(LONDON) – Nicolas Roeg, the prominent British film director known for making provocative films and working with rock stars Mick Jagger and David Bowie during a six-decade career, died. I was 90 years old.
The director of "Do not look now" and many other movies died on Friday night, his son, Nicolas Roeg Jr., told the British Press Association.
"He was a genuine father," said Roeg Jr. "I just turned 90 in August."
He did not provide details about his father's death during a brief telephone call.
Roeg worked with Jagger on "Performance" and Bowie on "The Man Who Fell to Earth." Bowie played an extraterrestrial that crashes on Earth in search of a way to save his own planet.
"Do not look now" by Roeg in 1973 is considered one of his most outstanding successes. He is also remembered for the realistic sex scene between the stars Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.
The last important Roeg movie was "The Witches", in 1990, starring Anjelica Huston.
The British Film Institute has named "Do not look now" and "Performance" as two of the best films in the survey of the 100 best films in Britain.
The institute paid tribute to Roeg in a tweet: "RIP to Nicolas Roeg, a pioneering force of cinema that created some of the most shocking moments of beauty, terror and sadness that have ever been seen. A really great if there was ever one. "
He made his way in the direction after winning the acclaim as director of photography. He began his career as an editing apprentice in 1947, among his functions was serving tea.
He said he could not understand how anyone could become a director without first working in cinematography.
Roeg did not believe in meticulous planning when it came to scripts and filming programs, preferring to give space to maneuver and improvise as necessary. He liked to say that God laughed at people who made too many elaborate plans.
"I filmed many things," he once said in an interview for the book "Talking Movies." I think it's probably because I have not been to film school. Things work by themselves. "You have lost the theme of the show, the amusement park vendor, the interior aspect of the cinema when you try to plan everything for the audience."
Roeg, who was born in London, worked on several famous films, including "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Fahrenheit 451", before joining the ranks of directors in 1970.
Roeg was married three times and had six children.