Nicolas Roeg, the acclaimed British director behind titles like the adaptation of Roald Dahl. The witches, The man who fell to earth with David Bowie, and the provocative one. Do not look now, He died Friday night at the age of 90.
His son, Nicolas Roeg Jr., confirmed the news to the BBC. "He was a genuine father, he just turned 90 in August," he said.
Roeg was not trying to get ahead of his time. "This is my moment," he said. The Guardian in 2011. But he still became respected as one of the most original filmmakers in Britain.
Before ascending to the director's chair, Roeg made his name as director of photography, working on films such as Band of thieves Y Fahrenheit 451. He also gained experience working in the second unit of Lawrence of Arabia.
Roeg sent ripples throughout the Hollywood industry with his directorial debut, 1970 Performance, who co-directed with Donald Cammell. Marking the debut as an actor for Mick Jagger, the gangster thriller gave a dark twist to his original drafts with a story about a vicious gangster from London hiding in the house of a rock star after executing a messy murder. The film, which would continue to influence characters like Quentin Tarantino, was too provocative for Warner Bros. and, therefore, almost completely closed.
Roeg's follow-up was Walk, continuing its non-conventionality streak. The story centered on two stranded brothers in the Australian outback who met another child in the middle of a spiritual walk. Like many of Roeg's films, this would not gain initial success, but would receive more notoriety with age.
In homage to the filmmaker, Baby driver Y Shaun of the dead Helmer Edgar Wright put a focus on do not look now, The supernatural horror of Roeg in Venice, starring Donald Sutherland. "His films hypnotized me for years and still continue to intrigue," Wright wrote. "Along with the classics like Performance & Walkabout, I was able to see Don & # 39; t Look Now in a loop and never get tired of its complexities – a master of art."
"A filmography that is dazzling and fascinating," he added.
Roeg worked with the late David Bowie in the 1976s. The man who fell to earth, about an alien who descends to the earth in search of water to save his planet. Looking back on the title, said Roeg. The Guardian"I stopped at the rest area and it turned out to be a producer I knew." He said: "I saw The man who fell to earth last night. I always thought it was a piece of s-. And suddenly I have it, it's you, right? That Newton friend [Bowie’s character]. He is your Well, I just wanted to say that I was wrong. And I have a hard time saying that. "That was seven years after the movie premiere. The man who fell to earth It was a bad time, too. It came out almost at the same time as George Lucas's. "
Bowie's son, Warcraft Y Mute Director Duncan Jones also wrote a response to Roeg's death on social media, accompanied by a behind-the-scenes picture of his father with the filmmaker.
"What an incredible job he has left us!" Wrote Jones. "All my love to your family. "Thank you for taking so many courageous decisions and for giving this strange boy in pajamas a constant love for the movies."
For those who are not familiar with Roeg's great filmography, The witches, starring Anjelica Huston as Dahl's delightfully evil character, is probably her best-known work. In response to the news of a modern Hollywood remake, Huston told EW that Roeg "did the ultimate Bruges. "
The filmmaker made a famous filming of two endings of the film, one that honored the original ending of the book and another that took liberties by presenting a good witch to change Luke back into a child. Dahl scorned the ending that finally came to the movie, according to his widow, Felicity.
"Nic Roeg showed us the first ending, and Roald had tears running down his cheeks, he was so happy," he said. The Telegraph. "But then he showed us the other one, and Roald said:" Take my name out of this thing, you've lost all the point of the book. " I've never seen him so upset. "That movie also won a lot of extra time.
Throughout his career, Roeg also directed Cold Sky, Two deaths, Puffball: The devil's eyeball, the documentary The movie that buys the cinema, and a portion of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deception.
"I do not look back on any movie I've done with love or pride," he said in 2013. "I looked back on my films, and in the past in general … I can only use the phrase:" Well, "I'm cursed."