Bio: Writer/director James Gray made his first film Little Odessa (1994) at the age of twenty-four. The film, which starred Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave and ‘Maximillian Schell’, received critical acclaim and was the winner of the Venice Film Festival’s prestigious Silver Lion Award in 1994.
Miramax Films released James Gray’s second feature, The Yards (2000) starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Faye Dunaway, Ellen Burstyn, Charlize Theron and James Caan in fall of 2000. The film was selected for official competition at the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival. Prior to ‘The Yards’ and ‘Little Odessa’, Gray attended film school at the University of Southern California. It was there that his student film Cowboys and Angels was first seen by producer Paul Webster, who encouraged Gray to write his first feature script.
As a child growing up in Queens, New York, Gray aspired to be a painter. However, when introduced in his early teenage years to the works… read more
i'd have to find every director of his generation and then compare the impact of his or her filmography on film history. not an easy task. hence why I, personally, shy away from such statements. that being said, am seeing a retro of his work and there's not ONE film i don't like a lot. he sure is important to me. ever?no. of his generation: perhaps. in asian cinema, not many have achieved what he has.
not questioning that, was I? but your sentence does not 'mean' that, does it? not doing good at the box office is not, per se, a sign of cinematic genius. Hitch killed at the box-office and yet was not perceived as auteur. takes time to get the recognition though. there are some champions of his work, i believe. he's not That under-rated but i get your point yes. he's great, on that we can both agree.
The deepest view on contemporary American cinema that you will read today, by one of its prominent figures: James Gray http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/james-gray-on-marion-cotillard-joaquin-phoenix-and-the-central-crisis-of-american-cinema-20121212