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Nicolas Roeg

#1 Post by Scharphedin2 » Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:14 pm

Nicolas Roeg (1928- )

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I remember when we were in between houses, I was
staying in a flat without my books and things around me.
I'd pace around and I couldn't think. With your objects
around you you can open a book, look at it again, and be
reminded of your life. That's how the cinema works: it's
like leafing through a book of disparate images that make
up the story.

~ Nicolas Roeg
(interview with Al Alvarez, Interview, 1988)


Filmography

Performance (Co-directed with Donald Cammell, 1970) Warner (R1) / Warner (R2 UK)

Walkabout (1971) Criterion (R1) / Universal (R2 UK) / MC One (R2 DE)

Don't Look Now (1973) Paramount (R1) / Optimum Releasing (R2 UK) / Studio Canal (R2 FR) / Kinowelt (R2 DE) / Universal (R4 AU)

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) Criterion (R1) / Anchor Bay (R1) / Optimum Releasing (R2 UK) / Warner (R2 UK)

Bad Timing (1980) Criterion (R1) / Network (R2 UK) / Carlton (R2 UK) - also included in 3 Classic Cult Thrillers Box

Eureka (1984) MGM (R1) / MGM (R2 UK)

Insignificance (1985) Artisan (R1) / Criterion (R1) - tba / Network (R2 UK)

Castaway (1986)

Aria (segment, 1988) Image Entertainment (R1)

Track 29 (1988) Anchor Bay (R2 UK)

Sweet Bird of Youth (TV, 1989) Goldhil Home Media (R1)

The Witches (1990) HBO (R1) / Warner Brothers (R2 UK)

Cold Heaven (1991)

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV episode, 1993)

Heart of Darkness (TV, 1994)

Hotel Paradise (1995)

Two Deaths (1995) Fox Lorber (R1)

Full Body Massage (TV, 1995)

Samson and Delilah (TV, 1996) Warner (R1) also included in The Bible Collection

The Sound of Claudia Schiffer (2000)

Puffball (2007)

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deception - segment Paris (video, 2007)


General Discussion

Nicolas Roeg on DVD

Petulia - Cinematography by Roeg


Recommended Web Resources

Bright Lights Film Journal - Two Deaths - by Gary Morris (March, 1997)

Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media & Culture - Unfixing the subject: viewing Bad Timing -  Article by David Silverman (vol. 5, no. 1, 1991)

Film and Philosophy, Volume II - The Self and the Other in Roeg's Eureka and Sartre's Being and Nothingness -  by Cynthia Baron

Jump Cut - Performance. Walkabout. Don't Look Now. Nicholas Roeg: Permutations without profundity -  by Chuck Kleinhans (Jump Cut, no. 3, 1974)

The Real Paper - Interview with Roeg by Gerald Peary (October 23, 1980)

Screenonline - Career overview with synopses of key films by Neil Sinyard

Senses of Cinema - Profile on Roeg by Lee Hill

Senses of Cinema - by Justine Kelly

Senses of Cinema - What's Been Puzzling You is the Nature of My Game - article on Performance by Adrian Danks

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Re: Nicolas Roeg

#2 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:06 pm

We are going to need to add the 1972 music documentary that caught the start of the long running Glastonbury music festival to Roeg's filmography. Glastonbury Fayre has just been released on DVD in Britain with a commentary with Roeg and a review here that clarifies the situation - apparently Roeg shot the film and did a rough cut then left to make Don't Look Now, whereupon it was finished by Peter Neal (who is credited as the only director involved on imdb). However I would take issue with with the packaging hyperbole that the film has been "unseen for over thirty years since its cinema release", since the BBC showed the film a few years ago as part of their warm ups for their annual Glastonbury coverage.

I also love the BBFC warning on the back of the DVD that the film "contains full frontal nudity and drug taking". It seems so obvious that it was a Nic Roeg film now! :wink:

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Re: Nicolas Roeg

#3 Post by antnield » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:25 am

Interview with Roeg from the Winter 1984/85 edition of Sight & Sound in which he discusses working with Truffaut on Fahrenheit 451.

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#4 Post by Robin Davies » Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:39 pm

There's a Nic Roeg season at the BFI Southbank in London next month.

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#5 Post by MichaelB » Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:28 am

There is indeed - and I've just uploaded a full 1080p HD trailer of Walkabout onto YouTube.

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#6 Post by Duncan Hopper » Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:40 am

He was there last night introducing 'Eureka'. Didn't have an awful lot to say about it, I don't think he remembers much.

Interesting to note that Jenny Agguter was in the audience watching the film as a punter.

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#7 Post by MichaelB » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:13 am

Duncan Hopper wrote:He was there last night introducing 'Eureka'. Didn't have an awful lot to say about it, I don't think he remembers much.
A shame - I once chaired an event involving producer Jeremy Thomas and editor Tony Lawson, and they had quite a bit to say about Eureka.

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#8 Post by Duncan Hopper » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:11 pm

Was that a few years ago at the Riverside studios? If it was, I remember the panel out numbering the 3 or 4 of us in the audience.

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#9 Post by MichaelB » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:19 pm

Oh come on, it was more than that! Not much more, granted, but those of us onstage were definitely in the minority.

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#10 Post by Robin Davies » Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:48 pm

Duncan Hopper wrote:Interesting to note that Jenny Agutter was in the audience watching the film as a punter.
She'll be discussing Walkabout after the screening this Saturday, along with Luc and Nic Roeg.
I thought this show would have sold out by now. There are still quite a few seats left.

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#11 Post by MichaelB » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:08 pm

It was a relatively late reschedule, so it's only just been announced.

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#12 Post by Alan Smithee » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:50 pm

I'm sad to hear Roeg not giving the old college try when discussing Eureka. It's a film that's charlie sheen crazy and it has some over the top acting but I think it's the last true Roeg film. Insignificance is honestly much better, tighter and enjoyable but contains none of the sexual obsession or uncomfortable violence that always kept the audience tittering between a profound reaction or nausea. It's a film that needs rehabilitation and he should be the first out there stumping for its merits.

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#13 Post by Robin Davies » Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:24 pm

MichaelB wrote:It was a relatively late reschedule, so it's only just been announced.
No, the reschedule was announced on the BFI website on or before the 28th January.

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#14 Post by MichaelB » Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:39 pm

Nic Roeg's participation was announced this week.

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#15 Post by Robin Davies » Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:05 am

MichaelB wrote:Nic Roeg's participation was announced this week.
Ah, I see.
I thought Jenny Agutter might be a bigger draw though!

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#16 Post by MichaelB » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:53 am

Roeg on Eureka, filmed during the 2 March event mentioned above.

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#17 Post by j99 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:30 pm

A Guardian interview about the current BFI retrospective.

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#18 Post by MichaelB » Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:00 pm

Walkabout has an unexpected fan.

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#20 Post by Robin Davies » Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:36 pm

I suppose John Simon is a useful negative barometer of film quality. The more he hates something the better it is.
Interview with Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg and Nicolas Roeg here.

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#21 Post by MichaelB » Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:25 pm

Robin Davies wrote:I suppose John Simon is a useful negative barometer of film quality. The more he hates something the better it is.
Wasn't Bruce Beresford's King David one of the only 1980s films that he unequivocally liked?

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#22 Post by Robin Davies » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:30 am

Does anyone know more about this mysterious entry on Amazon?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicolas-Roeg/dp ... 39&s=books" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
This is listed as a paperback book but then it says below:
"An new and exciting digital film project from one of the world's best-loved film-makers."

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Re: Nicolas Roeg

#23 Post by AnamorphicWidescreen » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:40 pm

As can be seen by my recent comments on Nicolas Roeg's films in the Criterion Collection Forum, I've recently been revisiting these. So, I'm not going to comment specifically on any of the ones I've already discussed.

I will say that it's unfortunate his post-1985 films (after Insignificance) have been, overall, unavailable on U.S. home video. Other than Track 29, Witches, Aria & The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (he directed a segment each of the latter two), I haven't seen any of his post-'85 work. For example, Cold Heaven, Castaway, Puffball, etc. are not available on Region 1 DVDs/Blu's.

Too bad, because I did want to see at least some of these films - despite the fact that most of them didn't get good reviews...

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#24 Post by Roger Ryan » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:22 am

As a fan of his, I'm sorry to say that COLD HEAVEN, FULL BODY MASSAGE and PUFFBALL are all pretty uninspired and drab (although the last one, which looks to be Roeg's last feature, has enough bizarre ideas to keep it from being completely forgettable). I have a soft spot for his TV adaptation of HEART OF DARKNESS which isn't entirely successful but demonstrates Roeg's unique touch on occasion.

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#25 Post by AnamorphicWidescreen » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:31 am

Roger Ryan wrote:As a fan of his, I'm sorry to say that COLD HEAVEN, FULL BODY MASSAGE and PUFFBALL are all pretty uninspired and drab (although the last one, which looks to be Roeg's last feature, has enough bizarre ideas to keep it from being completely forgettable). I have a soft spot for his TV adaptation of HEART OF DARKNESS which isn't entirely successful but demonstrates Roeg's unique touch on occasion.
Thanks - it sounds like I'm not missing much.

As I implied in an earlier post, I thought Roeg's Track 29 (1987) was a P.O.S. - one of the worst films I've ever seen. Not only poorly done, but illogical -
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i.e., the main character (T. Russell) thought that the Gary Oldman character was her long-lost son, but as it turns out he was a figment of her imagination. However, if he was a figment, how could he interact with the truck driver (who drove him into town) and her friend - both of whom saw him? What a crock. I guess the film implied that her imagination "created him" out of thin air, which is fairly ridiculous...


Witches (1990) was a mainstream, by the numbers kid's film - not bad, but not great either.

So, I'm not going to go out of my way to see Roeg's post-1990 films. If they're ever made available on R1 home video I may check them out, however. I doubt any are Criterion-worthy, but who knows?!....

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