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When Michael Mann decided to take on Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon", he was primarily known as the creator of TV's "Miami Vice". Few had heard of "Hannibal the Cannibal", William Peterson was an unknown actor and the title of the film was changed to Manhunter, out of fear that audiences would confuse it with Michael Cinimo's Year of the Dragon. What a difference 20 years makes.
Without question the first director to take on the title of The Master of Suspense after the Master himself was Roman Polanski. This man, with his flamboyantly directed and utterly unpredictable filmography, continues to surprise with the unusual subject matter he chooses and the interesting approaches he takes. Only Polanski's career includes Shakespeare, Dickens, a big budget pirate movie without Johnny Depp and an offbeat supernatural thriller with Johnny Depp!
The word "class" can't be easily used to describe the various denizens and filmmakers who frequent Hollywood. In fact, "classy" is a term that rarely applies to modern day films in general. Yet director Anthony Minghella continues to exude both class behind the camera and manages to helm some of the classiest films of the past 15 years.
We're starting up a new weekly feature every Thursday - Director Spotlight. Each week a new director will be highlighted and his achievements discussed, all comprised into one encompassing article written by Barry Wurst. Interviews with the director and much more will all be implemented soon!
Few American filmmakers are as deft at blending the beautiful with the grotesque as vividly as David Lynch. Truly, the remarkable body of work Mr. Lynch has crafted over the years shows a visual and thematic consistency - Lynch explores the hidden side of Americana and shows the bafflingly mysterious and truly frightening secrets that lie barely beneath the surface.