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Thursday, 21 May, 1998, 15:15 GMT 16:15 UK
Cannes mourns Frank Sinatra
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Sinatra: one of the last from a golden age of multi-talented performers
The film world learned of the passing of one of Hollywood's biggest names as it gathered for its biggest festival of the year at the opulent resort - the Cannes Film Festival.

Martin Scorsese
Scorsese: "He was my idol"
Frank Sinatra appeared in hundreds of movies, including From Here to Eternity, which was in the official selection at Cannes in 1954.

"There will never be another him," said director Martin Scorsese, president of this year's jury.

"He was an idol to me as a great Italian-American actor and a great singer," the filmmaker said. "I'm very, very upset."

He noted Sinatra's acting in films like Some Came Running, Man with the Golden Arm, and From Here to Eternity.

The festival director, Gilles Jacob, expressed his sorrow and recalled Sinatra's skills as an actor capable of "tortured roles alternating with easy charm."

He said Frank Sinatra was part of the golden age of entertainers who could do everything: sing, move, dance, tap dance and act.

johnny depp
Johnny Depp: Sinatra was "uncompromising"
The American actor Johnny Depp called Sinatra "a very, a great uncompromising figure. A great uncompromising hero."

He added: "It's really sad. It's a huge loss. The chairman of the board."

Harvey Weinstein, co-chief of Miramax, said Sinatra "set the tone for America.

"He was one of the most romantic figures ever," he said. "Part of America died today."

Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam: "The man had no boundaries"
The director Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame, said it was "extraordinary, the range of things [Sinatra] did, from music to film to women. The man had no boundaries, that's what was impressive about him.

"He didn't seem to be particularly concerned about how people thought of him. He lived life as he chose to."

Festival organisers are expected to hold some kind of commemoration for Sinatra, but have not yet decided on the details.

See also:

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