Alan Stanbrook, 1938-2014

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In March 1984, when The Economist expanded its books section to include coverage of the arts under the name Books Plus, Alan Stanbrook was just the man for the job. He had joined the paper in 1975 as a financial writer. But his life’s passion, discovered while doing a year of National Service before going up to Oxford, was film. He began freelancing for Films and Filming, squeezing in screenings whenever he had a spare moment. He developed a particular liking, long before it was fashionable, for Asian cinema and was a regular visitor to the popular Busan film festival in South Korea. He kept meticulous notes and never forgot a film. Reviewing “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998, he was able in less than an hour to produce an elegant history of great Hollywood war films going right back to “All Quiet on the Western Front” and its much better second-world-war equivalent, “A Walk in the Sun”. He had seen them all.

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