Sonntag, 12. August 2012

Rest in Peace, Signore Rambaldi

All fans of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror movies, please bow your head in remembrance of one the masters of designing and building some of Hollywood's most famous and remembered movie creatures... R.I.P Signore Carlo Rambaldi.

His first piece of work in 1957 was uncredited, as he designed Fafnir, the dragon, for the Italian version of the classic German tale of Siegfried, entitled "Sigfrido".

His best-known creatures are, of course, E.T., the extra-terrestrian, the friendly aliens from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", who smiled, when exchanging sign language with Claude Lacombe (played by Francois Truffaut), the not-so friendly xenomorph from Ridley Scott's "Alien" (designed together with Swiss artist H.R. Giger), the spice-consuming alien navigators in David Lynch's "Dune" and the giant ape Kong in the 1976 remake of "King Kong", starring Jessica Lange.

I can safely say, that Carlo Rambaldi was one of the fathers of my love for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror movies, as well.

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