Richard C. Sarafian, Hollywood Director, Dies At 83

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)

7 and concludes Sunday, Dec. 22. The 21 stakes have a worth of $4 million with the $750,000 CashCall Futurity for 2-year-olds the richest to be offered. “We are very grateful for Mr. Reddam and CashCall’s sponsorship through the years and believe the Futurity will again be an important step on the road to the Triple Crown,” said Martin Panza, Hollywood Park’s vice president-racing and racing secretary. “We’re looking forward to an exciting final season.” Along with the Futurity other significant stakes will be the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 1/2 miles on Saturday, Dec. 14, the $500,000 Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday, Dec. 7 and the $250,000 Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles on the turf to be run Sunday, Dec. 1. Inaugural Homecoming Classic has solid field Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned will take on six challengers in his final race before he defends his title in five weeks at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old, trained by Ian Wilkes, headlines the inaugural running of the $175,000 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday night. Get the Miami Herald’s Sports News VIA EMAIL Join the Discussion The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what’s in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

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You just hope, like everything, that you blow the audience a few kisses and try to fulfill your vision of what its about . . . freedom, an endless road and let the cards fall where they may. In Quentin Tarantinos Death Proof, the director gave Mr. Sarafian a special thanks credit, a bow to the influence of Vanishing Point. In 1997, the Scottish rock band Primal Scream paid tribute to Mr. Sarafian by naming an album Vanishing Point. Its always been a favorite of the band, leader Bobby Gillespie explained. We love the air of paranoia and speed-freak righteousness. In the film, ex-cop, ex-racer and Vietnam vet Kowalski, played by Barry Newman, bets his drug dealer he can deliver a supercharged 1970 Dodge Challenger to California in 15 hours. The reasons for the wager are unclear, but it triggers 90 minutes worth of screaming police cruisers and an excited, crash-by-crash radio narration by Super Soul, a blind disc jockey played by Cleavon Little. Kowalski also encounters desert hippies, a rattlesnake wrangler and an alluring, naked blond woman on a motorcycle. Critics panned the movie, but Mr. Sarafian was undeterred. The beauty of Vanishing Point was that I met the challenge to physicalize speed, he told Turner Classic Movies. The son of Armenian immigrants, Richard Caspar Sarafian was born April 28, 1930, in New York City. He attended New York University but was a rotten student, he told the Armenian Reporter in 2008, until he took a course in film writing and directing: I got an A! Serving during the Korean War as a reporter for an Army news service, he was stationed for a time in Kansas City, Mo., where he met future Hollywood director Robert Altman.