging from the intense marital breakdown drama Shoot the Moon (1982) to the over-the-top theatrics of Evita (1996) and the musical mayhem of The Commitments (1991).
On the way he outraged the Turkish tourist board with his brutal prison drama Midnight Express (1978), which won him an Oscar nomination for best director; ushered in a craze for leg warmers with Fame (1980); and helped to right a notorious American civil rights injustice with Mississippi Burning (1988), which won him a second Oscar nomination.
Never one to be typecast (he once expressed his desire to make at least one film in every cinematic genre), he also directed the experimental rock musical Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982), featuring Bob Geldof as a troubled rock star, and the anarchic colonic irrigation comedy The Road to Wellville (1994) with Anthony Hopkins...