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Nicolas roeg dead aged 90
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Nicolas Roeg has died aged 90

The filmmaker directed The Man Who Fell to Earth, Don’t Look Now, and more

Esteemed filmmaker Nicolas Roeg has died aged 90, the BBC reports. According to his son, Nicolas Roeg Jr, he died on Friday night (November 23). “He was a genuine dad,” Roeg Jr says.

Roeg was a highly influential figure in cinema, celebrated for films such as 1973’s Don’t Look Now, which caused controversy due to its graphic sex scenes. Other contributions to film history include his collaborations with David Bowie and Mick Jagger, in The Man Who Fell to Earth and his 1970 directorial debut, Performance, respectively.

Also worth a mention is Roeg’s foray into “childrens’” films, with The Witches in 1990: a daringly horrifying take on Roald Dahl’s story of the same name (which Roald Dahl regarded as “utterly appalling”).

Among the commemorations on Twitter comes one from British director Edgar Wright, who calls Roeg an “extraordinary cinematic talent”.