(Denver) Bob Rafelson, co-creator of the Fantasy Group Monkeys Died at 89, before becoming an influential member of New Hollywood in the 1970s.
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The filmmaker died Saturday at his home in Aspen, Colorado, surrounded by family members, his wife, Gabrielle Tarek-Rafelson, said.
In Bert Schneider’s company, he founded the pop group The Monkees for a television series of the same name. He won the 1967 Emmy Award for Television Comedy.
Born in New York, Bob Rafelson is best known for his influential role in New Hollywood, which revolutionized American cinema in the 1970s. He helped bring in talented young directors like Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg. .
Directed and co-written by him Five easy piecesA drama that tells the story of a pianist who loves his blue-collar life, and Marvin Gardens is the king, a comedy about a late-night radio open-line host. Both films starred Jack Nicholson and explored the flaws in the American dream. Five easy pieces 1971 allowed Bob Rafelson to become a finalist for two Oscars: Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
He also produced classic films of that time like Last film show Peter Bogdanovich and Easy traveller By Dennis Hopper.
According to Francis Ford Coppola, Bob Rafelson was “one of the greatest filmmakers of his time”.
Bob Rafelson is among his admirers Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson.
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