HEALTH / FITNESS NEWS
August 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

Carlo Rambaldi, the triple Oscar-winning creator of the iconic and loveable alien ET and the less cuddly monster in "Alien", died Friday in Italy aged 86, said a local cultural advisor.

Rambaldi died in hospital in Lamezia Terme, in Italy's Calabria region, where he had lived for his final years. The cause of death was not given.

"One of the geniuses of international cinema has gone," said cultural advisor Mario Caliguiri, who called Rambaldi "a magician of special effects." Rambaldi's dramatic work won him three Oscars -- for "Alien", "ET" and "King Kong" -- and a legion of fans.

Born on September 15, 1925 in Vigarano Mainarda, near Ferrara in northeastern Italy, he attended Bologna's Fine Arts academy. He took his first steps into the world of cinema with a 16-metre (52 feet) long dragon created for the film "Sigfrido", directed by Giacomo Gentilomo.

Rambaldi worked with renowned Italian directors including Marco Ferreri, Mario Monicelli and Dario Argento. But it was his Hollywood years that allowed him to develop his skills in mechatronics -- a mix of mechanical and electronic engineering used to produce special effects.

For "King Kong", directed by John Guillermin in 1976, he created a giant monkey 12 metres high and a mechanical arm for close-up shots of actress Jessica Lange, who played the female lead role.

Three years later, he worked with Swiss surrealist designer Hans Ruedi Giger to design director Ridley Scott's monster in "Alien".

But it was the endearing extra-terrestrial star of Steven Spielberg's 1982 box office hit "ET" that won him the admiration of the cinema world and the public.

Rambaldi also worked on another Spielberg film, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), and David Lynch's "Dune", released in 1984.

AFP


 


PREVIOUS STORY
Mexico destroys 8 mn chickens amid bird flu outbreak
NEXT STORY
Britain urges world to unite against hunger

Bookmark and Share
   




FIJI NEWS
Govt discusses technical assistance with ADBPublic Enterprises Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says their meeting with a specialist team of the Asian Development Bank gave them an opportunity to discuss the technical assistance ADB can provide with respect to the divestment of Government shares in various State Owned Enterprises.
SPORTS
Nadroga guns for win in GPL openerLast year's Inter District Championship semi-finalist, Nadroga is eager to start the Galaxy Premier League with a win over Tailevu Naitasiri at home tomorrow.
TECHNOLOGY
Vodafone Fiji, Tonga telco in allianceVodafone Fiji and Tonga Communications Corporation today signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan company to leverage off the experience of their Fijian counterparts.
LIFESTYLE/FASHION
Fiji Link receives ATR72-600 aircraftFiji Airways, Fijiís national airline, today received its latest ATR72-600 aircraft for its domestic subsidiary Fiji Link.
ENTERTAINMENT
No Flex Zone brothers release debut albumRae Sremmurd (read it backwards), who released lastís yearís catchy hit No Flex Zone, has released their debut album.
OFFBEAT
Mercury 'took Princess Diana to gay barQueen singer Freddie Mercury disguised the late Princess Diana as a male model and smuggled her into a notorious gay bar, according to a memoir serialised in Britain's Sunday Times.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS