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I like to think I perhaps brightened his day on occasion as well. Maybe there was a mutual appreciation; I’m not quite sure. All I know is that learning of his passing this morning (he died at age 77 after an illness), I feel a great sense of loss. All fans of old-fashioned, unironic, no-nonsense genre filmmaking should too.

Winner, the British-born director turned culinary know-it-all (he enjoyed a second career as a celebrity food critic in London with the Sunday Times column “Winner’s Dinners”), forged his sensibilities in his homeland on everything from sex comedies to social satires, but it wasn’t until he began making American genre films in the 1970s that his name became synonymous with controversy. That, of course, primarily stemmed from his legendary and highly influential 1974 vigilante thriller Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson as architect Paul Kersey, who, after his family is viciously assaulted and his wife murdered, »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Chris Alexander)

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