Many of them did not celebrate the New Year

Many of them did not celebrate the New Year

Sometimes one line in a series can relieve millions of people, one song can start a revolution, one film sheds light on injustice, and an architectural project changes history and thus little by little, the whole world…

Behind all these great deeds, there are people who, in the transience of their lives, managed to find the thread of eternity and weave it into what they leave behind in the world. Many of them did not celebrate the New Year, but they remain there forever through what they created. This is just a small reminder of the legacy of some greats who left us in 2021.

Boycie in TV series “Only Fools and Horses” – John Challis

Many of them did not celebrate the New Year

His eternal outwitting with other guests of the pub “The Nag’s Head” with a glass of cognac, is a source of hilarious replicas that are repeated even today among fans of “Only Fools and Horses”, more than twenty years since the end of that series.

The legendary character, who had such a large fan base that he got his spin “Green Grass”, could only be played by John Challis, a Briton with a big heart, who in recent years has examined the subtle ties between his and the Serbian people. Even today, one of the favorite comedies in our area.

“Boycie” left us on September 19, at the age of 80, not waiting to come to Serbia once again after he received its citizenship.

The film “Breathless” or “Out of Breath” – Jean-Paul Belmondo

One of the most influential films of the French New Wave “Breathless” from 1960, it shaped entire generations of future directors and opened the door to one of the most talented actors in Europe, Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Many of them did not celebrate the New Year

The last scene in that film in which his character Michelle dies, while the woman who betrayed him stands above him, is listed among the cult ones and can certainly be counted in Belmondo’s “life’s work”.

In addition to the film “Breathless”, he left behind dozens of great titles, such as: “Trapped by Fear”, “A Woman Is a Woman”, “The Man from Rio” and others.

However, it is worth recalling the words of this great actor:

“My life’s work, above all, is my love, the women I loved, my children and grandchildren, and the fact that I always had the strength to fall in love”.

Jean-Paul Belmondo left this world on September 6, 2021, at the age of 88.

Music from the movie “Zorba the Greek” – Mikis Theodorakis

“Zorba the Greek” presented the world of Greek beauty better than any other achievement before him.

The recognizable music from that film has the power to instantly transport the listener to a Greek island surrounded by the blue sea, where “a tomato is like a watermelon, and a watermelon is like a house”.

Many of them did not celebrate the New Year

It can also ignite a celebratory mood, so it is indispensable at weddings around the world, and the baseball club “New York Yankees” uses it to raise the atmosphere in the stands.

The author of this soundtrack is Mikis Theodorakis, one of the greatest Greek composers of all time, who will be remembered for many important works of classical music.

It is worth reminding that Theodorakis composed music for one of the most expensive films made in the former Yugoslavia – “Battle of Sutjeska”.

Theodorakis passed away on September 2, and he was buried to the sound of Sirtaki on the island of Crete in the cemetery in Galatas, which was his last wish.

Complete discography of The Rolling Stones – Charlie Watts

“Without Charlie Watts, there would be no Rolling Stones”, guitarist Keith Richards once said of his bandmate.

And indeed, the discography of the legendary band would be hard to imagine without the drummer shares of this blues man at heart, and the rocker by choice.

Many of them did not celebrate the New Year

With them, he released 30 studios and 33 live albums, 29 compilations, 48 video albums, 32 box sets, countless maxi singles, and played on 40 tours.

In “Stones”, he was the oldest in the band and it was often pointed out in the media that this quiet drummer, of a unique style, was the voice of reason.

He left an indelible mark on future generations of musicians and was ranked 12th on the Rolling Stone lists of the best drummers of all time.

It is less known that he gladly went on tour with big bands and other jazz bands, as well as that he released his jazz albums.

Mr. Charlie Watts passed away on August 24 at the age of 80.

“Peaky Blinders” – Helen McCrory

The Birmingham gang could not function without Polly Gray. “The Ruler of the Shadows”, the matriarch who saved the family’s affairs during the war, and after him was the chief conciliator of Tom Shelby, was painted to the subtlest shades with the incredible talent of the actress Helen McCrory.

Many of them did not celebrate the New Year

“From the beginning, I felt that it worked on a different level. Every scene we got on paper was elevated to a higher level. I would find small clues and dig them up to make the scenes more emotionally intense”, he wrote of her to the British “Guardian” Cillian Murphy.

The Malfoy met her as Narcissa Malfoy, the mother of Draco Malfoy from the popular Harry Potter films, but also as Sherry Blair in the film “Queen”, which was awarded the “Bafta” award in 2007.

She died on April 16 at the age of 53.

“Giselle” – Carla Fracci

The incredible ease of movement of the beloved Italian prima ballerina Carla Fracci, was called by critics “bel canto in the world of ballet”.

Since the 1960s, whenever a new ballet was staged in Italy, choreographers and producers would dream that she wanted to be a part of it.

Many of them did not celebrate the New Year

Although she played many great roles in her hometown “La Scala”, “Giselle” opened the doors of world ballet companies to her, and she constantly returned to her during her career. At the beginning of 2021, she recorded a master class on that ballet for future generations.

When Carla died on May 27, “La Scala” in a statement called her “a cardinal figure in the history of the game, but also in “La Scala”, the city of Milan and Italian culture.”

Hundreds of people sent her beloved ballerina, the daughter of a tram driver, to her eternal rest, and in her honor, all the white trams in Milan bore her name.

“The greatest. Divine and eternal”, Italian Culture Minister Dario Francescini said on Twitter.

Omar from “The Wire” – Michael K. Williams

Among the contents that caused fans of the series to have sleepless nights in the 1990s, was “Wire” – as its creator David Simon called it: “Greek tragedy for the new millennium”.

In that tragedy, one character was different from all those shown on small screens until then: Omar Little, a gay criminal, who got money (and pleasure) from robbing a powerful bloodthirsty Barksdale clan.

Many of them did not celebrate the New Year

He was enigmatic, seductive and defiant, and also comfortable enough in his own skin to appear in a local supermarket dressed only in a silk turquoise bathrobe.

In the traditional “macho” crime genre, his outspoken gay character, whose sex life was portrayed with such openness and credibility, was a great novelty, but he did not draw his uniqueness from it alone.

An excellent description was given to him by former US President Barack Obama, an ardent fan of the “Wire” series: “He is a fascinating character: a gay gangster who robs only drug dealers and then returns them to people, like some Robin Hood. That’s very interesting”.

Omar was killed in the fifth and final season of “The Wire”, not by Barksdale, but by a child.

The character who immortalized him on the small screens, also closed his eyes forever in the year that is behind us.

Actor Michael K. Williams, was found dead in his apartment on September 6, 2021.

In addition to the series “Wire”, he will be remembered for his roles in “Boardwalk Empire”, “When They See Us” and “Lovecraft Country”.

Stanford Blatch in the series “Sex and the City” – Willie Garson

Willie Garson played Stanford Blatch in the series “Sex and the City” so credibly that he became the only supporting character who received his stories and completed the famous four with his sharp humor and constant problems in love life.

He was also one of the first openly gay characters, who were not built on stereotypes about homosexuals and were extremely loyal to their friends, especially Carrie.

Many of them did not celebrate the New Year

He made the audience laugh and put tears in their eyes, and at the same time showed the whole generation what men’s fashion can look like.

Garson died of cancer on September 21 at the age of 58.

Changing the attitude of Hollywood towards weapons – Halyna Hutchins

The director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, probably never imagined what a deep mark she would leave on world cinema.

Her death on the set of “Rust”, on October 21, will probably change Hollywood’s attitude towards weapons in film forever and lead to greater security for all employees in the film industry.

Halyna Hutchins

After Halyna was hit by a real bullet that happened to be among the dead in the armory on the set, the director of “Mare of Easttown” Craig Zobel, announced that firearms should be banned from filming and pointed out that all the shots in his series were computer generated.

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) announced that he will never use real weapons on the set again, and many other actors and filmmakers agreed with him.

So far, over a hundred thousand people have signed the petition to ban real weapons on film sets, which was initiated by the multi-award-winning filmmaker Bandar Albulivi.

Halyna will posthumously change the lives of many women, because in her memory, the American Film Institute established a scholarship for future directors of photography.

“West Side Story” – Stephen Sondheim

“West Side Story” is not only a classic musical, but also one of the turning points of the theater, which fundamentally changed the way musicals are performed.

Almost every song from this musical is now considered the standard, and many of them have been performed countless times at concerts and albums.

Stephen SondheimA few have earned platinum status, and among them are a cover of Barbra Streisand and “Pet Shop Boys”, “Somewhere”.

The songs have been released in dozens of performances on albums around the world, in various interpretations and styles, and are famous jazz versions of Stan Kenton and Oscar Peterson, as well as classical with violinist Joshua Bell, and even a punk rock version called “Punk Side Story”.

Stephen Sondheim, who signed the lyrics for those songs, is considered the “titan of the musical”. He has written music and lyrics for many hit musicals, and some songs that will be sung for a long time are “Anyone Can Whistle”, “Our Time”, “Send In the Clowns” and “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid”.

The master of American musical, passed away on November 26.

“Pompidou Center in Paris” – Richard Rogers

The Pompidou Center in Paris, the work of architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, is one of the first examples of a building whose structural and mechanical systems were incorporated into the building’s exterior.

As its creators once said, when designing it, they did not have in mind the building, but the whole city where you can find everything – from lunch to great music, books, art…

“National Geographic” called their project “love at another sight”, and “La Figaro” that “Paris has its monster, just like the one from Loch Ness”.

Richard Rogers

But Lord Rogers’ visionary ideas were overwhelmed by time, and when he won the highest recognition in architecture, the Pritzker Prize, the New York Times wrote that his “Pompidou Center” solution “turned the world of architecture upside down.”

“He brought the revolution to museums, transforming them from elite monuments into places of social and cultural exchange, woven into the heart of the city,” said the Pritzker jury.

Rogers is also the creator of the building of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the Assembly of Wales in Cardiff, the office on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, the terminal for Barajas International Airport in Madrid and Terminal 5 on Heathrow in London.

Lord Richard Rogers, who is without a doubt one of the most important and influential architects of the modern age, passed away on December 18, at the age of 88.

Songs by IL Divo – Carlos Marin

When Carlos Marin from Spain, David Miller from America, Sebastian Izambard from France and Urs Buhler from Switzerland, appeared together for the first time, it became clear that opera singing could be mainstream pop.

Their gorgeous voices, attractive looks and selection of songs have sold out sports halls around the world and more than 30 million copies of albums worldwide.

Although the beginning was not promising, “IL Divo” became the first band to repeat the success of the group “Led Zeppelin” after 25 years, when they released an album without a single announcing single, which was at the top of the charts.Carlos Marin

They also entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2006 for the best-selling album of an international group. According to the official website, the group has sold over 26 million albums worldwide, topped 50 times, received over 160 gold and platinum awards for best-selling albums in over 33 countries and recorded four world record tours.

Among the female audience, the favorite was Carlos Marin, with a huge range of voices, who also sang classical opera and played in musicals.

Marin held his last concert with the band “IL Divo” on December 6 as part of a New Year’s tour scheduled in the UK, and according to British media, the next day he tested positive for corona virus and then, on December 8, was hospitalized in Manchester. A few days later, Marin was put into a medically induced coma and transferred to the Royal Hospital in Manchester, where he died on December 19.

“Dallas Buyers Club” – Jean-Marc Valee

Director Jean-Marc Valee, was not afraid of sensitive topics. He was able to, with openness and true respect, paint the finesse of the human spirit on the big screen.

Although he received many accolades for his accomplishments, the film that launched him among Hollywood’s most respected directors was “Dallas Buyers Club”.Jean-Marc Valee

The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of Ron Woodruff, a man with AIDS who smuggled drugs to help other people in Texas who suffered from the same disease.

Matthew McConaughey believed that it was Vale who saved him from the typical roles of a heartthrob in romantic comedies, who recognized his potential for great roles.

“He was a director who could make everything shine with his touch, and the actors in Hollywood knew that,” said his colleague Danny Villeneuve about him.

“When we worked with Jean-Marc Valee, we knew we were in the hands of a master,” he added.

He is believed to have died on Christmas Day, according to the Gregorian calendar, on December 25, from a heart attack, in his weekend house near New York, but his body was not found until the next day.

“Golden Girls” – Betty White

The decision of the American NBC network to shoot a series about women in their mature years, in the industry obsessed with youth, was a big gamble, but in the end it paid off.

The sitcom “The Golden Girls” was a favorite among different generations and lasted until 1992.

All the “girls” in that series were, as one TV critic said, a “black belt in comedy”, but this was perhaps best demonstrated by Betty White in the role of Rose Nylund, the first woman to win an Emmy Award.

Betty White

The choice of the moment in which she uttered her lines, her facial expressions, made Rose a three-dimensional character that was loved by both children and adults.

Rose was a gentle but not overly bright widow, who managed to misinterpret all situations and drive her roommates crazy with stories about her childhood in the fictional city of St. Olaf in Minnesota.

That role brought Betty the “Emmy” award, and she reprize it in the short-lived spin-off “The Golden Palace”.

In addition to “Golden Girls”, White will be remembered for being one of the few women who had complete creative freedom in Hollywood in the 1950s and was the producer of her show “Betty White Show”.

She died on the last day of 2021, just a few weeks before her 100th birthday.

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is only a biography of great people. – Thomas Carlisle, Scottish historian, philosopher and essayistFrescoe White Angel in the Mileseva Monastery near Prijepolje, Serbia


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