Director Alan Parker on the making of Fame

The award-winning director reminisces about the making of Fame, the 1980 film which won two Oscars, spawned a hit television series... and inspired a worldwide craze for legwarmers.

Having had some success with my previous film Midnight Express I was suddenly inundated with Hollywood scripts. (What my mentor Fred Zinnemann called “the first bounce when you’re hot”. When you get less hot in Hollywood you receive scripts on their fourth and fifth bounce —the scripts arrive covered in other directors’ fingerprints.) Alan Marshall and I found ourselves in Los Angeles at a pool room bar called Barney’s Beanery where, killing time before a meeting, we read two of the scripts on offer: Hot Lunch by Christopher Gore and Armyan Bernstein’s excellent One from the Heart.


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