The Story of Robert Zemeckis
• The Story of Robert Zemeckis
The film director Robert Zemeckis belongs to the rare number of people who were born twice: according to some sources - in 1951, according to others - in 1952. All, however, agree on the fact that light, he appeared on 14 May.
The first feature-length films Zemeckis in our country almost unknown - the film "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (1978) and "Used Cars" (1980) looked at us except the most avid moviegoers. But know this: Quentin Tarantino himself in 1995 admitted that the "Used Cars" is one of his favorite films of the seventies, and in general it is the "most favorite comedy for the last twenty years." "We have always watched this film while working - says a former employee of video. - We knew by heart every line of dialogue of any of the comedy "However, despite the fact that both critics greeted the debut work of a young director favorably at the box office is not affected - and further career Zemeckis came under serious question.
The situation was saved "Romancing the Stone" (1984), which also does not bode success. However, the adventure in the jungle hero, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito were to the wide audience the soul - the picture was a hit. And not just in America - in the Soviet Union, was just beginning to acquire a VCR, "Roman" also enjoyed incredible high demand (responding to that, the firm "Melody" even released a record with music from the film). On top of the tape he received the "Golden Globe" as the best comedy of the year - beating on the field "ghost hunters" and "Beverly Hills." A year later, followed by the even more successful sequel to "Jewel of the Nile", but it Zemeckis has had nothing to do.
The sharp jump career of Robert Zemeckis made in 1985 thanks to the now classic film "Back to the Future." Subsequently turned into a trilogy (the second and third parts came in 1989 and 1990 respectively), the picture is written with golden letters in the name of its author's history of world cinema. Brilliantly invented and masterfully executed it for years to come has become the benchmark of youth adventure movie - and to this day does not look as "rarity" of the past, as well as a worthy example of the genre. Japanese Film Academy in the same year called "Back to the Future" best foreign film, while the Americans have identified the film "Oscar" just for the sound effects.
His class Zemeckis confirmed completely unique piece "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988), in which cartoon characters working on a film set with live actors. The idea was not new - for example, back in 1945 in the same way Gene Kelly danced with the mouse Jerry in the film "Raise the anchor!". But there was a single episode - and then the whole film, which is due to its technical excellence deserved revolutionary title. Film Academy has responded to this in three statuettes (plus a special prize to the director of animation), the audience - the unrelenting love. Although it should be noted that this is not such a baby picture - there are quite a few moments, even adults, and it's a film noir, not any there Toon!
Paintings "Death Becomes Her" (1992) and "Contact" (1997) did not Zemeckis for outstanding achievements, although the first and received the "Oscar" for best special effects. In Meryl Streep there to turn my head, and Goldie Hawn I went with a huge dyrischey in the belly, but for now there in the first place comes to mind except that Bruce Willis - to play a completely uncharacteristic for the role of the "normal" person. Little can be said about the "Contact" with Jodie Foster. Even though the film has received a prestigious award "Hugo", awarded for achievements in science fiction - and its rivals in the same year, by the way, were "Men in Black," "The Fifth Element", "Gattaca" and "Starship Troopers ".
The highlight of the academic director's success was the "Forrest Gump" (1994), which won six "Oscars", including in the main nomination - for Best Picture. Zemeckis was able to cater to absolutely everything: it was a rare case where such a high professional recognition went to the most successful from a commercial point of view of the film of the year. Metaphorical statement "Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what toppings you will fall" is considered one of the most famous kinotsitat, and a scene in which the fictional Forrest communicates with this President Kennedy can be considered perhaps the most amusing cinematic gag decades. Although not without its "cone": the picture suddenly became the object of incessant parodies, often bad and desperately banal (the last example - the movie "The Dictator," in which Sacha Baron Cohen rudely mocking the scene magical healing of a disabled boy). But it is all the envy, of course.
In 2000, Zemeckis in a row came two films - "Cast Away" and "What Lies Beneath". Both became huge hit and entered the top ten grossing films of the season - but from a creative point of view, it was, unfortunately, frankly failed. The director came to the worst stage of the artist - "recognized classic" - and lost at the same energy and inspiration. Although the beginning of the "rogue" Revised, of course, with great pleasure: there Tom Hanks unloads mail directly on the Red Square.
The creative crisis of Robert Zemeckis has experienced very, extraordinary - he started making cartoons. However, the cartoons are called only far from the movie people: in fact, "The Polar Express" (2004), "Beowulf" (2007) and "A Christmas Carol" (2009) - is the result of hard work of the method of motion capture - "motion capture "when all the roles are played by these artists, plastered with special sensors. They transmit the data to a computer, where they are based on three-dimensional models, accurately reproducing all human movement. However, the results of such extraordinary technical efforts have not received an unambiguous assessment: the magnificent "The Polar Express", being a pioneer in this technology, amazed; somewhat strange "Beowulf" - forced to wonder; and the third tape is already a disappointment. However Zemeckis undoubted merit in that it went all the way! Not all explorers discover America - but their mistakes are sometimes no less great than the other wins. Perhaps the future more accurately determine the location of these paintings in the history of world art.
At the end of this year, announced the return of Robert Zemeckis in the feature film - the main role in his new film, "Flight" is played Denzel Washington. Who knows if it will return triumphant or not, the important thing: Zemeckis still acting director. And probably still able to surprise us.