The third and concluding part of our blog to undercover the best ever film directors continues with David Cronenberg. So far, our list includes mainly American filmmakers and the dominance of Hollywood probably is responsible for this. However, we have also seen that countries such as Iran and Japan have also great directors that are making fabulous films. Great Britain should also not be underrated and in this blog, we also take a look at the work of Terence Davies.
David Cronenberg has been making films for over forty years and today his method of film direction is still cutting edge. He came to the world’s attention in 1996 with Crash, the unusual topic of people getting sexual gratification from car crashes stunned audiences around the world. Another of Cronenberg’s massive successes was eXistenZ which is a movie about a virtual reality game that inspires a fan to attempt to kill its creator. In parts it was a dark film that explored the implications of creating virtual worlds.
The first British film director to make it on our list is Terence Davies, his films are bold and he has a reputation for being highly uncompromising, but he also makes films that are ironic and have great cinematic vision. Among his works are the movies Distant Voices, The Long Day Closes and Still Lives. Although more recently the output of Terence Davies has not been good this is not because of his obvious talent and more a case of the film industry today being highly cut-throat. However, The House of Mirth has kept him on the cinematic world stage and proves just how great at directing Davies actually is.
It is pretty much recognized that the world of film directing is pretty much a male dominated environment. But Lynne Ramsey upsets the apple cart as she is the first female director that we have highlighted in our blog. Her film Ratcatcher is a sensitive expose of the binman strikes in Glasgow in the 1970’s and tells the emotional tale of the accidental death of a young teenager. Her second and highly acclaimed film was Morvern Callar which has become almost a modern-day classic. Also set in Glasgow, the film starts with the suicide of the heroine’s boyfriend who invents incredible stories up about his disappearance.
Bela Tarr has announced himself on the world cinema scene with a loud shout. The talented Hungarian director was almost unheard of a couple of years ago and his work was mostly obscure. But today there have been comparisons drawn with him and the legendary Andrei Tarkovsky.
Tarr’s direction is in the most filmed in long, ponderous and slow single takes with one camera. And his most successful movies to date are Werckmeister Harmonies and Satantango. A great deal of his work has achieved a cult following which has catapulted Tarr into the spotlight, and a popular director to show at world film festivals. We close our look into the world of film directors with Bela Tarr and there is no doubt that their work will be forever the legacy of their great skill.