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Jonathan Glazer is a music video and commercial icon whose extraordinary work reveals his gift for intense visual ambition. After winning multiple awards for both mediums he directed the 2001 feature film, Sexy Beast starring Sir Ben Kingsley, followed in 2004 by Birth starring Nicole Kidman.
British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer began by directing pop promos and advertisements before transitioning into features. His video style is crisp and clean, yet vaguely menacing. There's always more going on than meets the eye--a quality carried over into his films. Like Kubrick, he's partial to Steadicams and empty hallways. Massive Attack's "Karmacoma" even features twins straight from The Shining, while Blur's "The Universal" cops from A Clockwork Orange, so he's not exactly shying away from the influence. Glazer's commercial style, on the other hand, is more wide-ranging, less easily identifiable. His ambitious ads for Guinness, Levis, etc. bring out his playful side in a way the videos do not. Interestingly, oddball actor Denis Lavant (Beau Travail) shows up twice, in the creepy clip for UNKLE's "Rabbit in Your Headlights" and the "Last Orders" spot for Stella Artois. This Director's Series edition also features excerpts from Sexy Beast and Birth.--Kathleen C. Fennessy
Be sure to check out The Director's Label Boxed Set Vol. 2, featuring The Work of Jonathan Glazer, and volumes by Mark Romanek, Anton Corbijn, and Stéphane Sednaoui.
The dvd is great, great representation of Glazer's work. The case was broken when it came in the mail. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Lydia