79 Great Directors: Nicolas Roeg

” I shoot a lot of stuff. I think that’s probably come from not having gone to film school. Things work themselves out. You’ve lost the showmanship thing, the fairground barker, come-see-what’s-inside aspect of filmmaking when you try to plan everything for the audience.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: Performance.

Where Does He Fit: Performance is a state of mind, one of razor sharp edits and gleaming colors that turns into a stream of meaningless badinage about the state of the world. The British gangster world has more life here than Guy Ritchie could conjure up in his whole career, and the threats and intimidation collide headfirst with the front man of the Rolling Stones in all his freakout splendor. Art is all about sensory pleasures, and Roeg has conjured up plenty with the help of his stoned co-director. How do the roles we play matter in a world as mad and acidic as this?


Most Valuable Asset: Crazy camera colors and edits.
Most Excited For: Don’t Look Now.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Seems likely? Want to see more.

Coming Up Next: Cruel Dane Lars von Trier.


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