Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Richard Fleischer 1916 - 2006



Multiple genre master director Richard Fleischer passed away recently from natural causes at the age of 89. He directed countless films in the horror, science-fiction, fantasy, crime, thriller, comedy and musical genres including Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Vikings, Fantastic Voyage, The Boston Strangler, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and the beloved sci-fi classic Soylent Green.

As much as I love the aforementioned films, I'd have to say that my personal favorite Fleischer film is the 1967 fantasy-musical Dr. Dolittle starring Rex Harrison. It's certainly not a popular opinion, but I loved the movie during my childhood and it still holds up a sense of wonder when I watch it today. Great movie.

Fleischer was born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of pioneer animator Max Fleischer and nephew of Dave and and Louis, who created Betty Boop, Popeye, and the early Superman cartoons. He directed more than 50 films from 1944 to 1989. His book, Out of the Inkwell, a biography of his father, was published last year. He will be fondly remembered.

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