Nicolas Roeg

"Amid the general gloom of 1970s British cinema, Nicolas Roeg seemed to represent one of the few real chinks of light. A gifted cinematographer, he moved to directing and quickly established a reputation as a distinctly personal film-maker. With their jagged cutting and disconcerting time shifts, his films didn't look like the work of any one else and their dark themes of destructive sexuality and confused identity made them sharply provocative." - Robert Shail (British Film Directors: A Critical Guide, 2007)

Nicolas Roeg

Director / Cinematographer
(1928- ) Born August 15, London, England, UK
Top 250 Directors

Key Production Countries: UK, USA
Key Genres: Psychological Drama, Drama, Adventure, Adventure Drama, Satire, Thriller
Key Collaborators: Tony Lawson (Editor), Stanley Myers (Composer), Theresa Russell (Leading Actress), Allan Scott (Screenwriter), Jeremy Thomas (Producer), Anthony B. Richmond (Cinematographer), David Brockhurst (Production Designer), Paul Mayersberg (Screenwriter), Rick McCallum (Producer), Harvey Harrison (Cinematographer), Alex Thomson (Cinematographer), Graeme Clifford (Editor)

"Nicolas Roeg is one of the romantics of modern cinema. His early career was a veritable pilgrim's progress through the industry... Roeg once described cinema as a "time machine" and his reputation is founded on an adventurous play with temporality and desire, a phantasmagoria of choppy time frames and unanchored visions. The results have varied from visionary to self-indulgent... Roeg remains one of the last links that modern British cinema retains with the experimentalism of 1960s European cinema." - Richard Armstrong (The Rough Guide to Film, 2007)
"A former clapper boy, lighting cameraman and cinematographer who belatedly moved into directing, Roeg never seemed totally at ease in front of the camera (or, perhaps more accurately, beside it). His visuals are often wonderful, but his later scripts can be woeful, particularly in the case of Eureka (1983)...I f this all sounds unduly critical, it shouldn't be taken as such, for Roeg's standards and his expectations of himself are high, and his is a genuinely eclectic talent which can provoke, puzzle and satisfy in roughly equal measures." - Mario Reading (The Movie Companion, 2006)
"Nicolas Roeg is a visual trickster who plays havoc with conventional screen narratives. Choosing an oblique storytelling formula, he riddles his plots with ambiguous characters, blurred genres, distorted chronologies, and open-ended themes to invite warring interpretations." - Joseph Lanza & Rob Edelman (The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia, 1998)
"From his directing debut Performance (made with Donald Cammell) onwards, Roeg deployed a fragmented, associative editing style to shift between reality and fantasy, fear and desire, past, present, and future in diverse genres... Excepting Walkabout and Don't Look Now, the results, while intriguing, have often lacked coherence; the narrative complexity and bold, baroque images can seem a gloss imposed on conventional stories." - Geoff Andrew (The Director's Vision, 1999)
"Roeg is perfectly comfortable with more traditional storytelling. But it is as the virtuoso explorer of unconventional narrative forms that he made a lasting contribution to contemporary cinema." - The Film Encyclopedia, 2012
"A director of exotica, mood, and place, Roeg must learn to handle narrative with more assurance." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)
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Worth a Look
Performance (1970) [co-directed by Donald Cammell] , Walkabout (1971) , Don't Look Now (1973) , The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Bad Timing (1980) , Eureka (1981), Insignificance (1985), The Witches (1989)
Not Recommended
Castaway (1987), Track 29 (1988)
Acclaimed Films / IMDB Filmography
1,000 Greatest Films
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Films / Books
    The Man Who Fell to Earth
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