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James Gray

Director

“What I’m after, making a film, is the most exact transcript of my most intimate impressions of behavior.”

 

Biography

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

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Catarina Gomes

3Jan14

Rohmer would have liked his two lovers.

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Sagi Mendel

30Oct13

The most underrated director EVER

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    chanandre

    14Nov13

    i would not say ever. but from his generation? maybe.

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    Sagi Mendel

    14Nov13

    OK...maybe not ever,but from his generation? for sure.

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    chanandre

    14Nov13

    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.

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    Sagi Mendel

    14Nov13

    Until i'll find another director,who is so good and yet his films doesn't do well at the box office,at the critics or at the awards,he is the most underrated director of this generation for me.

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    chanandre

    14Nov13

    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.

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    Sagi Mendel

    14Nov13

    Yes we can!

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    chanandre

    14Nov13

    and i cried on We Own the Night - that speaks loads about his film-making skill.Am a fan :)

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    João'

    17Nov13

    I guess the word is underknown, not underrated.

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AdamantCocoon

23Feb13

So....Phoenix is to Gray as Michael Fassbender is to Steve McQueen?

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Graphieti

18Dec12

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

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James Gray: The Auteur Who Got Away?

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