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TOH! Remembers Talent the Film Community Lost in 2013 (PART 1)

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood December 23, 2013 at 11:00AM

As Part 1 in our series of "TOH! Remembers" posts, we look back at some of the talent the film community lost in 2013.
Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen

As Part 1 in our series of "TOH! Remembers" posts, we look back at some of the talent the film community lost in 2013.

Who: Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen

Born: June 29, 1920

Known for: Pioneering work as creator of stop-motion special effects

Career breakout: “Mighty Joe Young”

High Point: The sword-fight of the skeletons in “Jason and the Argonauts”

Low Point: CGI

Yes, it's true: Was referenced in the song “Worried About Ray’ by The Hoosiers. --John Anderson

Who: Patrice Chéreau

Patrice Chereau
Patrice Chereau

Born: 1944

Known for: Prolific opera, theater, and movie director, who also acted

Career breakout: Appointed director of suburban Parisian theater at age of 22

High point: In film, "La Reine Margot" ("Queen Margot") awarded the Jury Prize and Best Actress Award (for Virna Lisi) in Cannes in 1994, as well as three Cesar nominations; won Cesar for Best Director, "Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train," 1998.

Low point: His now-beloved Marxist production of the Ring cycle at Bayreuth was booed at its debut in 1976

Yes, it's true: In his only English language film "Intimacy," (2001), stars Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox had actual (although notably unerotic) sex onscreen; Chereau was the longtime partner of French actor Pascal Greggory; he worked until a few hours before his death. --Meredith Brody

This article is related to: Features, Obit

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.