For director Barry Levinson, one script that had been on his mind since the start of his career, was Toys. Word was when he began to make the move from television to film, he wanted this film to be his feature debut.
He has directed and produced both feature films and documentary films. He has published a novel. And a stage musical version of Diner is currently in out of town trials.
Reached for a phone conversation prior to his festival appearance, C-VILLE asked him what it took to juggle so many projects and avenues of expression. His response was characteristically easygoing. He is not an auteurish director out to wow you with his technique.
It would be easy to look back on his career and pigeonhole his work. You could think of the middle films Good Morning Vietnam, Sleepers, Rain Man as emotional crowd-pleasers, and you could look at some of his more recent work Wag the Dog, What Just Happened, and the great little documentary PoliWood as satires of the politics and entertainment industries.
But to categorize them would be to miss what makes them Barry Levinson movies. What unites all of these films is his comedic sensibility. They talk past each other in a way that can be funny, or it can be sad.
Often, it turns out to be both. We have these crazy little quirky things. There are these discussions that are endless that are about something but are really not quite about that.
Meanings are hopelessly tangled, the truth about the past is garbled and obscure, and the human connection that Cruise comes to hunger for in the course of the movie is either fleeting or impossible.
You look too closely at these films and you have to come to an inescapable conclusion. Barry Levinson has a dark side.
The Natural is a classic fable about baseball, lost opportunities, and second chances. But compare it to that other baseball fairy tale Field of Dreams and what you find is real menace working against the happy ending, the dark edges of the story filled with serial killers and femme fatales and sinister forces willing to murder for profit.
And his newest film The Humbling, adapted from the novel by Philip Roth, might be his darkest yet. It tells the story of an aging actor played by Al Pacino who is lost in the labyrinth of language and his own ego, slowly unraveling as he tries to sort out what happened to his talent and what to make of the incomprehensible relationship he finds himself in with a woman half his age.
Because when we show it to a large audience, you hear the laughs coming all through the movie. It is a tragi-comic exploration.For a little movie without special effects, dramatic reveals, or cutting-edge sex scenes—a movie about nothing at all, really—Barry Levinson’s comedy, Diner, caused a tectonic shift in.
Oct 19, · Born, raised, and still a proud resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam) has used his native home as .
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance.
Hoffman won an Oscar for his performance in Levinson's Rain Man (). () comes from the television show. That makes them mainstream film-making in the sense that you have a pre-sold item which America.
Oct 19, · Born, raised, and still a proud resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam) has used his . Mar 11, · O.K.
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Barry Levinson – Barry Levinson is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. Levinsons best-known works are comedy-drama and drama such as Diner, The Natural, Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, Bugsy. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on Rain Man, Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Violet Vi and Irvin Levinson, who worked in the furniture and.