Dan Ireland

Dan Ireland

TFH Guru Dan Ireland passed away on April 14, 2016. Dan loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan’s next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing.

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An Affair to Remember

1957
20th Century Fox
One of the then-rare examples of a director remaking his own film,...
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The Talented Mr. Ripley

1999
Miramax
The late Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) directs Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow...
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A Nightmare on Elm Street

1984
New Line Cinema
Wes Craven started a wildly popular franchise with this offbeat chiller...
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The Girl Can’t Help It

1956
20th Century Fox
Former animator Frank Tashlin sums up the 1950s in this hilarious...
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Mommie Dearest

1981
Paramount
“No wire hangers, ever!” Joan Crawford once noted in an early 70s interview that...
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Experiment in Terror

1962
Columbia
Comic director Blake Edwards revisits his noir roots in this 1962 suspense classic...
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Salome’s Last Dance

1988
Vestron Pictures
Ken Russell’s shoestring production consists primarily of a spiritedly ribald performance of Oscar...
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Suddenly Last Summer

1959
Columbia
Katharine Hepburn wants niece Elizabeth Taylor to get a lobotomy to protect the...
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The Conformist

1971
Kino Lorber/Raro
Bernardo Bertolucci’s glamorously beautiful investigation into the ugly nature of fascism (both political and...
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A Shot in the Dark

1964
United Artists
This sequel to 1963’s The Pink Panther is a smaller-scaled affair...
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La Dolce Vita

1961
Astor Pictures Corporation
Federico Fellini casts a serio-comic eye on the modern day decay of man,...
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Harold and Maude

1971
Paramount
Director Hal Ashby’s quirky comedy about the May-December romance of a death-obsessed young...
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The Ghost Writer

2010
Summit Entertainment
Adapted from the book The Ghost by Robert Harris, this unnerving mystery is...
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Bad Santa

2003
Dimension Films
Seemingly concocted by director Terry Zwigoff as an antidote to the sugary Christmas movies...
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Midnight Lace

1960
Universal Pictures
Ross Hunter, Hollywood’s glossiest producer and Doris Day, Hollywood’s perennially cheery star, team up...
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Eyes Wide Shut

1999
Warner Bros.
This dream-like treatise on sexual politics was Stanley Kubrick’s final film (he died...
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Basic Instinct

1992
TriStar Pictures
In the early eighties Hollywood was glutted with so-called “erotic thrillers” combining soft-core sex...
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Body Heat

1981
Warner Bros.
Archetypal film noirs like The Postman Always Rings Twice were steeped in sex but kept the...
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The Pink Panther

1964
United Artists
A chameleon by nature, Peter Sellers had been turning in inspired comic performances...
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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

1966
Warner Bros.
Writer-director Mike Nichols, then known for broadway comedies and his satirical...
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Marnie

1964
Universal
Sometimes considered the first sign of Alfred Hitchcock’s late career diminishing returns, this glossy adaptation...
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Cleopatra

1963
20th Century Fox
There’s never been anything quite like it, before or since. Years in the making and...
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The Days of Wine and Roses

1962
Warner Bros.
J.P. Miller’s grueling 1958 Playhouse 90 teleplay was brought to...
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Vertigo

1958
Paramount
“Hitchcock’s masterpiece to date and one of the four or five most profound and beautiful...
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Paperhouse

1989
Vestron Pictures
An ailing schoolgirl’s sketches become disturbingly real in her dreams. THF Guru Bernard Rose’s debut...
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Women In Love

1970
United Artists
Oliver Reed (who was once considered to replace Sean Connery as James Bond)...
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Brokeback Mountain

2005
Focus Features
Set in 1963, Ang Lee’s acclaimed multi-award winning drama about a rodeo cowboy and...
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Bus Stop

20th Century Fox
Marilyn Monroe’s first screen performance after studying with Lee Strasberg at the Actor’s Studio...
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Splendor in the Grass

1961
Warner Bros.
Actor Andrew Duggan was Warner Bros.’ go-to guy for folksy 60s voiceovers,...
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The Dead

1987
Vestron Pictures
John Huston didn’t live to see his final film released, but it’s one of...
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The Boy Friend

1971
MGM
Set on the French Riviera during the roaring 20’s, Sandy Wilson’s smash 1954...
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Mad Max 2, The Road Warrior

1982
Warner Bros.
Mad Max returns to his post-apocalyptic junkyard future to scavenge...
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The Lair of the White Worm

1988
Vestron Pictures
Bram Stoker gets the Ken Russell treatment in this arch,...
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Bigger Than Life

1956
20th Century Fox
Nicholas Ray’s corruscating portrait of suburban American family hell even outdoes Douglas Sirk,...
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Putney Swope

1969
Cinema V
Before Robert Downey Jr. there was … Robert Downey Sr. (A Prince)! This was...
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The Apartment

1960
United Artists
One of the great romantic movies and one of Billy Wilder’s biggest hits. Fred...
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Robocop

1987
Orion
It’s hard to fathom the concept that there’s a remake of this in the works,...
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Two For the Road

1967
20th Century Fox
Well, Emma Thompson may not like Audrey Hepburn but we sure do....
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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

1962
Warner Bros.
One of the most influential movies of the 1960s, Robert Aldrich’s...
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Reflections in a Golden Eye

1967
Warner Bros.
Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift both wanted to play the lead...
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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

1970
United Artists
Billy Wilder’s elegant take on Conan Doyle’s enduring sleuth never...
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The Haunting

1963
MGM
The subtle terror techniques that Robert Wise learned from his mentor Val Lewton are...
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Imitation of Life

1959
Universal
Fannie Hurst’s four-hankie bestseller had been filmed before in 1934, but Douglas Sirk’s...
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Bad Day at Black Rock

1955
MGM
John Sturges’ formalist masterpiece is also a progressive studio movie confronting...
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