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Happy Birthday Adrian Lyne!

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Today marks British director Adrian Lyne’s 76th birthday. He’s not the most prolific of folk but his arrival on the film scene along with that of Hugh Hudson, the Scott brothers and Alan Parker marked a new era in moviemaking – out of the world of advertising and into narrative proper. He and Tony Scott in particular revolutionised the way light was utilised and are responsible for how movies look now. He tells the story of getting a call from Stanley Kubrick asking what kind of filter he used in a particular commercial. Style without substance is pretty pointless though and Lyne has always had his finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist with an attraction to particularly troublesome stories, like Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal, not to mention another take on Lolita which Kubrick had seemingly made his own. He is also noted for his sensual approach to material and especially his avocation of female power and he always gives actresses space to create interesting performances:  what about Jennifer Beals in Flashdance? Or Elizabeth Pena in Jacob’s Ladder? And Kim Basinger is the sexiest woman ever in 9 1/2 Weeks. He uses contemporary music brilliantly, connecting it perfectly with his protagonists’ lives. I wish he would do more. His last movie was a remake of Claude Chabrol’s La femme infidele and it gave Diane Lane a marvellous role, transposed to modern NYC. Nowadays he seems to spend most of his time in the South of France. I’ve written a lurid, pervy novella (Seahorse/Hippocampe) set there and I’d love to see what he could do with it.  He could direct it from his front room. Yo, Adrian!

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2 responses to “Happy Birthday Adrian Lyne!

  1. This is one of my favourite directors. I consider him as an underrated genius of a sort. Jacob’s Ladder was a masterpiece, and I still don’t understand why ppl had problems with Indecent Proposal and Nine and a Half Weeks. Great movies!

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