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CDA: Carl Reiner

This one made me sad. What a treasure he was, and what a mitzvah to the whole world that he lived as long as he did. He was one of the pioneers of the early days of television, we should all be grateful to him.

I'll give you two clips, one early and one late. The early one is a clip from *The Dick Van Dyke Show.* The bit with the phone was an ad lib.

And here's his first scene in *Ocean's 11:*

And hell, why not, one more. This is the Bellaggio fountains scene from *Ocean's 11.* This always makes me cry. The use of Debussy's "Clair de lune" is sublime. It was brilliant to start the scene with the piano version and then (when they get to the fountains) transition to the soupy orchestral version.

Obviously someone had to be the last to walk away. It's always been profoundly moving to me that they chose Reiner for that.

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