Film Directors on Directing

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Adrian Lyne
Adrian Lyne Fatal Attraction became one of the indisputable film sensations of 1987. The Stanley Jaffe-Sherry Lansing production, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, grossed over $150 million in rentals in its first year of release, copped a Time magazine cover with the headline "The Thriller is Back," and earned Lyne an Academy Award nomination as Best Director. Lyne eschewed the ultra-slick style of his earlier Flashdance ( 1983) and 9 1/2 Weeks ( 1986) for a more realistic look at the sexual machinations of a philandering husband and the nightmarish results of his affair with a psychotic. Lyne was born in Peterborough, England, raised in London, and attended the Highgate School. He worked for the J. Walter Thompson Agency in London, directed award-winning TV commercials (which he continues to direct), and made two short films, The Table and Mr. Smith, which were official entries in the London Film Festival. Foxes ( 1980) marked his feature directing debut, a critically well-received drama about teenagers in Southern California, but it was the smash hit Flashdance that established Lyne as one of the hottest directors in Hollywood. His next film 9 1/2 Weeks was a sexually charged psycho-drama, based on the Elizabeth McNeill novel, with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. While disappointing at the U.S. box-office, it performed well overseas and went on to become a huge homevideo success in America.The following interview was conducted in September 1987, the week before Fatal Attraction opened in New York.
FILMOGRAPHY
Foxes ( 1980, United Artists). HV: Key.
Flashdance ( 1983, Paramount). HV: Paramount.
9 1/2 Weeks ( 1986, MGM/United Artists). HV: MGM/UA.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface and Acknowledgments ix
  • John G. Avildsen 1
  • Tony Bill 21
  • Michael Cimino 37
  • Abel Ferrara 49
  • James Glickenhaus 57
  • Menahem Golan 75
  • Stuart Gordon 89
  • Ulu Grosbard 101
  • Anthony Harvey 115
  • Dennis Hopper 127
  • Ted Kotcheff 141
  • Adrian Lyne 159
  • John Milius 169
  • Alan Parker 183
  • Franc Roddam 195
  • Mark Rydell 209
  • Susan Seidelman 221
  • Joan Micklin Silver 231
  • James Toback 241
  • FrançOis Truffaut 259
  • Wim Wenders 269
  • Bibliography 279
  • Index 283
  • About the Author 301
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