DISAPPEARANCE – The filmmaker, who was president of the Academy Awards, died Wednesday August 17 in Los Angeles of natural causes at the age of 92. His film with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal marked a whole generation.
The world of cinema has lost one of its legendary stars. Canadian filmmaker Arthur Hiller, who was president of the Academy, which awards the Oscars, died Wednesday August 17 in Los Angeles of natural causes at the age of 92 years, announced the organization he headed in years 1990.
He was especially known for directing Love Story , which earned him an Oscar nomination. Released in 1970 cinema, the movie with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal marked a whole generation as well as its soundtrack by Francis Lai. During his career, Arthur Hiller directed almost thirty films including “ The Americanization of Emily (1964) or The Man in the Glass Booth (1975).
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend Arthur Hiller,” wrote Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy, in a statement. “I was a board member during his presidency and lucky enough to witness first hand his dedication to the Academy and passion of a lifetime for visual storytelling,” she said.
Born in Edmonton, in the Canadian province of Alberta, the filmmaker has served in the army of the Canadian air during World War II. He then kisses a directing career, first on Canadian television before leaving for Hollywood. In the twilight of a prolific career, he heads the Union of directors of the American film industry (Directors Guild of America) from 1989 to 1993 before taking the presidency of the Academy (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) of from 1993 to 1997.
the current president of the union, Paris Barclay, described Wednesday Arthur Hiller as a “tireless activist for the rights of creation and passionate advocate for the preservation of the film.” “As a union president, Arthur was a warm and supportive father figure who was deeply concerned about the well-being and professional of each of our members,” he recalls in a statement.