Monday, April 07, 2008

Charlton Heston

The great Charlton Heston passed away over the weekend. He will be missed.

If there's any genre that I will forever remember Charlton Heston for, it's in fantasy and science fiction. "Planet of the Apes", "Soylent Green", "Omega Man"... but to these I would also add "Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur", surely ranking among the best of fantasy films despite their origins.

I cried during the leper colony scene of "Ben-Hur". No actor can get me to do that with just a gesture (Judah Ben-Hur clinging against the rock, hiding from his mother and sister.) Awesome!

His films will always be with us.

Charlton Heston died of complications from Alzheimers. He was 84.