Blake Edwards (1922-2010)

Blake Edwards, director of many screwball comedies, died today* of pneumonia.  His movies included Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther, and Victor/Victoria, starring his wife, Julie Andrews.

Enjoy “The Pink Flea” and some Henry Mancini.

*Update/Clarification thanks to the LA Times: Early today for the East Coast, he actually died last night (10:30 PST) in Santa Monica. Damn Gray Lady and her East Coast centrism.


Mancini’s music is perfect for the cartoon. The movie, I donno.

@Dodgerblue: I am going to have Mancini as an earworm the rest of the day.

@SanFranLefty: Hasn’t hit the Sandy Eggo jazz station yet, but I’m sure they’ll be raiding their library soon enough.

I’m getting out mt copy of S.O.B. to watch tonight. (If you’ve never seen it, you should–it’s one of his best.)

One of my favorite directors. Damn.

As Cully said, “So long, pal.”

@ManchuCandidate: I had forgotten he was also behind Days of Wine and Roses until I read the LAT obit.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: That’s awesome.

i loved S.O.B. too.
@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ:
that IS awesome.

and the oscar death montage hits a highnote. rest in peace.

They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate;
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

From Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam by Ernest Dowson (1867–1900)

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