The Oscar-winning writer/producer/director of The Revenant and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) sits down with film scholar and CFILM founder Jeanine Basinger for a conversation about his work and the medium of cinema.
2014. USA. Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu. With Michael Keaton. 119 min.
A washed-up Hollywood superstar struggles with erratic actors, vicious critics, fatherhood, and his own demons as he prepares to mount an ambitious Broadway production that will reinvent his career. Powerful performances (Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone) and Iñárritu’s bold visual style (a Rope-style long take experiment) intensify the film’s darkly comedic blurring of fantasy and reality.