“The important thing for me is structure, because I have to be clear about structure,” says Rian Johnson. “I’m interested in characters, and the first thing I do is define them”, admits Javier Ruiz Caldera. Both filmmakers have released their last two works on Netflix, and curiously they are matched in the classicism of their stakes and their perfect integration into one genre, thriller (Some critics consider the term synonymous with film noir; others, on the other hand, recognize its connection, though they reject their symbiosis). so you can both answer keys to make a thriller What elements are necessary to follow the canons of classic and style and be successful.
Johnson (Silver Spring, Maryland, age 49) is back in his Agatha Christie cocktail—a Hercule Poirot portrayal for new times—and in modernity Dagger in the Back: The Secret of the Glass Onion And whodunit (the English word that contracts in the manual’s phrase “who did”). Ruiz Caldera (46 years old Villadecans) brings to the screen man of action The life of Lucio Urtubia, an anarchist bank robber and swindler, a Spanish Robin Hood who held up Citibank in France in the eighties, a man who fulfills the Anglo-Saxon proverb Larger than life to remember his life full of little episodes of thriller, Ruiz Caldera has taken up this genre, making a play of Russian dolls and moving away from the documentaries that had already seen Urtubia’s exploits.
Johnson emphasizes the importance of structure, “because from it the action, the theme, and the characters are derived.” “In spite of everything”, assures the American, “it seems fundamental to me that for the public the film should not be a journey, a promenade, an enigma. Above all, in a Thriller whodunit. Cards must be clear, cheating is not worth it. Because you can’t stop the viewer from making a decision, rather the plot should move forward smoothly. In Ruiz Caldera’s case, the challenge was “In general, people’s lives have little to do with cinema, and it is a film.” For this reason, he rebuilt the characters and opted for a structure similar to Johnson’s. “The thriller It has to work in yes or no. You can’t put band-aids on. So either you subject yourself to it, or dedicate yourself to another genre”, he says. “There are many Lucios, we bet on one. An indispensable element for a hero in this genre?” Charisma without a doubt.”
since it’s not the first thriller, Nor is the second, by Johnson, his experience adding to his inquiries in this style. “It’s true, I’m changing my approach to style. It can add more and more layers of complexity, and yet I feel that my commitment to making riding more enjoyable for the public grows every day. that in the last move they don’t feel they’ve been cheated”, he recalls before confessing: “Actually, in a more or less way, all my films proceed along that path, although I Prefer not to be very conscious about it, because I don’t want to repeat myself as a filmmaker. Ruiz Caldera said: “Because of how the Spanish industry works, they’ve only commissioned comedies from me. And I wanted to go out, take risks, enjoy genres like Thriller. man of action There is almost no comedy in it. pre existing malnazidos drama, action and thriller Inside a zombie movie. I am a director as much as a viewer: I believe in genres and in playing with them. man of action impressed by Lucio’s charisma, and so are his antagonists and their canonical MacGuffins”.
in this new installment of dagger in the back Her last screen appearance stars Angela Lansbury, and that ties her to the series. It has written crime, Another audiovisual product influenced by Agatha Christie. “I’m so happy and proud of that connection in that weird little moment. Plus, I was able to meet her, because I went to her house to explain how we were going to film her appearance, Which is done in the script through a group call. I like Lansbury’s description, it brings more layers”, he assured.
All for tricks, nothing for story
over time, the thriller Changes have been taking place in the history of cinema. Some elements have been reduced, others have increased in importance. “At present, the last move is somewhat over, the impression being that in whodunits Let resolution prevail over story, when that’s the hardest part of screenwriting”, says Johnson. “You can never lose the audience’s attention under any circumstances.” Another exaggerated description: “fitting the actors into the characters . You can’t write like this, but first you create the characters and then we’ll see which interpreter fits. Sometimes I see it, and it dawns on me.” The great French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville served as guide in Ruiz Caldera’s film. “His mark remains to this day. And that David Vs. goliath subspecies [en el caso de Urtubia, su falsificación de cheques de viaje lleva a Citibank al borde del abismo]… The reflection of a certain morality, a sense of decency, which was present in Melville’s cinema, is lost in the cinema. In my case, since Lucio was that type, he fits into these codes of conduct.
for both delivery dagger in the back, Its creators believe that its great base is literature. “My context is so clear, why underline it”, he explains of Poirot and Agatha Christie. “In cinema, my approach is also classic. For the former I based myself upon those intrigues in the libraries of New England; for another i thought death on the nile with Peter Ustinov”, before adding: “This time there is a bigger pirate”. Says a filmmaker whose debut film, Brick (2005), was an excellent homage to film noir that adapted the world portrayed by Dashiell Hammett.
Which creators do you use as a reference? “Well, most of them are television. Series from other times like it has written crime as current afterparty hey Only murders in the building. My heart melts just watching Steve Martin solve a crime. Finally, of course, Kenneth Branagh’s version of Poirot. And you can always count on the BBC to watch the good thriller”, Answer Johnson. Ruiz Caldera’s direction was another: the polar, French Film Noir. “The older I get, the less references I use, but the wool marks man of action, Among other things because it takes place in a dirty, cloudy Paris, Melville-style. It’s just that all this comes from the character, who, on the one hand, complies with the classic rules, but on the other, he is a Mason! And it never stopped. Nobody with cemented hands has ever acted thriller, And it fascinated me.”
every day, the lover adventure They feel more abandoned in cinema: the movies that now claim that genre label are actually thrillers or action with a twist ending. Ruiz Caldera believes so: “And that’s why these bets are appreciated.” Johnson is clear: “This is an adult audience that looks for its movies and can’t find whodunits, Some. And I’ve never understood why. when i released the first dagger in the back, I’ve got more love for bringing back the genre than the film itself.”
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