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‘Clockwork Orange,’ ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’ Producer Was 93 – Latest Hollywood News

Si Litvinoff, the visionary producer behind Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and the Nicolas Roeg-directed movies The Man Who Fell to Earth and the Australian New Wave basic Walkabout, has died. He was 93.

Litvinoff died peacefully Dec. 26 in Los Angeles, his pal Shade Rupe introduced. Rupe interviewed him for the Blu-ray launch of Litvinoff’s groundbreaking 1968 movie The Queen, which revolves round a nationwide drag queen contest.

Litvinoff additionally produced the London-set All of the Proper Noises (1970), starring Olivia Hussey, Tom Bell and Judy Carne, and govt produced a Roeg-directed documentary concerning the 1972 Glastonbury Fayre music pageant that featured performances by Visitors, Fairport Conference, Melanie and Arthur Brown.

In 1965, Litvinoff optioned Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange for a reported $500 and despatched the guide to Kubrick. Whereas paying for screenplays by Burgess, Terry Southern and Michael Cooper, the producer sought Mick Jagger to star in it, all whereas Kubrick refused to decide to the mission.

Kubrick solely signed on after Litvinoff raised $1 million and went after Roeg to direct. The dystopian basic, starring Malcolm McDowell, lastly was launched by Warner Bros. in 1971 and was nominated for 4 Oscars, together with greatest image.

Litvinoff and Roeg, nevertheless, did collaborate on Walkabout (1971), which advised the story of two white schoolchildren (Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg, the director’s son) who get misplaced within the Australian Outback however are saved by an Indigenous Australian (David Gulpilil).

For The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Litvinoff and Roeg gave David Bowie his first huge shot on the motion pictures, with the rock star portraying a humanoid alien who crash-lands in New Mexico and turns into a businessman hooked on alcohol, intercourse and tv.

“Nic had been fascinated by Peter O’Toole. I used to be obsessed with David within the music world and I liked his report ‘Area Oddity,’” Litvinoff recalled.

“Nevertheless it wasn’t till [ICM agent] Maggie [Abbott] offered us with the documentary Cracked Actor that we have been each enthusiastic about David and knew that he was the one particular person to play the half.”

Born in New York on April 5, 1929, Litvinoff attended Adelphi Faculty on an athletic scholarship and acquired his regulation diploma from NYU in 1954. As a lawyer, his purchasers included Southern, Andy Warhol, Timothy Leary, Jim Dine, Jack Youngerman, Bea Arthur, Valerie Harper, Joel Gray, Orson Bean, Rip Torn and Alan Arkin.

In one among his first forays into producing, Litvinoff introduced Hail Scrawdyke, which mixed textual content from Shakespeare’s Henry VI and Richard III, to Broadway. Directed by Arkin, it lasted simply eight performances in 1966. (It was, nevertheless, tailored for a 1974 movie, Little Malcolm and His Wrestle Towards the Eunuchs, which starred John Harm and was produced by George Harrison.)

His theatrical productions included the John Schlesinger-directed musical I & Albert.

Litvinoff additionally served as senior govt in control of manufacturing for Southern and Harry Nilsson’s Hawkeye Leisure and was govt producer of a Seventies Doobie Brothers HBO particular, “Hearken to the Music.”

“He will likely be remembered for his fast wit, probably the most memorable of events and his love of entertaining buddies with tales of his fascinating experiences,” Rupe stated. Litvinoff additionally was a collector of wonderful artwork and a connoisseur of wine and champagne, he famous.

Survivors embody his sons, Ian and Bram; stepdaughter Gittel; and grandson Alek. A service is being organized.

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