Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by Ricky » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:42 am

Sad news indeed! An integral part of Batman history. Rest in peace!

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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by Ben Bentley » Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:14 am

Rest in peace, Lorenzo. You will be missed.

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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by Dynamic Duo » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:22 pm

He and William Dozier are directly responsible for us even having this forum.....he was a TV legend and pioneer, and I'm sure will be sorely missed by this community.

May his wonderful contribution to our lives be forever remembered, and may he rest in peace.
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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by Edward Nigma » Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:38 pm

For me, he was the key behind-the-scenes person that made the first season so wonderful. Without him to set and maintain the delicate balance between seriousness and satire that made the first season what it was, the show quickly deteriorated to the point where the third season felt like a different show.

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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by Sol » Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:09 pm

As many of you know, I'm sure, the late Mr. Semple was the screenwriter for the 1980 film "Flash Gordon". To those fans who live in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon you might want to consider seeing the stage musical FLASH AH-AHHH!, based on Mr. Semple's screenplay. I think most of the people in the audience have been fans of "Queen", as many of their songs have been cleverly worked into the plot. However, I am not a Queen fan (actually I'm not even much of a rock-n-roll fan), but as an appreciator of Lorenzo Semple's work and a lover of Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, I still had a great time. In fact, I saw it twice during their original three weekend run. Due to its success, they are having an encore performance at the Star Theater at NW 6th & Burnside at 8 pm on April 25th.

If you'd like to watch it on-line, the Stageworks Ink website has a video posted of the show in its entirety. But it pales in comparison to actually being there.

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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by AHTrois » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:09 am

[attachment=0]278346_10150250193922894_5090851_o.jpg[/attachment] Yup...virtually everything you saw on the Batman TV series and in the 1966 movie version---the onscreen comic blurbs in the fight sequences, the crooked camera angles during the villains' shots---Lorenzo was directly responsible for. When he departed the series after Season 2, a huge chunk of the show went with him. :?

Absent friends... :cry: :(
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Lorenzo's most crowning Bat-achievement: tendering the screenplay for the 1966 movie.

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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by John Mack » Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:42 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was so much a part of our life. The year "Never say never again" came out with Octopussy in competition, we saw "NSNA" as the much better better Bond flick. I can only say that his brand of genius will never be matched. Remember the good times. Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-channel......

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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by Gleeps, it's Batman » Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:28 am

Hedji wrote:I remember making the connection that he had penned both Batman and Flash Gordon, and thinking ahh, so that's why Flash Gordon was so much fun. Rest in Peace.
I see that Flash Gordon is listed for tonight at 8 pm Eastern on one of the free retro tv channels called Antenna TV.

Scott, that's so great that you were able to get that video with Mr Semple. Glad he knew that there were a lot of fans of his work out there.

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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by Sol » Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:25 pm

Sadly, for time, I imagine, Antenna TV cut one of my favorite and most dramatic scenes: On the Hawkmen sky city, Ming meets with Flash and offers him the Earth as his own kingdom.

SPOILER!

Flash refuses. Endlessly noble, he'd rather be blasted to smithereens than make such a deal with the devil.

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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by Gleeps, it's Batman » Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:43 pm

Oh wow, they cut the movie? Bummer. :( I believe it, though. I've seen Antenna TV make other cuts.

Thank you for pointing out what was missing in the movie. Sounds like a good scene. I'm afraid I've been too busy trying to clear space on the DVR to sit down and watch Flash Gordon yet.

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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by Progress Pigment » Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:46 pm

Flash Gordon(1980) bombed in the theater, but I noticed it picking up a cult following over the years, and now has a good reputation. I always thought it was great. 4 stars and 81% at Rotten Tomatoes is a bit of a coup. Consider Batman(1966) gets 4 stars & 79% while Batman(1989) gets 3 and a half stars 71%. :) Time often puts things in their proper perspective.
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Re: Rest in Peace Lorenzo Semple Jr

Post by BATWINGED HORNET » Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:18 am

Others have observed that Semple's contribution is underrated, and that is true. If anyone could be considered the second half of the brain behind the '66 series, it was Semple. Without him, I cannot imagine the series taking off to be that phenomenon of TV and comic adaptations.
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