List | Adrian Lyne – The classified films

We took advantage of the launch of deep waters, which marked Adrian Lyne’s return to the director’s chair after a huge 20-year hiatus, to do a special on the British director, bringing reviews on all of his short filmographies (feature films only). And now, of course, we could not complete this work without our traditional ranking movies.

But let’s start with the rules first:

  • This is a made list exclusively for me, Ritter fansole editor of site who has seen all of Lyne’s films recently. Therefore, all the praise and curses can be directed at me in the comments, remembering that the lists are subjective (as well as the reviews) and that I am a proponent of the “hit, taken” thesis;
  • To allow fair comparisons, I have limited myself to long led by the filmmaker. Therefore, his short films, music videos, and his only script-only work, Country roadsleft outside from the list;
  • Even though I wrote reviews for all but one movie (Fatal attraction), I decided to make specific comments to justify each placement. Full reviews can be read by clicking on the titles of the respective filmsas per usual.

Let’s go then? And send your lists!!!


Great original pop songs that became instant classics, beautiful and moving music videos for them, but frankly, not much else. Okay, even though this is just a collection of musical numbers, Adrian Lyne exudes his usual elegance and manages to make the empty script he had in his hands something that will hold the viewer’s interest. who appreciates the proposal: a musical that is not exactly a musical, but a succession of video clips commissioned to tell a simple story of overcoming. Cute, but nothing too special other than the soundtrack.

The film that marked Adrian Lyne’s return to directing after 20 years is an adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith and, although it is not exceptional, it has all the director’s classic signatures: reasonable erotic content, but always with good taste and elegance, a beautiful protagonist couple facing problems and a particular, almost dreamlike atmosphere. A typical Lyne, no doubt, but one that ends up getting too lost in its final third.

An immediately engaging and thought-provoking premise that’s terrifically crafted by the director until the big turning point. Then the film loses its initial breath and begins to take much less interesting paths that even involve hippos. Here again, the atmosphere and the protagonists captivate, the question posed by the film remaining in the head, but it is all the same a feature film by the British filmmaker, although good.

Adrian Lyne’s feature debut, which is reasonably overlooked in his filmography, I dare say, has performances excellent of a juvenile court headed by Jodie Foster and already shows the director’s ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, to extract naturalistic performances and to imprint an exquisite style on prosaic situations, with a light repetition of the natural sensuality of teenagers being teenagers. Without a doubt, an excellent start to a career in the seventh art.

The last film of the director before his two decades of absence from the cinema, Infidelity is a magnificent stage for one of the best performances of diane lane – perhaps the best – in an engaging, intriguing and briefly explosive film, with an open ending that may irritate as well as please many people. Once again, we have all the ingredients that mark Lyne’s career, but with a more mature touch.

Possibly the film responsible for labeling Adrian Lyne as a director of “erotic films”, 9 1/2 weeks of love it’s much more than that and it’s a shame that he suffers from this idiotic reductionism. And the worst part is that they think the movie is sexist and misogynistic like a lot of people thought when it was released, which ended up creating a misguided and unfair mystique. The strongly erotic relationship between a man and a woman takes on an elegant and clever take, with the filmmaker’s lens extracting great performances from mickey rourke and Kim Basinger, which only superficially places man in a position of dominance. But you only have to look a little below the surface to see that this is not the case.

There’s no way to adapt the classic novel by Vladimir Nabokov not be controversial, especially since, contrary to what happened with Stanley Kubrick, which was forced to escape heavy censorship, Adrian Lyne can show stronger scenes. But the failure of Lolita in theaters was absolutely unfair, because the filmmaker not only knew how to make a new adaptation essentially different from that of Kubrick, imprinting his own style, but also extracted fantastic performances from the main duo, in addition to tell the story in a relevant way. way, running on the razor’s edge, but never losing his temper.

A classic that earned Adrian Lyne the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, Fatal attraction is maybe theThriller in French erotic” par excellence, emphasizing the first part of the expression. Here, the director demonstrates absolute mastery in hooking the viewer almost immediately, then leading them into an increasingly claustrophobic dead-end maze that gradually builds up tension to its violent climax. And that’s not to mention that once again, he extracts excellent performances from the main duo, in particular Glenn Close in probably the most unforgettable role of his career.

And, first of all, Adrian Lyne’s film less Adrian Lyne which, however, seems almost a natural evolution of his career, combining an erotically charged – but naturally worked – relationship with a story that completely surrenders to the horror, but who is actually a Thriller in French psychology of the highest level. A film by the British director that inexplicably imploded at the box office, but which over the years has won the appreciation of an ever-growing legion of fans, in addition to having influenced the seventh art and also games video, oddly enough.

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