Hello Film Doctor friends.
The first nine days of August seem to have been rather exciting for UK cinema-goers – offering a vast array of Summer blockbusters and alternative art-house pieces (e.g. last week’s Fun Fridays feature, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives”).
Here are his influences:
- “Duck, You Sucker!” (1971, dir. Sergio Leone) – “That’s a film that, when I was really young, I snuck into a theater and saw, and it’s just one of those ‘Wizard of Oz’-type movies where I was age inappropriate and I was invited into this world.” (G. Verbinsky for Drew Taylor, 2012, Indiewire.com/theplaylist)
- “Once Upon A Time in the West” (1968, dir. Sergio Leone) – “I’ve always loved Leone’s cinematic language and use of extreme close-ups”
- “Cat Ballou” (1965, dir. Elliot Silverstein)
- “Charly” (1968, dir. Ralph Nelson) – “Identity quest […]”Falling in and out and discovering who you are.”
- “The Passenger” (1975, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni) – ‘The Passenger’ has a little more of pretending and the puppet that can’t escape the strings. People create avatars but there’s blowback; you aren’t completely liberated by assuming that alternate identity.
- “Chinatown” (1974, dir. Roman Polanski)
- “The Wild Bunch” (1969, dir. Sam Peckinpah) – “A post-modern western […] worlds getting more complicated. The silhouette of the man on the street with the gun on your hip, and then came disillusionment; the horizon got cluttered and the silhouette got harder to define. […] I think people imagine going back to a time when they knew who they were and they knew what the circumstances were – if you screwed up it was your fault. Now it’s like, ‘What do you mean the stock market’s crashed? I had nothing to do with that.’ People are at a loss for understanding. So I like those kind of stories, the post-modern western where things have evolved and the individual is no longer in control.” (G. Verbinsky for Drew Taylor, 2012, Indiewire.com/theplaylist)
- “Pursued” (1947, dir. Raoul Walsh)
- “Being There” (1979, dir. Hal Ashby)
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