Month: September 2014

Darrell Zwerling, Chinatown actor (1928 – 2014)

Darrell Zwerling, who portrayed the husband of Faye Dunaway in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown has died aged 86.

His death has been confirmed to DialMForMovies by The Julliard School in New York of which he was an Augustus society member.  He died on April 11th 2014.

His most recognisable role is that of Hollis Mulwray, the chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, who is tailed by Jack Nicholson’s character at the beginning of the film, only to be found drowned later in a freshwater reservoir. Mr Zwerling also appeared in Grease as teacher ‘Mr Lynch’, and as a doctor in Capricorn One



Nicole Lubtchansky, editor of 20 Jacques Rivette films, has died.

Nicole Lubtchansky, who edited Jacques Rivette’s ‘Celine and Julie Go Boating‘ (1974), has died on September 5 2014.
Her death has been reported by The French Association of Directors of Film Photography.
Nicole was the widow of cinematographer William Lubtchansky who photographed 14 of Rivette’s films.

She edited  a further 19 Jacque Rivette’s  films:  L’amour Fou (‘Mad Love’),  Out 1 (from 1971),  Out 1: Spectre (1974),  the nocturnal fantasy Noroit (1976), Duelle (1976), the short film Paris s’en va (1981),  Le pont du Nord (1981),  Merry-Go-Round (1981), L’amour par terre (1984),  Hurlevent (1985), La belle noiseuse (1991),  Jeanne la Pucelle II – Les prisons (1994), Jeanne la Pucelle II – Les batailles (1994),  Haut bus fragile (1995),  Secret defense (1998), Va Soviur (2001),  The Story of Marie and Julien (2003), Don’t Touch The Axe (2007),  and Around a Small Mountain (2009),


Brasse Brännström, Oscar nominated screenwriter for ‘My Life as a Dog’, has died aged 69.

Brasse Brännström, Oscar nominated screenwriter who co-wrote the 1985 Swedish drama ‘My Life as a Dog‘, has died aged 69.brasse-brnnstrm-01

The film was directed by Lasse Hallstrom and based on the second novel of Reidar Jonsson’s semi-autobiographical trilogy.
It tells the story of a boy and his brother who are sent to live with relatives, while their mother recuperates from illness.

It was nominated for 2 Oscars at the 1988 ceremony (despite being made in 1985) – Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.  
Brasse shared his nomination with Lasse Hallstrom, Reidar Jonsson and Per Berglund. The film lost the screenwriting and directing Oscars to The Last Emperor. 

– Rhett Bartlett

Karel Cerny, Oscar winning art director for Amadeus, has died aged 92.

Karel Cerny, who won the Best Art Direction Oscar in 1985 for Amadeus, has died aged 92 at his residence in Tabor. 
He shared the award with Patrizia von Brandenstein (who was the first female recipient of the award).

He was also Art Director on Milos Forman’s ‘The Firemen’s Ball’ (1967), and ‘Black Peter‘ (1964).
In 2013, he was the recipient of the Czech Lion Lifetime Achievement Award.


Donatas Banionis , star of Solaris , has died aged 90.

Donatas Banionis, the lead actor in the 1972 Russian sci-fi film Solaris, has died aged 90.6163767_gal (1)
He had reportedly suffered a stroke and died in hospital according to the Lithuanian Filmmakers Union.

In the Andrei Tarkovksy film he portrayed Kris Kelvin, the psychologist who embarks on an interstellar journey to a space station.  Solaris received two awards at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival (Grand Prize of the Jury, FIPRESCI prize) as well a nomination in the Palme d’Or category.

He was the last surviving male cast-member of the film. 


– Rhett Bartlett.