Thursday, January 18, 2007

Filming Time

Auteur Theory aggrandizes the relationship between the director and the actor. By using the same actor for different films, the director attempts to form a psychological bridge between these films. A familiarity persists across all of them. But few actors can perform this feat well - carrying a character over completely different worlds without losing any perspective. Over time, I've found one actor who continues to impress me with her choice of directors and might just pull this off, and that's Naomi Watts. I mean any actor who's worked with people like David Lynch (Mullholand Dr), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams), John Curran (We don't live here anymore, The Painted Veil) and Marc Forster (Stay) has to be applauded. Her upcoming films with David Cronenberg and Michael Haneke only help to cement her role firmly amongst serious cinema. These two films along with Volver (Pedro Almodovar), Inland Empire (David Lynch) and Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro) probably top my list of hope-to-see-soon films.