well, wouldn't you know, two people called Stanley who are no longer with us should have been celebrating their birthday this week. one would be my dear Grandfather, who we all remember very well indeed - in fact as well we rememember as much as we miss him.
the other Stanley would be somewhat better known worldwide, and indeed would have been celebrating his birthday today, of the same age as my Grandad as i recall.
hard to believe that it's been over 13 years since the man i still consider to be the greatest, finest and most important film maker passed away.
of course his passing happened in the era of the interwebnet, and thus one can find all sorts of ridiculous conspiracy theories surrounding his passing. the "best", for the real want of a better phrase, is easily that he was in fact murdered as what turned out to be his final film, Eyes Wide Shut, was to going to reveal the "secrets of the illuminati", whatever or whoever they are. the "proof" seems to mostly revolve around the fact that he died exactly (i have not checked this) 666 days prior to the dawn of the year 2001, a year he is rather closely associated with. for some reason he was the only victim of this conspiracy, which might give you a clue as to the validity of this theory.
whereas my Grandfather Stanley always had a smile, a kind word for everyone and always a wonderful story to tell. the fim maker Stanley not only refused to make a bad film, he went further and made movies that will be thought of, appreciated and watched until the last means of watching films is gone from the earth. both are greatly missed, and thought of this week.
be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!