John W. Bloch, film and television writer, director and teacher, died Friday in Los Angeles after a long fight with emphysema.He wrote almost 400 teleplays and founded the Writers Guild Open Door Screenwriting Program. He was Academy Chair for Screenwriting at AFI for 12 years and taught extensively in Europe. Memorial services will be held at noon today at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary Chapel, 1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles.
* * *Roz Midler Roz Midler, a television commercial production coordinator, died Friday in a car accident in Santa Rosa. She was 40. She worked freelance for companies such as Bassinson Prods., Harmony Pictures , Elite Films and Robert Celecia & Associates. She is survived by her parents and a sister. Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday at Mount Sinai, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to AIDS Project Los Angeles or the American Cancer Society.
* * *Ely A. Landau Ely A. Landau, an award-winning television and film producer whose credits include the Katharine Hepburn film “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” died Thursday of complications following a stroke. He was 73. Landau died at Midway Hospital, where he had been hospitalized for about a week, said family friend Martin Roberts. In 1953, he organized National Telefilm Associates, a television film distribution company that launched the series “Play of the Week.” Landau won a Peabody Award as the producer of the series, which adapted theatrical productions for TV. In the 1960s, Landau began producing feature films. His first two projects were movies starring Katharine Hepburn –“Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in 1962 and “The Madwoman of Chaillot” in 1969. In 1973, he created the American Film Theatre subscription service, which brought stage plays to the silver screen, including “The Iceman Cometh” and “The Homecoming” in 1973, and “The Man in the Glass Booth” and “Galileo” in 1975. Landau is survived by his wife, two daughters, three sons, three sisters and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Georges Dancigers Georges Dancigers, veteran French film producer and co-founder of Les Films Ariane, died of natural causes in Paris Nov. 1. He was 85. In 1945, Dancigers co-founded Les Films Ariane with fellow producer Alexandre Mnouchkine. Over the next 38 years, the duo turned out a string of popular films , ranging from the classic “Fanfan la Tulipe” (1951), starring Gerard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida, to Philipe de Broca’s “L’Homme de Rio” (1963). Les Films Ariane established itself as one of France’s major production companies. Dancigers was known for a slate of tough-guy action/adventures, often starring Lino Ventura (“L’Emmerdeur”) or Jean-Paul Belmondo (“Le Marginal”). Survived by his wife and three daughters.
* * *Earl Shendell Jazz musician Earl Shendell, 76, died Nov. 1 after a brief illness. He was a jazz all-star in 1947 and played the clarinet in bands with Tito Puente, Andy Kirk and Count Basie. He was associate producer, general manager, company manager or music coordinator for such shows as “Ain’t Misbehavin,””The Wiz,””Beatlemania,””King of Hearts,””Brigadoon” and “Bette Midler’s Clams on the Half Shell.” He was involved with the production of soundtracks for such films as “Arthur, “”Mishima,””Hair,””Manhattan,””Zelig” and “Stardust Memories.” He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.
* * *Jose Luis Guarner Jose Luis Guarner, 56, veteran film critic, author, scripter and director of the now-defunct Barcelona Film Festival, died of cancer in Barcelona on Thursday. Guarner started writing about cinema in such mags as Film Ideal and Nuevos Fotogramas and the British publication Movies in the 1960s. Later he was film critic for Barcelona’s largest daily, La Vanguardia, and contributed to the Catalan cinema section of the Intl. Film Guide (now published by Variety). In 1959, together with Jose Maria Otero, he founded the Barcelona Film Festival (at the time known as the Week of Color Films), which, under the Franco regime, unspooled countless films otherwise banned in Spain. Among Guarner’s many film books are “30 Years of Spanish Cinema,””Roberto Rossellini,””Pier Paolo Pasolini,””Luchino Visconti” and “Death and Transfiguration.” He is survived by his wife.
* * *Lauren Meyer Lauren Meyer, wife of writer-director Nicholas Meyer, died Friday. A memorial service will be held Dec. 12. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Breast Cancer Research Fund, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1420 San Pablo St., PMB Room C100, Los Angeles.