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Vale – Ken Annakin

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Ken Annakin - 1914-2009

More sad news out of Britain this morning, with the reported death of legendary director, Ken Annakin. Annakin directed many films throughout his career, none perhaps more celebrated that The Longest Day, and Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines. For the latter, Annakin was nominated for an Academy Award. He was not immune to failure, however, with also being nominated for a Razzie for his effort on The Pirate Movie (which I loved as a kid, I have to say). Industry attention never eluded him for long, however, with his direction of the British segements of The Longest Day being noticed by the Directors Guild of America.

He also directed The Swiss Family Robinson, as well as Here Come The Huggets, and The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men.

Ken Annakin, who was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2002, died in California aged 95, on Wednesday.

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Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney's keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them. Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman. As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney's love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.