R.I.P. Irvin Kershner

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R.I.P. Irvin Kershner

Post  Delmar Nori on Mon 29 Nov 2010, 4:09 pm

The great TESB director, Irvin Kershner, passed away. Crying or Very sad

At least, the Master returned to the Force.

Source: The New York Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/movies/30kershner.html?_r=1&hp

Irvin Kershner, Film Director, Dies at 87
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: November 29, 2010

Irvin Kershner, who directed the Star Wars sequel “The Empire Strikes Back” and the James Bond film “Never Say Never Again,” has died. He was 87.

Mr. Kershner died during the weekend but no other details were immediately available, his agent, Derek Maki, said Monday in an e-mail to The Associated Press in Los Angeles.

Mr. Kershner had already had made a number of well-received movies when he was hired by George Lucas to direct “Empire,” which was the second produced but fifth in the “Star Wars” chronology.

The production, released in 1980, was a darker story than the original. In it, the hero Luke Skywalker loses a hand and learns that the villain Darth Vader is his father. The movie got mixed reviews but has gone on to become one of the most critically praised.

Mr. Kershner told Vanity Fair in October that he had tried to give the sequel more depth than the original.

“When I finally accepted the assignment, I knew that it was going to be a dark film, with more depth to the characters than in the first film,” he said. “It took a few years for the critics to catch up with the film and to see it as a fairy tale rather than a comic book.”

Mr. Kershner said he had only one sharp disagreement with Mr. Lucas. The script originally called for the heroine, Princess Leah, to tell the space pilot Han Solo, “I love you,” and for him to reply, “I love you, too.”

“I shot the line and it just didn’t seem right for the character of Han Solo,” Mr. Kershner said.

Instead, Harrison Ford, in the role of Solo, improvised the reply, saying, “I know.”

Mr. Lucas wanted the original line but, after test previews, agreed to leave in Mr. Ford’s reply, which has gone on to be one of the best-known lines in the series.

Mr. Kershner was born on April 29, 1923, in Philadelphia. He had musical and photographic training and worked as a freelance illustrator before he turned to filmmaking. He graduated from the University of Southern California film school and, in the 1950s, made United States government informational films in Greece, Turkey and the Middle East.

He was a director and cameraman for a television documentary series called “Confidential File” in Los Angeles before getting his first movie break in 1958 when Roger Corman hired him to shoot a low-budget feature called “Stakeout on Dope Street.”

He went on to direct a number of noted features in the 1960s and ’70s, including “A Fine Madness” with Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward and Jean Seberg; “The Flim-Flam Man” with George C. Scott; “Loving” with George Segal and Eva Marie Saint; and “The Eyes of Laura Mars,” with Faye Dunaway.

The 1976 television movie “Raid on Entebbe” earned him an Emmy nomination for direction.

Besides “Empire,” his big-budget work included the 1983 James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again,” with Mr. Connery, and “RoboCop 2” in 1990.

Mr. Kershner also was an occasional actor. He played the priest Zebedee in Martin Scorsese’s film “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

He also was a faculty member at the University of Southern California.


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