Issue 10: Article—Filmmakers on Screen

Each issue, RSL offers up that perennial internet favourite: the themed list. For this issue, we take a look at some films that feature incarnations of real-life filmmakers…

All_That_JazzAll that Jazz (1979)

Roy Scheider stars as dancer, director and choreographer, Joe Gideon, in this semi-autobiographical film about the legendary Bob Fosse.

The film was inspired by Fosse’s stressed-out efforts to edit his film, Lenny, while simultaneously staging the 1975 Broadway musical, Chicago. Fosse directed and co-wrote the film, which walked away with four Oscars.

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

SoftheVJohn Malkovich stars as director, Friedrich Wilhelm (FW) Murnau in this strange tale, which recounts the mysterious happenings that occurred during the making of German classic silent horror-movie, 1922’s Nosferatu-Eine Symphonie des Grauens.

The film saw the disappearance and death of some crew members, as well as star, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe) getting a little too in-character as the titular vampire.

Pasolini (2014)

PassoliniAbel Ferrara directs this account of the last day of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Willem Dafoe (again!) takes the lead, and the film features Ninetto Davoli, who, as well as acting in many of Pasolini’s films, had an intimate relationship with the filmmaker.

WhitehunterblackheartWhite Hunter Black Heart (1990)

Clint Eastwood stars in this thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director who becomes obsessed with hunting an elephant during a film shoot in Africa.

The film was adapted from Peter Viertel’s book, which recounts his experiences working on location with John Huston during the making of classic 1951 Humphrey Bogart & Katharine Hepburn film, The African Queen.

Hitchcock (2012)

Hitch2Anthony Hopkins stars as the legendary director, Alfred Hitchcock, in this tale set during the filming of Psycho in 1959. The story centres on the relationship between Hitch and his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).

Directed by Sacha Gervasi, the story was adapted for the screen by John J. McLaughlin from Stephen Rebello’s 1990 book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of ‘Psycho’. In 1980, Rebello conducted what is believed to be the last interview with Hitchcock.

Issue 11 of RSL is out on 26 October.