Left to right: Hara Setsuko, Wes Craven, Rod Taylor, Leonard Nimoy, Lizabeth Scott. Citations: Portrait of a Young Woman (Amedeo Modigliani, 1918); The Pilgrimage to San Isidro [detail] (Francisco de Goya, 1819-23); Rubáiyát (Omar Khayyam, 11th-12th centuries)
☞ Read Alexander Jacoby’s obituary of Hara Setsuko and Anne Billson’s obituary of Wes Craven in our March 2016 isssue
Christopher Lee. Citations: The Aesthetic Inferno (Karl Rosenkrantz, 1852); Saturn Devouring His Son (Francisco de Goya, c.1819-23)
Manoel de Oliveira. Citations: Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci, 1503-17); Visita ou Memórias e Confissões (Manoel de Oliveira, 1982/2015); Quotation by Oliveira (1982). [According to the Oxford Dictionary, saudade, ‘especially with reference to songs or poetry,’ is ‘a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament.’]
Maureen O’Hara and Haskell Wexler. Citations: The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952); Ophelia (Sir John Everett Millais, 1851-52); Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler, 1969); Quotation by John Wayne (date unknown)
Penelope Houston. Citations: Quotation by Erich von Stroheim, after a visit to the Sight & Sound office, circa 1949-50 [source: Houston in interview with Christophe Dupin and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith – see below]; L’Eclisse on the cover of Sight & Sound (Winter 1961-62); The Kiss (Gustav Klimt, 1908-9)
Bob Mastrangelo’s roll-call of the key figures in film who departed in 2015, plus Alexander Jacoby on Hara Setsuko, Anne Billson on Wes Craven, Tom Charity on Haskell Wexler and Laura Mulvey on Chantal Akerman.