• David Watkin (1925-2008) - Oscar-winning cinematographer of Out of Africa. He also shot the Beatles movie Help! and the John Lennon film How I Won the War, both directed by Richard Lester, for whom he also worked on Robin and Marian, The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers. He also was the cinematographer for Catch-22, Chariots of Fire, Moonstruck, Memphis Belle, This Boy's Life, Yentl, Return to Oz, White Nights and the opening sequence of Goldfinger. He shot Sidney Lumet's Gloria, Critical Care and Night Falls on Manhattan and Zeffirelli's Hamlet, Jane Eyre, Tea With Mussolini and Endless Love. He died February 19 in Sussex Mews, Brighton, England. (Telegraph)
  • Barry Barclay (1944-2008) - Maori filmmaker who directed Sam Neill in 1975's Ashes, which was based on the work of T.S. Eliot. He also directed Ngati and wrote and directed The Feathers of Peace. He died after suffering a stroke February 17, in Omapere, New Zealand. (Variety)
  • Natalya Bessmertnova (1941-2008) - Legendary Russian dancer who was a member of the Bolshoi Ballet. She can be seen in the Soviet ballet films The Secret of Success (aka Bolshoi Ballet '67), Giselle, Ivan the Terrible and Spartakus, as well as other in other video-captured performances of Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. She died of kidney failure February 19, in Moscow. (UPI)
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