By now, most of you heard that Leslie Nielsen died. One of the all-time great comedic performers. But you may not have heard about Irvin Kershner’s death. Kershner was an old-hand when he took the reigns of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in the early 80s. This is without doubt the greatest film in the Star Wars franchise.

And for those with a keen eye, you’ll recognize that Empire is also a terrific Noir — a jaded hero, double crosses, and the bad guys win. Not surprising since Kershner also directed the classic STAKEOUT ON DOPE STREET in the ’50s about some hooligans who find a heroin stash.

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