Today, in his sixties, he has passed Danny Boyle - the eternally surprising Briton who, among other outstanding works, gave the world the cult drama Trainspotting and the Oscar-winning melodrama Slumdog Millionaire. It is difficult to fit his work into the framework of some traditional template: as a true experimenter, he managed to try himself in various fields of art, working almost simultaneously in theater, cinema and television and sometimes mixing their artistic techniques with each other. It's amazing how the director manages not to get stuck within the boundaries of one genre.|
It would be very convenient, having watched only the movie Trainspotting , which is the first thing to watch, and assume that the main characters of Boyle are complete drug addicts, scum and renegades. However, this is not the case. To some extent, the director is a kind of Irwin Welch from the world of cinema, who knows no boundaries and creates a whole kaleidoscope of images and twisted plots - different and at the same time equally charming.
Already in the fact that Danny became a director, lies both a fluke and a predestination. He himself still remembers with a smile that his parents, zealous Catholics, predicted for him a successful and noble career as a priest. A 13-year-old boy halfway to his goal was stopped by a local pastor, apparently seeing in the child (he was looking at the root!) The rudiments of a talent that was not of a church order. And Boyle , apparently, with his characteristic grip took the most important thing from religion - faith in man.“There is something infinitely optimistic and genuine in the philosophy that man is inherently good”, - said Danny much later.
The filmmaker began his career in cinema with the full-length film "Shallow Grave", which is not very much connected with such a humanistic view of humanity. The critically acclaimed work of Boyle has been ranked as a quality independent film with the hopes of a spectacular sequel in the same vein. In the same 1994, Tarantino in his "Pulp Fiction" danced a twist on all other releases of the year. Perhaps that is why the style of the daring British debut has been compared to the black humor of Quentin . But despite the vigorous start, for the filming of the next project, the adaptation of the scandalous novel Irwin Welch , the young father of the family Danny had to sell even his own furniture.
Boyle himself is still amazed that fans remember by heart the names of all the drug addicts from his film. This does not surprise us at all, because Trainspotting is the very combination of a deep idea, vivid images, a memorable visual component and originality, from which you can get high without resorting to any additional destructive means. The British filmmaker shook the viewer well, mixing the main tracks of those years - 'Lust for Life' Iggy Pop, 'Perfect Day' Lou Reed - with naturalistic scenes, like a music video breakdowns and arrivals. He also ridiculed both the consumer society and its outcasts. Not being your guy on the board, with the heroes of this psychedelic picture and their monologues about choosing something else Danny<
After the phenomenal success of the film Trainspotting , Boyle immediately became a cult director, which naturally attracted the attention of Hollywood producers and imposed certain obligations on the brave director. In the City of Angels, he took with him a Scots friend Ewan McGregor, who, thanks to the early projects of Boyle , became the embodiment of a hero of the new era. After the joint not-so-successful fantasy-comedy Life Less Usual, Danny had to part ways with Ewan for a long time, both as an actor and as a friend. The finances invested in his work dictated their terms.“You get money, buy more equipment and other resources with it, it seems to you that this was not enough before.
It is no coincidence that the next project of Boyle , a high-quality and clever film adaptation of Alex Garland's novel about a "heavenly" society starring the megastar Leo DiCaprio, has shown modest financial success. "The Beach" demonstrated that the director cannot subordinate his work to the instructions of someone from above. Despite this, in the picture no, no, yes, and the former mocking Boyle is guessed, who gave DiCaprio the opportunity to add the traits of a drug addict Renton to his usual image of a sweet boy >.
But work on "The Beach" gave the freedom-loving Briton an ideological partner - also a citizen of the United Kingdom, writer and screenwriter Garland . Soon, together they opened a second wind in the zombie apocalypse genre, releasing a low-budget atmospheric fantasy thriller "28 Days Later" with the darkly handsome Cillian Murphy as a poor fellow who woke up in depopulated London.
With an original approach, any genre can be made a philosophical parable, as proved by Boyle and the team. Dark soundtrack from Godspeed You Black Emperor! and John Murphy, empty streets and shops, an allegorical picture of modern society, where everyone devours their own kind ...“For the last four weeks I saw people killing each other. But I saw it four weeks before the onset of the infection and much earlier - people always kill each other, and therefore, in my opinion, life goes on as usual ”, - one of the brightest quotes from the film, illustrating its philosophical concept ... The zombie apocalypse is unfolding right under your nose, and the state must definitely help, but the ending of the tape - open and outwardly happy - inspires a terrible alarm.
Five years later, Danny reunited with Garland and two Murphy - John and Killian - to create a visually perfect space drama "Inferno". At one time, the director was offered to take the helm of Alien 4, but even considering this fact, after the first Alien, A Space Odyssey and Solaris, he was somehow uncomfortable filming anything about space travel. The result was a meditative declaration of love for the Sun. Despite the barrage of criticism that rained down on the film, the audience appreciated the sublime longing for space.
Boyle climbed the Hollywood Olympus, mixing the spirit of the American Dream and Indian culture in Slumdog Millionaire . Even with the obvious expectation of a mass audience, the film came out in a boilie way, lively, incendiary and even romantic. As a result - eight "Oscar" statuettes and thanks from young actors Deva Patel and Frida Pinto. Once again, the director managed to meet the expectations of the audience, and not a specific one, but an international one."Films about America and Americans are being replaced by films about other worlds and cultures", - rightly believes Boyle . The main thing is to treat any object of the image with care and respect.
This is exactly how the creative director approached each theme he chose: in the biographical drama about willpower 127 Hours with James Franco stuck in a rock, the intricate and surprisingly dynamic crime thriller Trance starring James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel, and finally a biopic about the great and terrible marketer Steve Jobs. Special attention should be paid to the director's experiment with the plot of the gothic novel Frankenstein - in the project of the same name with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, changing roles, both theatrical and film techniques are used.
According to Boyle , who first absorbed the spirit of the stage, the viewer does not care about the director, and it is the actors who are the kind of channels through which ideas are transmitted. The one who manages the whole process should be a sensitive psychologist and feel that each actor is in his place. By his own admission Danny , the theater never left him:“On stage, every performance is different. The theater is dynamic and changes every evening. At first I assumed that in the cinema everything is just the opposite, but it turned out not. The film also changes after each new viewing. It is watched by different people from different places and in different moods, and it all transforms what we initially put into our work. ”. This theatrical feature in the master's paintings is always successfully combined with dashingly twisted storylines, unexpected twists and a unique visual part.
Danny Boyle likes to say that the very substance of the film reflects the emotion with which it was made. After such words, we can only conclude that, in addition to everything else, he is also a very loving, sensitive person who is not afraid to refuse remakes and sequels to Hollywood, but cannot but please fans with the continuation of the legend he created - "T2: Trainspotting". Some of his disorderly junkies remained a drug addict, someone opened their own club, someone got out of prison, perhaps someone chose life. In short, next year we will definitely not be disappointed.
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