Sunday, January 03, 2010
Auteur Watch - Claude Zidi
Well, I personally can't think of a more perfect way to end this year of auteurs than with one of the men responsible for James Cameron's 1994 effort, True Lies. Hard to say which decade is his favorite; they do all tend to meld together in France. Moving up quickly through the ranks after being a camera operator, his greatest gift was in his ability as a writer / director... of his OWN material, of course! No, again, the best way to look at it, at least, from our limited American perspective, is in terms of the pre-Cameron period and the post-Cameron period. Surely the post-Cameron period was more enjoyable, moving up to big budget fare like 1999's Asterix et Obelix? But he's the kind of guy to start franchises, not finish them... unless they're his own, like Ripoux 3. Yes, even if it takes you 20 years, some stories are worth telling, to the bitter end.