Egyptian Theatre
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Thu, Jan 17, 2019 - Sun, Jan 20, 2019
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NICOLAS ROEG REMEMBERED
Co-presented with BAFTA Los Angeles

A film career seemed inevitable for Nicolas Roeg (August 15, 1928 – November 23, 2018) as he up across the street from Marylebone Studios in London. Working his way up through the Marylebone camera department, by the 1960s he was shooting film for such British directors as David Lean (including a second-unit cinematography stint on LAWRENCE OF ARABIA), John Schlesinger and Richard Lester. With 1970’s PERFORMANCE, Roeg’s focus began to shift as he shared directorial duties with writer Donald Cammell on the enigmatic tale of a reclusive rock star’s dalliance with a gangster on the run.

WALKABOUT was the first film solely credited to director Roeg, and it established him as a filmmaker with a strong visual style and an attraction to offbeat stories and outsiders – in this case, a pair of children who encounter an Aboriginal boy in the Australian Outback. Perhaps most significant was his use of cross-cutting to flash through time and location; Roeg’s ability to apply non-linear twists to narrative would influence a generation of directors including Steven Soderbergh and Christopher Nolan. His impressionistic, disjointed approach would elevate follow-ups DON’T LOOK NOW and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH from mere thriller and sci-fi fare into classics.

BAD TIMING introduced Roeg to actress Theresa Russell, who would marry the director in 1982 and became a frequent presence in his films, from the scheming daughter of a prospector (EUREKA) to a doctor’s unfaithful wife (COLD HEAVEN) to legendary actress Marilyn Monroe (INSIGNIFICANCE). Strong female protagonists were a hallmark of the filmmaker’s later work, Anjelica Huston’s performance as the villainess of THE WITCHES being one outstanding example. In recognition of his stature as one of the British film industry’s greatest visionaries, Nicolas Roeg was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, but the physical, spiritual and emotional terrain of his cinema continues to transcend borders.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Egyptian TheatreThu, Jan 17, 2019 - Sun, Jan 20, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Cinematographer Tony Richmond In Person!
Thu, Jan 17, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Anjelica Huston In Person!
Fri, Jan 18, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Cinematographer Tony Richmond In Person!
Sat, Jan 19, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Theresa Russell In Person!
Sun, Jan 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
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