Stephen Gaghan is an American screenwriter and director. He is noted for writing the screenplay for Steven Soderberghs film Traffic, based on a Channel 4 series, for which he won the Academy Award, as well as Syriana which he wrote and directed. Gaghan was born in Louisville, the son of the former Elizabeth Jane Whorton and her first husband, Stephen Gaghan, Gaghan attended Kentucky Country Day School, a college preparatory school in Louisville. He was an All-State soccer player where he held the assist record at the school for three decades. He is a grandson of Jerry Gaghan, a newspaper columnist and drama critic for Variety and the Philadelphia Daily News. Gaghan wrote in a 2001 article in Newsweek, I wanted to be a writer, like my grandfather, in his final days of high school before graduation, Gaghan was expelled for driving a go-cart through the halls of the school. Gaghan has stated that he began dealing with his addictions in 1997, over one long, five-day weekend, I had three separate heroin dealers get arrested, he said.
My dealer, my backup dealer and my backup-backup dealer, I was left alone, and I just hit that place, that total incomprehensible demoralization. That was the end of it, up five straight, locked in the bathroom, convinced there was nowhere else to go, I had to kill myself. I just couldnt take another minute of it and he attended the University of Kentucky and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He was a student on the Fall 1986 Voyage of the Semester at Sea Study Abroad Program where he attended classes on board the SS Universe and he attended Babson College in Massachusetts. He started a company, Fallen Empire Inc. which he hoped would support his writing career. Gaghan wrote the screenplay for Traffic, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2000, other writing credits include Havoc, The Alamo and Rules of Engagement, as well as a handful of episodes of various television series. Gaghan turned down the chance to adapt Dan Browns novel, The Da Vinci Code, in his television writing career, he won an Emmy Award for co-writing a NYPD Blue episode entitled Wheres Swaldo, in 1997.
In addition to NYPD Blue, he has written for The Practice. His next project is a adaptation of Malcolm Gladwells book, Blink. He has hired by Warner Bros. to write the screenplay of the Dead Spy Running franchise written by author Jon Stock. He is set to direct crime thriller Candy Store, Gaghan has a son Gardner and a daughter Elizabeth from a previous relationship with actress Michael McCraine
L.A. Confidential (film)
L. A. Confidential is a 1997 American neo-noir crime film directed, produced and co-written by Curtis Hanson. The screenplay by Hanson and Brian Helgeland is loosely based on James Ellroys 1990 novel of the same name, like the book, the film tells the story of a group of LAPD officers in 1953, and the intersection of police corruption and Hollywood celebrity. The title refers to the 1950s scandal magazine Confidential, portrayed in the film as Hush-Hush, however, he supported Hansons casting decisions and this gave the director the confidence to approach Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, and Danny DeVito. The film grossed $126 million worldwide and was acclaimed, holding a 99% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning two, Basinger for Best Supporting Actress and Hanson and Helgeland for Best Adapted Screenplay, it lost every other category to Titanic. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.
In early 1950s Los Angeles, Sergeant Edmund Ed Exley, son of the legendary LAPD detective Preston Exley, is determined to live up to his fathers reputation and his intelligence, insistence on following regulations, and cold demeanor contribute to his isolation from other officers. He exacerbates this resentment by volunteering to testify in the Bloody Christmas case in exchange for a promotion to Detective Lieutenant. This goes against the advice of Captain Dudley Smith, who states that a detective should be willing to shoot a guilty man in the back for the greater good. Exleys ambition is fueled by the murder of his father, killed by an unknown assailant, officer Wendell Bud White, whom Exley considers a mindless thug, is a plainclothes officer obsessed with violently punishing woman-beaters. One such incident leads him to confront a former cop named Leland Buzz Meeks, White comes to dislike Exley after Whites partner, Dick Stensland, is fired due to Exleys testimony in the Bloody Christmas scandal.
The Nite Owl case, a multiple homicide at a coffee shop, Sergeant Jack Vincennes is a narcotics detective who moonlights as a technical advisor on Badge of Honor, a popular TV police drama series. He is providing Sid Hudgens, publisher of the Hush-Hush tabloid magazine, three African Americans are initially charged with the Nite Owl murders, and killed in a shootout. Although the Nite Owl crime initially looks like a robbery, Exley. He begins a relationship with Lynn Bracken, a Veronica Lake look-alike prostitute, the body count rises when White searches a storage room under Lefferts mothers house, and finds the decomposed corpse of Meeks. When Vincennes approaches Smith with the evidence he has found with Exley, Smith shoots Vincennes, who utters Rollo Tomasi before dying, the origin of which Exley told Vincennes in confidence. Exleys suspicions are aroused when Smith asks him who Rollo Tomasi is, during an interrogation of Hudgens, Smith arranges for White to see photos of Bracken sleeping with Exley, which sends White into a rage.
Confident that White has gone after Exley to kill him, Smith kills Hudgens, Exley investigates and discovers Meeks and Stensland used to work closely with Smith
The Crucible (1996 film)
The Crucible is a 1996 drama film written by Arthur Miller adapting his play of the same title, inspired by the Salem witchcraft trials. Much of the filming took place on Choate Island in Essex, despite the films lacklustre box office performance, Arthur Miller was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Joan Allen received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Ryders performance was the subject of critical praise, early one morning in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, some young village girls meet in the woods with a Barbadian slave named Tituba. One of the girls, Abigail Williams, kills a chicken and drinks the blood and they are discovered by Abigails uncle, Reverend Samuel Parris. As the girls run away, Parris daughter Betty falls over unconscious, Parris questions Abigail about the events that took place in the woods, Betty will not awaken, nor will Ruth, the daughter of Thomas and Ann Putnam, who were dancing. This strikes Mrs. Putnam hard as she had seven children before Ruth who died at childbirth.
The Parris household is visited by Giles Corey, who suspects that the children are just acting out, Abigail still loves Proctor, but Proctor realizes his mistake and leaves her. The Putnams and Reverend Parris believe that Betty and Ruth are demonically possessed, to save herself and the other girls from punishment, Abigail claims that Tituba was working with the devil. After a whipping, Tituba confesses to being a witch, and is saved from being hanged, struck by their new power, the other girls begin naming other women whom they saw with the devil, including Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctors wife. John, determined not to give his former lover her vengeance, insists that his servant, Mary Warren, one of the afflicted girls, although Mary Warren is frightened of Abigail, she eventually agrees. In the court, Francis Nurse gives a list of names of people who vouch for the accused, in response, the judges order that all on the list be arrested and brought in for questioning. Giles Corey insists that when Ruth Putnam accused Rebecca Nurse, Mr.
Putnam was heard to tell his daughter that she had won him a gift of land. Corey refuses to name the person who heard this remark, Mary Warren insists she only thought she saw spirits but is cowed by the other girls into recanting her recantation. Elizabeth Proctor says she is pregnant and will be spared from death until the baby is born, the other girls are called in and asked if they were lying about the witchcraft but cause a commotion, screaming that Mary Warren is putting a spell on them. To demonstrate that Abigail is not innocent, John confesses to having had an affair with her and he claims that Abigail accused Elizabeth in order to get rid of her so that she could marry him. Abigail denies the accusation to protect her reputation, so Elizabeth is called in to see if the accusation is true, not knowing that John confessed and wanting to save his reputation, she lies. To save herself from being hanged as a witch, Mary Warren accuses John of witchcraft, when asked if he will return to God, John despairingly yells I say God is dead.
And is arrested as a witch, John agrees and writes the confession
The Ice Storm (film)
The Ice Storm is a 1997 American drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody. The film features an ensemble cast of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, Glenn Fitzgerald, Jamey Sheridan, the film opened in the United States on September 26,1997. Its release was limited and it ultimately grossed US$8 million on a budget of US$18 million, a special two-disc DVD set was released as part of the Criterion Collection on March 18,2008. Set over Thanksgiving weekend,1973, the film centers around two families, the Hoods and their neighbors, the Carvers, dissatisfied in his marriage and with the futility of his career, is having an affair with Janey. Elena is bored with her life and is looking to expand her thinking but is unsure of how to do so, Wendy enjoys sexual games with her school peers, as well as both Carver boys. Paul has fallen for a classmate, Libbets, at the school he attends. As the party progresses, Ben becomes drunk, when Janey chooses the keys of a handsome young man, Ben attempts to protest but trips and knocks his head on the coffee table, leading Jim to realize that his wife and Ben are having an affair.
Ben, in his embarrassment, retreats to the bathroom where he remains for the rest of the evening, the remaining key party participants are paired off and leave together with only Jim and Elena remaining. She retrieves Jims keys from the bowl and returns them to him, after debating the issue and Elena leave together, engaging in a quick, clumsy sexual encounter in the front seat of Jims car. Jim, regretting the line he and Elena have just crossed, Wendy decides to make her way to the Carvers to see Mikey, but he has decided to go out into the ice storm, so she and Sandy climb into bed together and remove their clothes. They drink from a bottle of vodka and Wendy tries to him, however. Paul is invited to Libbets apartment in Manhattan, though upon arriving, is disappointed to learn that Francis was invited. The three drink beer and listen to music and Libbets take prescription pills found in Libbets mothers medicine cabinet, Paul decides to leave, just narrowly making the train about to leave for New Canaan.
Meanwhile, out walking in the storm, is enchanted by the beauty of the trees and he slides down an icy hill sits on a guardrail to rest. A moment a line, broken by a fallen tree, connects with the guardrail. Jim and Elena become stuck, due to a downed tree, Elena walks in on her daughter in bed with Sandy and orders her to get dressed. Janey had returned home earlier and curled up on her bed in the position without bothering to take off her party clothes. Although it is not revealed what transpired between Janey and her key partner, she is exhausted and sad
Hilary and Jackie
Hilary and Jackie is a 1998 British biographical film directed by Anand Tucker. It was at an early stage when we were doing the script. The film was based on conversations with Hilary and Piers, unlike the book it does not claim to be the true story. This is important, as the film attracted controversy and criticism for allegedly distorting details in Jacquelines life, Rachel Griffiths was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Emily Watson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film is divided two sections, the first telling events from Hilarys point of view and the second from Jackies. It opens with Hilary and Jackie as children being taught by their mother to dance and play instruments, the cello for Jackie. Jackie does not take practising seriously at first, but when she does, she becomes a virtuoso, marriage to pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim follows. Hilary, on the hand, plays in a community orchestra and marries Christopher Finzi. The film ends with Jacquelines spirit standing on the beach where she used to play as a child, watching herself, georges Hall, and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
Additional scenes were filmed at the Royal Academy of Music and Wigmore Hall in London, brithdir Mawr, an ancient house in North Wales, was used for location shots of Hilarys house. Jacqueline du Prés cello in the movie was played and synchronised to Emily Watsons movements by Caroline Dale and he went on to say Hilary and Jackie is as beautifully acted as it is directed and written. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times described it as a film makes no attempt to soften the material or make it comforting through the cliches of melodrama. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Edward Guthmann stated, Watson is riveting and heartbreaking, assisted by Tuckers elegant direction and Boyces thoughtful, scrupulous writing, she gives a knockout performance. Anthony Lane of The New Yorker said, The sense of period, of ungainly English pride, is funny and acute, feels both overblown and oddly beside the point, it certainly means that Tucker takes his eye, or his ear, off the music. The whole picture, indeed, is likely to gratify the emotionally prurient than to appease lovers of Beethoven and Elgar.
The books moving account of love and solidarity, whose characters are incomplete and complex, although the film was a critical success, and received two Academy Award nominations, it ignited a furore, especially in London, centre of du Pres performing life. A group of her closest colleagues, including fellow cellists Mstislav Rostropovich and Julian Lloyd Webber, clare Finzi, Hilary du Prés daughter, charged that the film was a gross misinterpretation, which I cannot let go unchallenged. Daniel Barenboim said, Couldnt they have waited until I was dead, Hilary du Pré wrote in The Guardian, At first I could not understand why people didnt believe my story because I had set out to tell the whole truth
Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen, collectively referred to as the Coen brothers, are American filmmakers. Their films span many genres and styles, which they frequently subvert or parody and their best-reviewed works include Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, True Grit, and Inside Llewyn Davis. The brothers write and produce their films jointly, although until The Ladykillers, Joel received sole credit for directing and they often alternate top billing for their screenplays while sharing film credits for editor under the alias Roderick Jaynes. The duo won the Palme dOr for Barton Fink, and were nominated for Fargo, the Coen brothers have written a number of films that neither of the two directed. Ethan is a writer of stories, theater. Their films No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man and Ethan Coen were born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Their mother, was an art historian at St. Cloud State University, when they were children, Joel saved money from mowing lawns to buy a Vivitar Super 8 camera.
Together, the brothers remade movies they saw on television, with a kid, Mark Zimering. Their first attempt was a romp entitled Henry Kissinger, Man on the Go, cornel Wildes The Naked Prey became their Zeimers in Zambia, which featured Ethan as a native with a spear. Joel Coen has said, in regards to whether our background influences our film making, theres no doubt that our Jewish heritage affects how we see things. Joel and Ethan graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1973 and 1976 and they both graduated from Bard College at Simons Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Joel spent four years in the film program at New York University. Ethan went on to Princeton University and earned a degree in philosophy in 1979. His senior thesis was a 41-page essay, Two Views of Wittgensteins Later Philosophy, Joel has been married to actress Frances McDormand since 1984. They adopted a son from Paraguay, named Pedro McDormand Coen and she did a voice-over in Barton Fink. Ethan married film editor Tricia Cooke in 1990 and they have two children, daughter Dusty and son Buster Jacob, who goes to Vassar College.
Both couples live in New York, after graduating from New York University, Joel worked as a production assistant on a variety of industrial films and music videos. He developed a talent for film editing and met Sam Raimi while assisting Enda Ruth Paul in editing Raimis first feature film, in 1984, the brothers wrote and directed Blood Simple, their first commercial film together
Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and figure in twentieth-century American theater. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and he wrote several screenplays and was most noted for his work on The Misfits. The drama Death of a Salesman has been numbered on the short list of finest American plays in the 20th century alongside Long Days Journey into Night, Miller was often in the public eye, particularly during the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. During this time, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, in 1980, Miller received the St. Louis Literary Award from the Saint Louis University Library Associates. He received the Prince of Asturias Award and the Praemium Imperiale prize in 2002, Miller was born on October 17,1915, in Harlem, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, the second of three children of Augusta and Isidore Miller. His father was born in Radomyśl Wielki and his mother was a native of New York whose parents arrived from that town.
Isidore owned a clothing manufacturing business employing 400 people. He became a wealthy and respected man in the community, the family, including his younger sister Joan Copeland, lived on West 110th Street in Manhattan, owned a summer house in Far Rockaway and employed a chauffeur. In the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the family lost almost everything and moved to Gravesend, as a teenager, Miller delivered bread every morning before school to help the family. After graduating in 1932 from Abraham Lincoln High School, he worked at menial jobs to pay for his college tuition. At the University of Michigan, Miller first majored in journalism and worked for the student paper and it was during this time that he wrote his first play, No Villain. Miller switched his major to English, and subsequently won the Avery Hopwood Award for No Villain, the award brought him his first recognition and led him to begin to consider that he could have a career as a playwright. Rowe provided realistic feedback along with much-needed encouragement, and became a lifelong friend, in 1937, Miller wrote Honors at Dawn, which received the Avery Hopwood Award.
After his graduation in 1938, he joined the Federal Theater Project and he chose the theater project despite the more lucrative offer to work as a scriptwriter for 20th Century Fox. However, worried about possible Communist infiltration, closed the project in 1939, Miller began working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard while continuing to write radio plays, some of which were broadcast on CBS. In 1940, Miller married Mary Grace Slattery, the couple had two children and Robert. Miller was exempted from service during World War II because of a high-school football injury to his left kneecap. 1940 was the year his first play was produced, The Man Who Had All the Luck won the Theatre Guilds National Award, the play closed after four performances with disastrous reviews
William Todd Field is an American actor and three-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker. Field was born in Pomona, where his family ran a poultry farm, when Field turned two, his family moved to Portland, where his father went to work as a salesman, and his mother became a school librarian. At an early age, he interested in performing sleight-of-hand. As a child in Portland, Field was a batboy for the Portland Mavericks, kurt Russell, Bings son and an acclaimed Hollywood actor in his own right, played for the Portland Mavericks during this time. Field and Maverick Pitching Coach Rob Nelson created the first batch of Big League Chew in the Field family kitchen, in 1980 Nelson and former New York Yankees all-star Jim Bouton sold the idea to the Wrigley Company. Since that time over 600 million pouches have been sold worldwide, a budding jazz musician, at the age of sixteen Field became a member of the Big Band at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. Headed by Larry McVey, the band had become a proving-ground and regular stop for Stan Kenton and it was here Field played trombone along with his friend and future Grammy Award Winner, Chris Botti.
During this same time he worked as a non-union projectionist at a second-run movie theater. Modica at his renowned Carnegie Hall Studio, soon after, Field began performing with the Ark Theatre Company as both an actor and musician. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the AFI Conservatory and he went on to work with some of Americas greatest film makers including Stanley Kubrick, Victor Nuñez, and Carl Franklin. It was Franklin and Nunez who encouraged Field to enroll as a Directing Fellow at the AFI, since that time he has received the Franklin J. To date, unadjusted box office receipts for the films in which Field has participated exceed a billion dollars worldwide, Field became one of Hollywoods hottest new writer/directors with the release of In the Bedroom, a film based on the short story Killings by author Andre Dubus. In the Bedroom was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay. The film was shot in Rockland, Maine, a New England town in which Field resides—the house where he, his wife and Sissy Spacek did a portion of the set designing and Field handled the camera himself on many of the shots.
The result, critics said, was stunning, David Ansen of Newsweek wrote, with one film he’s guaranteed his future as a director. He has the magnificent obsession of the natural-born filmmaker, anthony Quinn of The Independent praised the director, Field has pulled off something here I thought no American filmmaker would ever manage again, he makes violence feel genuinely shocking. For his work on In the Bedroom, Field was named Director of the Year by the National Board of Review, and his script was awarded Best Original Screenplay. The film went on to win Best Picture of the Year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the American Film Institute honored Field with the Franklin Schaffner Alumni Medal
The House of Mirth
The House of Mirth, a novel by Edith Wharton, tells the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to New York City’s high society around the turn of the last century. The House of Mirth traces Lily’s slow two-year social descent from privilege to a lonely existence on the margins of society. Wharton uses Lily as an attack on an irresponsible, before publication as a book on October 14,1905, The House of Mirth was serialized in Scribner’s Magazine beginning in January 1905. It attracted a readership among housewives and businessmen alike, charles Scribner wrote Edith in November 1905 that the novel was showing the most rapid sale of any book ever published by Scribner. By the end of December sales had reached 140,000 copies, ediths royalties were valued at more than half a million dollars in todays currency. The commercial and critical success of The House of Mirth solidified Whartons reputation as a major novelist, because of the novels commercial success, some critics classified it as a genre novel.
This moral purpose was not lost on the reviewers and critics of the time who tended to categorize it as both social satire and a novel of manners. The House of Mirth was Edith Whartons second published novel and was preceded by two novellas, The Touchstone and one novel, The Valley of Decision. Her subsequent important novels are Ethan Frome, The Custom of the Country and these works influenced a host of American authors for two generations. They include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, John OHara, Edith Wharton started working on a piece of what was to become The House of Mirth during the period that she was finishing her Italian 16th century historical novel. A moments ornament represents the way Mrs. Wharton describes Lilys relationship to her group as a beautiful. Her value lasts only as long as her beauty and good-standing with the group, by centering the story around a portrait of Lily, Mrs. Wharton was able to address directly the social limitations imposed upon her. These included the mores of the upper crust social class to which Lily belonged by birth and breeding.
The final title Wharton chose for the novel was The House of Mirth, taken from the Old Testament, The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. The House of Mirth spotlights social context as equally important to the development of the storys purpose, at the time the novel takes place, Old New York high society was peopled by the extraordinarily wealthy who were conditioned by the economic and social changes the Gilded Age wrought. Mrs. Whartons birth around the time of the Civil War predates that period by a less than a decade. As a member of the privileged Old New York society, she was qualified to describe it authentically. She had license to criticize the ways New York high society of the eighteen nineties had changed without being vulnerable to accusations of envy motivated by coming from a social caste
Atom Egoyan, CC is a Canadian director, writer and former actor. Egoyan made his breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in. Egoyans most critically acclaimed film is the drama The Sweet Hereafter and his work often explores themes of alienation and isolation, featuring characters whose interactions are mediated through technology, bureaucracy or other power structures. Egoyans films often follow non-linear plot structures, in events are placed out of sequence in order to elicit specific emotional reactions from the audience by withholding key information. In 2008, Egoyan received the Dan David Prize for Creative Rendering of the Past, Egoyan received the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award, Canadas highest royal honour in the performing arts, in 2015. Egoyan was born Atom Yeghoyan in Cairo, the son of Shushan and Joseph Yeghoyan and his parents were Armenian-Egyptians, and he was named Atom to mark the completion of Egypts first nuclear reactor. In 1962, his parents left Egypt for Canada and his sister, now a concert pianist based in Toronto, were raised by their parents in British Columbia.
As a boy, Egoyan wished for assimilation into Canadian society, years later, when he attended the University of Toronto, he began to study Armenian history. As a teenager, he interested in reading and writing plays. Significant influences included Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter, in that interview, he said, It gave me an incredible respect for the medium and its possibilities. To me, Persona marries a pure form and a profound vision with absolute conviction. I felt that it was able to open a door that wasn’t there before and he graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. It was at Trinity College that Egoyan came into contact with Harold Nahabedian, in interviews Egoyan credited Nahabedian for introducing him to the language and history of his ethnic heritage. Egoyan wrote for the University of Torontos independent weekly, The Newspaper, Egoyan has directed 15 full-length films, several television episodes, and a few shorter pieces. His early work was based on his own material, in 1984, his debut film Next of Kin world-premiered at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg and won a major prize.
His commercial breakthrough came with the film Exotica and he received the Grand Prix in Brussels. The film Ararat generated much publicity for Egoyan, after Henri Verneuils French-language film Mayrig, it was the first major motion picture to deal directly with the Armenian Genocide. Ararat won the Best Picture prize at the Genie Awards, in 2004, Egoyan opened Camera Bar, a 50-seat cinema-lounge on Queen Street West in Toronto
In the Bedroom
The film stars Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, and William Mapother. The title refers to the compartment of a lobster trap known as the bedroom. The film is set in the Mid-Coast town of Camden, Maine and Ruth Fowler enjoy a happy marriage and a good relationship with their son Frank, a recent college graduate who has come home for the summer. Frank has fallen in love with a woman with children. Natalies ex-husband, Richard Strout, tries to find a way into his ex-wife and childrens lives, Ruth is openly concerned about Franks relationship with Natalie, while Matt thinks it is only a fling. Midway through the film, Richard kills Frank during a confrontation at Natalies house following a domestic dispute, though equally devastated and Ruth grieve in different ways, with Matt putting on a brave face while Ruth becomes reclusive and quiet. Richard is set free on bail, paid by his well-to-do family, the tension between Matt & Ruth increases when they learn that the lack of an eyewitness to Franks shooting means Richard will instead be charged with accidental manslaughter.
An argument erupts between the couple in each one confronts the other. With the air cleared, the couple is able to find common ground in their grief. Matt abducts and kills Richard and he and a friend bury the body on the friends wooded property. Matt returns home to Ruth, who is awake and smoking in bed and she asks him, Did you do it. He climbs into bed and away from her. Finally, Ruth gets up to make coffee, Matt rolls over onto his back and pulls a band-aid from a finger he injured hauling traps. Ruth calls from the kitchen, Matt, do you want coffee, the sites consensus states Expertly crafted and performed, In the Bedroom is a quietly wrenching portrayal of grief. He further mentioned that the effect of the film isnt over when you leave the theater and he called In the Bedroom a masterpiece. Neil Norman of The Evening Standard stated that. Field has not only studied the masters of understatement, such as Ozu and Bergman. Fields achievement is such a perfectly consummated marriage of intent and execution that he need never make another movie, I would not be alone, I think, in hoping he will make many more.
He further mentioned that like Kubrick, Field doesnt make any moral judgments about his characters and it can be read as a high-class revenge thriller, an ode to the futility of vengeance or almost anything in between
Curtis Lee Hanson was an American film director and screenwriter. Hanson won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1998, Hanson was born in Reno and grew up in Los Angeles. He was the son of Beverly June, an estate agent, and Wilbur Hale Bill Hanson. Hanson dropped out of school, finding work as a freelance photographer. Hanson began screenwriting in 1970, when he co-wrote The Dunwich Horror, Hanson wrote and directed his next feature Sweet Kill in 1973, in 1978 wrote and produced The Silent Partner, starring Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer. From the early 1980s into 1990s, Hanson directed a string of comedies and he did thrillers, many of them deal with people who lose their sense of control or security when facing danger or under threat of death. Some, like the executive in Bad Influence and the police officers in L. A. Confidential, unexpectedly walk into violence. The film was nominated for 9 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, hansons works included In Her Shoes, Wonder Boys,8 Mile, and Lucky You.
Hanson said that he was influenced by the directors Alfred Hitchcock. In an interview with the New York Times in 2000, Hanson stated that Rays film In a Lonely Place was among many that he watched in preparation for the filming of L. A. Confidential, in 8 Mile, Kim Basingers character watches Elia Kazans Pinky on television. In 2011, Hanson made Too Big to Fail, based on the 2009 Andrew Ross Sorkin book of the name about the beginnings of the financial crisis of 2007–2010. His last film was Chasing Mavericks in 2012, but he was unable to finish the film due to ill health, michael Apted replaced him as director during the final days of shooting. Hanson retired from work and was reported to have frontotemporal dementia. He died of natural causes at his Hollywood Hills home at the age of 71, Curtis Hanson at the Internet Movie Database Curtis Hanson on Facebook Frontotemporal Degeneration association