159 Great Directors: John Boorman

“Filmmaking is inventing impossible problems for yourself and then failing to solve them.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Deliverance + Point Blank.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Does Zardoz count?

What Did I Watch: Hope and Glory.

Where Does He Fit: Hope and Glory is a kids’ film, to a point where it might be slightly detrimental. On the other hand, everything that makes it so childish is also what keeps it so tonally consistent, and there is no breaking the bubble of childish perception in this even when we go watch the older sister do the jitterbug in a dance hall. Everything is slightly exaggerated, like how Americans visualize Britain, but the women rioting over the parachute silk is rooted in truth and practicality. Also, practical effects have never been more missed, as when Boorman staged an entire bombing sequence over an airport runway. Incredible ending helps.


Most Valuable Asset: Not sure. Craziness of life?
Most Excited For: Point Blank.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Sort of.

Coming Up Next: Chatty Spaniard Luis Garcia Berlanga.


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