One of the best movie critics ever sadly passed away yesterday, aged 83. Barry Norman, host of the BBC Film series before it was taken over by celebrities rather than critics, was instrumental to my love of film criticism and is in a large part why I have this blog today. I didn’t always agree with his opinions BUT the way he delivered them, the knowledge and depth that went into them was peerless.
Film critic Mark Kermode: “Watching Barry Norman review films was a pleasure, an education, and an inspiration. Wit, knowledge & wry enthusiasm. He was the Master.”
Jonathan Ross, who took Norman’s place as the BBC programme’s presenter, said on Twitter: “Very sad to hear that Barry Norman has left us. A great critic and a lovely, lovely man.”
Stephen Fry tweeted: ‘Sad to hear of Barry Norman’s departure. A film critic and a provider of fine pickled onions. That’s a good life.’
Gone but never forgotten.