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Donald Cammell is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter Ecossais born on 17 january 1934 at Edinburgh (United-kingdom)

Donald Cammell

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Nationality Ecosse
Birth 17 january 1934 at Edinburgh (United-kingdom)
Death 24 april 1996 (at 62 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Donald Cammell est un réalisateur écossais né le 17 janvier 1934 et décédé le 24 avril 1996.

Biography

Né à Édimbourg, il est le fils du poète Charles Richard Cammell, qui a entre autres écrit une biographie d'Aleister Crowley, le célèbre occultiste. Aleister Crowley a d'ailleurs rencontré le jeune Donald à plusieurs occasions. Donald Cammell commence sa carrière dans la peinture, art pour lequel il montre quelques traits de génie. Portraitiste du swinging London (la Chelsea set), les portes du cinéma s'ouvrent alors à lui. Son premier film Performance (1968) est coréalisé avec Nicolas Roeg. Il raconte les déboires d'un gangster joué par James Fox qui rencontre le quotidien d'une rock star excentrique interprétée par Mick Jagger. De nature très sensible, se remarque très tôt un goût prononcé de Cammell pour les personnages excentriques qui se révèlent paradoxalement fragiles. On retrouvera ce type de personnages dans toute sa filmographie.

Donald Cammell n'est pas un réalisateur prolifique : son second film est réalisé sept ans plus tard. Il s'agit de Génération Proteus un film de science-fiction avec Julie Christie.

Dix ans plus tard, son film White of the Eye (1987) débute comme un giallo et se termine en survival. Il raconte l'histoire d'un père de famille Paul White, installateur de systèmes de son, accusé de crimes sanglants perpétrés contre des femmes. Ce long-métrage est célèbre pour son premier meurtre graphique, dont le témoin oculaire n'est autre qu'un poisson rouge. Nick Mason, le batteur de Pink Floyd a composé la bande originale du film dans laquelle se retrouvent également des airs d'opéra et le tube d'Hot Chocolate You Sexy Thing.

Ce film est en réalité une autobiographie déguisée de Donald Cammell, qui est rongé par la dépression (problèmes familiaux). La mauvaise réception de ce film n'aidera pas le réalisateur à lutter contre ses démons. Son film suivant et dernier film Wild side (1995) sera même coupé, ce qui donnera une raison pour le réalisateur d'en finir avec une vie qui l'empoisonne sans le moindre répit.

Usually with

Cassian Elwes
Cassian Elwes
(1 films)
Nicolas Roeg
Nicolas Roeg
(1 films)
James Fox
James Fox
(2 films)
Anne Heche
Anne Heche
(1 films)
Paul Martin
Paul Martin
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Donald Cammell (7 films)

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Actor

La Collectionneuse, 1h30
Directed by Éric Rohmer
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes La provence
Actors Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle, Mijanou Bardot, Dennis Berry, Néstor Almendros
Roles le garçon à Saint-Tropez
Rating74% 3.746263.746263.746263.746263.74626
Two friends, Daniel and Adrien, are invited to vacation at a mutual friend's house by the sea in Saint-Tropez while Rodolphe is away. When they arrive they discover another friend of Rodolphe's is also staying there, a very young woman named Haydée who turns up, often very late at night, with a different lover each time they see her. The solitary vacation each of the friends had envisioned for themselves is dashed on the rocks of Haydée whom they first resist but then can't resist and it's not clear who is really in control of this game of "collecting" relationships.

Director

Wild Side
Wild Side (1995)
, 1h36
Directed by Donald Cammell
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Christopher Walken, Joan Chen, Anne Heche, Steven Bauer, Allen Garfield, Candace Kita
Rating56% 2.803842.803842.803842.803842.80384
Alex est une employée de banque qui travaille comme call girl pour arrondir ses fins de mois. Après être sortie avec le criminel Bruno Buckingham, elle se voit contrainte de collaborer avec le FBI qui cherche à l'arrêter. Mais Alex et Virginia, la femme de Bruno, tombent amoureuses l'une de l'autre.
White of the Eye, 1h50
Directed by Donald Cammell, Cassian Elwes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, Art Evans, Michael Greene, Alberta Watson, William G. Schilling
Rating61% 3.0964553.0964553.0964553.0964553.096455
A series of murders of rich young women throughout Arizona bears distinctive signatures of a serial killer. Clues lead Detective Charles Mendoza to visit Paul White, a sound expert installing hi-fi systems in wealthy people's homes. His special talent is to make a noise which echoes through the air cavities in his head and shows him where the sound of the speakers should come from and echo in the room. He is married to Joan, whom, ten years earlier, he had seduced away from Mike DeSantos, who was her current boyfriend. Joan is questioned by Mendoza, but does not believe his insinuations that her husband is somehow involved in the murders.
Demon Seed
Demon Seed (1977)
, 1h34
Directed by Donald Cammell
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future
Actors Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, Robert Vaughn, Lisa Lu, Larry J. Blake
Rating62% 3.1478553.1478553.1478553.1478553.147855
Dr. Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver) is the developer of Proteus IV, an extremely advanced and autonomous artificial intelligence program. Proteus is so powerful that only a few days after going online, it develops a groundbreaking treatment for leukemia. Harris, a brilliant scientist, has modified his own home to be run by voice activated computers. Unfortunately, his obsession with computers has caused Harris to be estranged from his wife, Susan (Julie Christie).
Performance, 1h45
Directed by Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Musical, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, John Bindon, Ann Sidney, Allan Cuthbertson
Rating69% 3.450563.450563.450563.450563.45056
Chas (James Fox) is a member of an East London gang led by Harry Flowers (Johnny Shannon); his speciality is intimidation through violence as he collects pay-offs for Flowers. He is very good at his job, and has a reputation for liking it. His sexual liaisons are casual and rough. When Flowers decides to take over a betting shop, owned by Joey Maddocks (Anthony Valentine), he forbids Chas to get involved, as he feels Chas's complicated personal history with Maddocks (which is at least partly gay) may lead to trouble. Chas is angry about this and later humiliates Maddocks, who retaliates by wrecking Chas's apartment and attacking Chas. Chas shoots him, packs a suitcase and runs from the scene.

Scriptwriter

Wild Side
Wild Side (1995)
, 1h36
Directed by Donald Cammell
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Christopher Walken, Joan Chen, Anne Heche, Steven Bauer, Allen Garfield, Candace Kita
Roles Writer
Rating56% 2.803842.803842.803842.803842.80384
Alex est une employée de banque qui travaille comme call girl pour arrondir ses fins de mois. Après être sortie avec le criminel Bruno Buckingham, elle se voit contrainte de collaborer avec le FBI qui cherche à l'arrêter. Mais Alex et Virginia, la femme de Bruno, tombent amoureuses l'une de l'autre.
White of the Eye, 1h50
Directed by Donald Cammell, Cassian Elwes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, Art Evans, Michael Greene, Alberta Watson, William G. Schilling
Roles Writer
Rating61% 3.0964553.0964553.0964553.0964553.096455
A series of murders of rich young women throughout Arizona bears distinctive signatures of a serial killer. Clues lead Detective Charles Mendoza to visit Paul White, a sound expert installing hi-fi systems in wealthy people's homes. His special talent is to make a noise which echoes through the air cavities in his head and shows him where the sound of the speakers should come from and echo in the room. He is married to Joan, whom, ten years earlier, he had seduced away from Mike DeSantos, who was her current boyfriend. Joan is questioned by Mendoza, but does not believe his insinuations that her husband is somehow involved in the murders.
Tilt
Tilt (1979)
, 1h51
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Brooke Shields, Kenneth Marshall, Charles Durning, Lorenzo Lamas, John Crawford, Gregory Walcott
Rating53% 2.669662.669662.669662.669662.66966
The film open in Texas, where Neil Gallagher (Ken Marshall) challenges obese pinball champion Harold Remmens (Durning), appropriately nicknamed "The Whale," to a $400 match. When Neil gets caught cheating, he heads off to California, where he meets teen runaway Brenda "Tilt" Davenport (Shields), a 14-year-old pinball wizard. Neil watches as Tilt and the owner of Mickey's Bar hustle an unaware gambler in a game of pinball, and immediately decides to team up with her. He tells her that he is a hopeful country and western star and needs to raise money to make a demo tape of his songs. After hearing Neil's musical talent, she's impressed and agrees to help by traveling with him, raising cash with her pinball skills. When the two eventually end up back in his hometown, Neil sets up a $3500 game between Tilt and the Whale. However, he doesn't realize that Tilt has caught on to his lies and manipulation, and his big plans may not go as he hoped.
Performance, 1h45
Directed by Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Musical, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, John Bindon, Ann Sidney, Allan Cuthbertson
Rating69% 3.450563.450563.450563.450563.45056
Chas (James Fox) is a member of an East London gang led by Harry Flowers (Johnny Shannon); his speciality is intimidation through violence as he collects pay-offs for Flowers. He is very good at his job, and has a reputation for liking it. His sexual liaisons are casual and rough. When Flowers decides to take over a betting shop, owned by Joey Maddocks (Anthony Valentine), he forbids Chas to get involved, as he feels Chas's complicated personal history with Maddocks (which is at least partly gay) may lead to trouble. Chas is angry about this and later humiliates Maddocks, who retaliates by wrecking Chas's apartment and attacking Chas. Chas shoots him, packs a suitcase and runs from the scene.
Duffy
Duffy (1968)
, 1h41
Directed by Robert Parrish
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about families, Seafaring films, Transport films, Heist films
Actors James Coburn, James Mason, James Fox, Susannah York, John Alderton, Tutte Lemkow
Roles Story
Rating58% 2.9106352.9106352.9106352.9106352.910635
Duffy is a cunning aristocrat of criminals who is hired by Stefane, a young playboy, to hijack a boat carrying several million dollars of his father's fortune. The plot succeeds, with a little help from Segolene, Stefane's girlfriend - but also with an unexpected, sudden turn of events.