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Wed, Jul 7, 2021 6:19 AM

Live Poll: Face-Off: Remembering Richard Donner

Film director Richard Donner passed away on July 5, 2021. He was 91 years old.

Donner's career spanned six decades and after starting in television, he jumped into movies where he got to be considered as one of the most influental architects of the blockbuster era.

In the words of The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw "The story of Richard Donner is the story of Hollywood from the 1980s onwards: horror, superheroes, action and franchise properties. Donner gave all of it a human touch."

He is considered as the inventor of the comic-book movies as we know it thanks to his work in Superman (1978), as the reinventor of buddy movies with Lethal Weapon (1987), and as one of the beginners of modern horror with The Omen (1976).

For which of those three roles do you think he will be better remembered?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls505468536/

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2 m ago

Since no one else took it, I think a homage to Richard Donner is needed.

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Indeed, and it's a very nice homage, but there is another poll about his films:

https://www.imdb.com/poll/7vZqvkbS7r0/

Perhaps a poll about the characters in his films could be done instead?

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Missed that, I'll make a complete change and turn this into a Face-Off. Thanks.

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2 m ago

Good poll! The way you boiled down his influence to three precise genres makes for a great memorial face-off. "As the inventor of comic-book movies" will get my vote but it's a tough choice because he was so influential in the two other genres, as well. It will be interesting to see the results.

May I suggest a few small edits to the intro? (Great intro, by the way, and it's very well written.)

In the words of The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, "The story of Richard Donner is the story of Hollywood from the 1980s onwards: horror, superheroes, action and franchise properties. Donner gave all of it a human touch."

He is considered as the inventor of the comic-book movies as we know them, thanks to his work in Superman (1978), as the reinventor of buddy movies with Lethal Weapon (1987), and as one of the beginners of modern horror with The Omen (1976).

For which of those three roles do you think he will be best remembered?

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Thanks.