Nicolas Roeg, one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, most known for creating Don’t Look Now as well as The Man Who Fell to Earth, has tragically passed away at 90-years-old due to unspecified reasons.
His son, Nicolas Roeg Junior, revealed the news with a short note, referring to his father as a “genuine dad.” Roeg Junior confirmed that his father just had his 90th birthday in August, surrounded by friends and family.
Nicolas’ 1973 classic, Don’t Look Now, has gone down in history as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, as well as one of the most contentious and controversial for a couple of different reasons: 1: the sex scene, and 2: the disturbing nature and twist ending.
Farewell to the extraordinary cinematic talent, director Nicolas Roeg. His films hypnotized me for years and still continue to intrigue. Along with classics like Performance & Walkabout, I could watch Don't Look Now on a loop & never tire of its intricacies. A master of the art. pic.twitter.com/fXB7GPwOL9
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 24, 2018
Starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, the two Hollywood legends portray a married couple getting over the death of their child. It’s an adaption of the short story written by Daphne Du Maurier.
Years after the movie was released, critics still talked about the sex scene as well as the twist ending in the film’s finale. The 1973 film is known for its scene of cunnilingus between Donald and Julie’s characters.
Christie, in an interview, said that the scene was completely unique for that period in the entertainment business. In fact, filming was quite awkward because there was nothing else to take inspiration from; it was totally novel for mainstream cinema.
For decades, the movie sparked controversy, however, it paved the way for the future of films, which have subsequently allowed for greater freedom of expression. Another movie to face censorship and controversy for a similar scene was 1999’s Boy’s Don’t Cry.
Despite the Hillary Swank-led film coming out over thirty years later, the scene between Hillary’s character and the other protagonist caused quite the stir. However, the movie was years ahead of its time.
Don’t Look Now has been cited by many filmmakers as a massive influence on their own skills and ways of understanding movies as an art form. Steven Soderbergh, Christopher Nolan, and Danny Boyle have all referred to Roeg as one of the greatest directors, and one from which they took much inspiration.