On numerous occasions, we see eccentricities at their best mostly at actors, singers, TV stars and, of course, fashion people. Oh, and let’s not forget the royal weddings or the millionaires. We’ll be honest though, it’s fun, that’s why we can’t wait to see what Lady Gaga will be wearing when dining in a restaurant or the next Tim Burton public appearance, or movie for that matter. Moving on, the last example brings us deeper into our subject. Watching movies like Corpse Bride or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you get a glimpse of Tim Burton’s peculiar personality, even if you don’t know how he looks like or what music he prefers. It might not come as a surprise that he has a great sense of originality that transcends in what he does and the way he looks.
But there are other directors, too. The movies of Won Kar-wai, Abbas Kiarostami and Jean Luc Godard aren’t all grandiose and surrealistic, au contraire, they approach cinematography on a more minimalistic note, enhanced by their countries’ local flavor. They have different personalities, they were born and lived in different parts of the world and different times.
Won Kar-wai’s movies take place in beautiful Hong-Kong and depict characters and stories in the lonely modern city life. Movies like Chungking Express or In The Mood For Love are filled with symbols and Asian sensuality, but are easy to watch, and that’s why he must be one of the greatest directors of our times.
Abbas Kiarostami is an Iranian director who makes films that are lyrical and introspective. Taste of Cherry, which won Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1997, is about a man who drives through a city suburb looking for someone who can carry out the task to bury him after he has died, or better said, after his suicide. It is beautiful because is so complex and simple, in the same time.
Last but not least, Jean-Luc Godard is a French film director, one of the 1960s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, or “New Wave”. His first feature film, Breathless, remains until this moment, fresh and innovative, charming and iconic.
What do these 3 directors have in common besides making groundbreaking movies?
Easy-Peasy! They share the same love for films and sunglasses. And their habit is to wear them where ever they are, in public or on set. It would be really interesting to know what lies behind that habit, however, for now, we just love that they have the same fetish as we do. How about you?