Thursday, October 1, 2015

John Guillermin, 1925-2015

British director John Guillermin had died at the age of 89. Apparently he died on Monday, but the obituaries I've seen were only published on Wednesday.

Guillermin is probably best known for his big-budget movies of the 1970s, of which the most notable is The Towering Inferno. It's one of those fun all-star disaster movies that were popular that decade, not that you couldn't figure it out from the title. Another all-star movie was his adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile. In between those was the 1970s remake of King Kong, a movie that I think is forgotten in part because the original is the best, and because the original was remade again several years ago.

One Guillermin film that I've blogged about is the underrated Guns at Batasi.

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