Richard Glatzer has died, just weeks after the Oscars ceremony.
Richard Glatzer, the writer and director of the Oscar-winning movie Still Alice, has died ahed 63. Glatzer, who worked on the film despite suffering the debilitating effects of ALS, passed away in Los Angeles on Tuesday (March 10).
Richard Glatzer [center] directed and wrote the Oscar winning movie Still Alice
His death comes less than three weeks after Julianne Moore won the Oscar for Best Actress for a stunning part written by Glatzer and his husband Wash Westmoreland. Moore played a successful professor whose life begins to unravel after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.
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The directors of 'Still Alice' have come forward to explain the serious heart that went into the film, as one of them was suffering a similar affliction to the main character.
After Julianne Moore won the Oscar for her performance in 'Still Alice', the film climbed back into the US box office top 10, just as it opens across Europe this weekend. Co-director Wash Westmoreland is amazed at how the film has connected with people. "When you're an independent filmmaker you always have a dream version of how things will go," he said. "You have to live within the dream because often the reality is usually too brutal to deal with! But this time the reality has turned out to be better than the dream."
Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice'
Most amazing to Westmoreland and his partner, co-director Richard Glatzer, is how the film seems to be changing the perception of Alzheimer's. They credit much of this reaction to Moore's remarkably sensitive performance. "You know, we've always been huge fans of her work," Westmoreland said. "Every character she plays is completely different but yet realistic, whether it's Amber Waves, Sarah Palin or Cathy Whitaker. She has the ability to project intelligence, to be emotionally vulnerable and to act without words. I think in a lot of her movies, like 'Safe', she does a lot without speaking."
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For a film about early onset Alzheimer's, this is a remarkably wry, honest and even hopeful drama, anchored by another staggeringly sensitive performance by Julianne Moore. Writing-directing team Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are known for their observant depictions of human interaction (see Quinceañera), and they fill the screen with sharp dialogue and earthy emotions that make this much more than another movie about a disease. Instead, it's about how people can transcend what life throws at them, even if it knocks them down.
Moore stars as Alice, a New York linguistics professor who has just turned 50 when she starts noticing that she's forgetting words and getting lost. Her doctor gives her the tough diagnosis, and she uses her dry wit and sharp intellect to face the future with her steady husband John (Alec Baldwin) and their three grown children: married and pregnant Anna (Kate Bosworth), aspiring actress Lydia (Kristen Stewart) and free-spirit Tom (Hunter Parrish). The hardest thing to learn is that the disease is familial, and that she has passed it to at least one of her children. So while she can, Alice makes a contingency plan for the future as she watches her family members each react in a different way.
No, this isn't a light and breezy movie. But the filmmakers balance the moments of gut-wrenching emotion with smart humour ("Sorry, I forgot - I have Alzheimer's!") and bracing honesty ("I wish I had cancer!"). Moore is uncannily raw in the role, subtly revealing Alice's transformation in ways we barely notice until we're reminded what she used to be like. Even more powerful is her own awareness of what's happening. Opposite her, Baldwin has terrific camaraderie and an unexpected warmth, while both Bosworth and Stewart get a chance to dig much deeper as actors than they usually do. And what makes the film special is the way Alice's interaction with each character is uniquely individualistic.
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On the outside, Alice Howland appears to have an idyllic life. A beautiful family life with a husband and three older children, and a job that has provided her with such joy over the years. She's a linguistics professor, well respected for her knowledge of the world of language. However, soon she finds herself forgetting even the simplest of words and decides to get checked out by a doctor to see what might be wrong with her. On discovering that she has been diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, she finds herself struggling to deal with the idea of losing out on the rest of her career, being so highly respected in her field. She starts to drift further and further from her own identity, forgetting who she has become with the knowledge that it's only going to get worse.
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In 1994, Cuban-born Pedro Zamora (Loynaz) was cast in MTV's Real World because producers wanted to shake things up with a housemate who was HIV-positive. At 21, this bright young man is already an outspoken gay activist, and the reality show house is split when the homophobic Puck (Barr) turns on him. But the rest of the residents come over to Pedro's side, and by the time he dies of Aids-related causes while the programme is airing, they have taken up his campaign.
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For a film about early onset Alzheimer's, this is a remarkably wry, honest and even...
On the outside, Alice Howland appears to have an idyllic life. A beautiful family life...