K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER
KATHRYN BIGELOW (Director/Producer),
according to Variety, is an audaciously talented filmmaker determined to
push the envelope for women directors," and in the course of her career,
she has distinguished herself as one of Hollywood's most innovative
In 1985, Bigelow
directed and also co-wrote the stirring cult classic "Near Dark."
Produced by Steven-Charles Jaffe, the film was critically lauded as "poetic
horror," and as always, Bigelow's visual style garnered positive
reactions from the press who described it as "dreamy, passionate and
terrifying, a hallucinatory vision of the American night-world that
becomes both seductive and devastating." Following the release of
"Near Dark," the Museum of Modern Art honored Bigelow with a career
In 1991, Bigelow
directed the action thriller "Point Break," starring Keanu Reeves and
Patrick Swayze. Executive produced by James Cameron, "Point Break"
explored the dangerous extremes of a psychological struggle between two young
men. Regarding Bigelow's work on the film The Chicago Tribune commended
her astonishing filmmaking sensibilities and described her as "a uniquely
talented, uniquely powerful filmmaker [who] has tapped in to something primal
and strong. She is a sensualist in the most sensual of mediums."
When Bigelow's "Strange
Days" was released in 1995, film critic Roger Ebert called it a
"technical tour de force." In this film, Bigelow explored the
unsettling prospects of computer-generated virtual reality and the impending new
millennium. "Strange Days" received rave reviews and was highly
praised for its energy and unique, intense visuals. Film critic Janet Maslin, in
The New York Times, stated that Bigelow is "furiously talented.
"Operating at full throttle, using material ablaze with eerie promises, she
turns â€˜Strange Days' into a troubling but undeniably breathless
joyride." Starring Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis, the
film was co-written by James Cameron.
Prior to K-19, Bigelow
directed "The Weight of Water" staffing Sean Penn, Sarah Polley,
Catherine McCormack and Elizabeth Hurley. The film's world premiere was a gala
screening at the 25th annual Toronto International Film Festival and drew praise
from critics and filmmakers alike. Variety described the "The Weight
of Water" as being "Bigelow's richest, most ambitious and personal
work to date; imbued with suspense, benefiting from Bigelow's penchant for creating a visual sense of menace and an atmosphere of fear."
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