Dienstag, 12. August 2014

In Memory Of Robin Williams

 Hello there fellow film lovers,
it has been quite some time since my last entry, and yet, I wish I didn't have a reason to post something today. However, as you might have heard by now, yesterday on August 11, 2014, the great Robin Williams died at age 63.

This news really took me by surprise and never has the passing of a celebrity affected me as much as this one. Probably because this was the person whose films I grew up with. More than a familiar face on TV. The man who could always make me laugh.
As a little kid, I watched "Jumanji" over and over again till it annoyed the heck out of my relatives and to this day it is the film I've seen the most. It was pure movie magic the first time and every other time I popped in that VHS and pressed the play button. "Mr. Doubtfire", "Jack" and especially "Hook" are more examples of how Robin Williams not only entertained me as a child, but spawned my imagination and gave me role models to look up to.
As I got older I had the pleasure of enjoying his more serious works, and saw that his warmth and kindness translated to drama as good as they did to comedy. With his outstanding performance in "Good Will Hunting" he gave us what a professor of mine called 'the best portrayal of a psychologist in film ever', which earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Also, his perfect delivery in "Dead Poets Society" (as seen below) gives you even more chills now that he's passed away. And finally as if we needed more proof of his talent, he even managed to creep us out by playing against his usual type in films such as "Insomnia" and "One Hour Photo".
I could talk all day about so many brilliant pieces in his filmography, but what is really worth mentioning is that (looking at his co-stars and friends) his affectionate and warm-hearted on-screen-persona must have been just the same when the cameras turned off. The world lost a great artist, but more importantly, it lost a great human being!

Carpe Diem,
Your Cinemartian

"I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul." 
- Steve Martin

"Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can't believe he's gone."
- Steven Spielberg

"I've never known a sweeter, brighter, more considerate person than Robin. Robin's commitment as an artist to lifting our mood and making us happy is compared to none. He loved us all and we loved him back."
- John Travolta

 "His kindness and generosity is what I think of. How kind he was to anyone who wanted to connect with him. And he could not help but be funny all the time. He would do something as long as it would keep you laughing. He made many, many film crews laugh out loud before the audiences ever saw it. He made such a big impact on the world." 
- Ben Stiller

"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams." 
- Barack Obama

"I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken." 
- Susan Schneider

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