Alan Parker: a maker of glorious films with a gift for connecting with audiences | Peter Bradshaw

From Bugsy Malone to Mississippi Burning, Shoot the Moon to Angel Heart, Parker was a craftsman committed to entertaining cinemagoers

A life in pictures

Alan Parker was a great storyteller of the movies, a muscular film-maker who cared about what the public wanted, cared about how to get the public into the cinema to see movies they would really enjoy. He believed that enjoyment was what they deserved. And he made superbly crafted pictures in any and every style that gave them that pleasure.

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