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Who is Guy Ritchie?  发帖心情 Post By:2009/5/1 17:30:29 [只看该作者]

Who is Guy Ritchie?
  Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999)
  Snatch (2000)
  The Hire: Star (2001)
  Swept Away (2002)
  Revolver (2005)
  RocknRolla (2008)
  Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  Though he may have enjoyed cultivating his image as a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, British filmmaker Guy Ritchies roots are steeped in Englands upper class. Nonetheless, Ritchie has directed some of the most stylish caper comedies about blue collar thugs and other lower class misfits ever to emerge from his native land. Hes also famous for being Madonnas husband – or was, as the two have recently divorced.
  Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK in 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was to make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. Instead, he made his own kind of films.
  After he dropped out of school, Ritchie got a job which proved to be the start of his film career. The profits that he made from directing promos was invested into writing and making the film The Hard Case (1995), which is a twenty minute short film about a group of blue-collar lads entering a high-stakes poker game. This film demonstrated his fine-tuned ear for working class dialects and penchant for deftly crafted plots centered in the criminal world. Most important, The Hard Case attracted the attention of Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, who invested into his first feature film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Starting with this movie, Ritchie arrived onto the filmmaking landscape with a unique twist on an old genre that gainfully employed flashy camera moves, punchy dialogue tinged with thick Cockney accents, and a seemingly endless series of double-crosses that landed a motley crew of East End thugs in more trouble than they ever wanted. But once the film was completed, the hard task of getting it distributed then came about, with ten British distributors all turning it down before the film eventually got the attention of Tom Cruise, who saw a screening and laughed his head off. The film finally received distribution in the United States. 在辍学之后,盖•里奇找了份工作,后来被认为是他电影职业生涯的开始。他拍广告片所赚到的钱全都用于投资编写和拍摄《The Hard Case》——一部20分钟的短片,讲述的是一群下层的混混卷入一个暴利的纸牌赌博游戏。这部电影展示了他对工人阶级方言的高超模仿力以及对熟练剪辑以犯罪世界为中心的故事情节的强烈嗜好。最重要的是,《The Hard Case》吸引了斯汀的妻子朱蒂•斯蒂勒的注意,随后她投资了盖•里奇的第一部电影《两杆大烟枪》。从这部电影开始,盖•里奇凭借着对旧电影类型独一无二的改编和颠覆能力开始进军电影界。他巧妙地大量使用快镜头和喋喋不休的伦敦腔对白来营造整个伦敦东区世界。他的主角们都是一群流氓,通过一系列出卖欺骗,把自己陷进了无法想象的困境之中。但电影刚拍摄结束时,他遇到了最大的难题——如何发行,而英国十家发行商都拒绝发行这部影片,直到它引起了汤姆•克鲁斯的注意。他在观看了影片后狂笑不止。最终,影片在全美发行。
  His second feature film was Snatch (2000), which was a return to the familiar territory of low-life thugs and working-class gangsters all haphazardly vying against each other for some seemingly unobtainable prize. This time he had a bigger budget and a few more famous faces such as Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro, as well as with a couple of stars returning from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels such as Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and Jason Flemyng. It was also a success, taking a record £3 million on its first weekend, but some critics complained it was nothing more than a variation on his previous film.
  It was about this time that Ritchie married American music legend Madonna, who is nearly a decade older than him. The celebrated couples first product was the controversial music video for Madonnas hit song What It Feels Like for a Girl, which many other stations refused to air because it depicted Madonna engaging in numerous forms of over-the-top violence. The two reteamed for the fast-paced and mildly amusing short film, Star (2001), which was part of an eight-episode series of high-profile vignettes for BMW. Then they hit the big screen together the following year when Ritchie directed his wife in the romantic comedy Swept Away (2002), a dismal remake of Lina Wertmuller's 1974 Italian film of the same title, in which Madonna plays a spoiled rich woman marooned on a deserted island with a spirited sailor. The movie earned five Golden Raspberry Awards, a mocking equivalent of the Oscars for bad movies, including Worst Actress, Worst Director and Worst Picture.
  这时候盖•里奇与美国的音乐传奇人物麦当娜结婚了,麦当娜比他要大上10岁。这对名人夫妻的首部作品就是备受争议的麦当娜主打歌《What It Feels Like for a Girl》的音乐录影带,多家电台拒绝播放,因为其中描绘了麦当娜从事多种极端暴力行为。这对夫妻重新组合在一起拍摄了一个快节奏的有趣短片《明星》,这是为宝马新款跑车拍摄的八个短篇之一。第二年,他们又凭借盖•里奇导演、麦当娜主演的浪漫喜剧《浩劫妙冤家》冲击大银屏,这是一部改编自里娜•韦特缪勒1974年拍摄的意大利同名电影的拙劣之作,其中麦当娜扮演了一个身陷荒岛的富家女和一个英勇的船员的故事。该影片获得了五项金草莓奖(一个模仿奥斯卡金像奖、向劣片致敬的颁奖典礼),其中包括最烂女演员、最烂导演和最烂影片奖。
  It was hardly the kind of reception Ritchie was used to. Ritchie was unable to shake off the bad vibes after directing his next film, Revolver (2005), a dense, pretentious and just plain dull return to gangland. Because Ritchie layered the film with numerous hidden spiritual, mystical and psychological references, even star Jason Statham had to watch the film several times until he felt he finally got it. But of the few who did, most only watched once and panned the overly-complicated film outright. This film was both a critical and commercial disappointment.
17:30 2009-5-1ryedu.net
  In 2008, Ritchie directed a commercial for Nike called Take It to the Next Level. Then he directed his third London gangster movie, Rocknrolla (2008), which was exemplified by Ritchies sharp return to his former film style. Now Ritchie is making a new movie, Sherlock Holmes.
  2008年,盖•里奇为耐克拍摄了广告片《Take It to the Next Level》。然后他又导演了第三部关于伦敦黑帮的片子《摇滚帮》,这是他迅速回归到以前电影风格的标志。现在盖•里奇正在拍摄新片《福尔摩斯》。
  Unique Filmic Style
  Like his more famous American counterpart, Quentin Tarantino, Ritchie has established a unique filmic style. Lets examine some aspects of it.
  Like television, postmodern movies and films are a mainstay of mass-market American culture, utilising a variety of techniques to create a sense of fragmented narratives and convey the often surreal realities of contemporary life. The range of independent films to big budget Hollywood blockbusters all exhibit many of the postmodern motifs shared by other art forms. In Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Ritchie uses lots of descriptions and narrations of life to express the central references of postmodernism.
  Ritchies movies have fragmented plots and a multi-line narrative, much like Tarantinos.Whereas Tarantino tends to divide the plot into several clear parts and then do cross development, Ritchie prefers to have multiple viewpoints on a single scene, such as the crash scene in Smash.They also rely heavily on coincidence. In Ritchies films, anything is possible, and coincidences can send characters lives to Hell – or Heaven.
  Quick Montage
  A montage is short sequence of clipped images or actions shown in fast motion, accompanied by sound effects. Richie often reverses cause and effect, introducing the result before telling the reason, which adds a kind of black humor to his works. Multiple characters and intersecting storylines at high speed confuse the sequence of time and convey a powerful, exciting experience to the viewer.
  Ritchies movies are very frequently violent, often casually so. This has caused them to be banned or censored in several countries, but his fans claim it conveys the lifestyle the characters, often criminals, lead, as well as adding a kinetic excitement to the films.
  Ritchies films are extremely British, both in their use of dry, ironic humor, and in their choice of music. He always prefers to use contemporary British groups, drawing on the rich London music scene. He also makes great use of local color, from the harsh Cockney accents of his characters to the dark streets of the East End of London.
  Guy Ritchie in China
  In China, there is a young director who has been called China's Guy Ritchie, Ning Hao. Most moviegoers know his last movie Crazy Stone, which is about a precious jade piece, and those who want to protect or steal it, but now his new movie Crazy Racer has drawn attention in China. This latest film is a bit more convoluted than Crazy Stone, featuring five groups and more than 10 characters. These characters lives are interwoven with others in unimagined but convincing and comical ways.
  We have seen multiple characters and intersecting storylines in several Western films, such as Pulp Fiction, but this is the first film by a Chinese director to use this style. With so much switching and double-switching, coincidences and chance encounters this could be very confusing, but Ning believes audiences won't have trouble understanding the plot despite its complications. Replaying events from different perspectives give the viewer time to digest the intricacy of the situations while enjoying the flash, colourful cinematography. The other thing is there are no big-name stars. However, this kind of low-budget style attracts the audiences eye, so that the director can find his own comedy pace and style.
  Perhaps Ning Hao copies Ritchies style too directly, though, and it may not survive after this movie. In Crazy Race, the ending is rather weak, with no twists or surprises. We hope that hell develop his range further in his own movies, however. Ritchie suffers from the same problem; none of his later movies can really compare to Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.
  Now Ritchie is busy working on his new movie Sherlock Holmes - based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous super-sleuth – which sees Holmes engage in a homoerotic relationship with his sidekick Dr. Watson. Robert Downey Jr. - who plays the crime-busting detective opposite Jude Law's Doctor Watson – said, Were two men (Holmes and Watson) who happen to be room-mates, wrestle a lot and share a bed. According to reports, Sherlock is seen sharing a bed with Dr. Watson. They're also shown doing some down home 'man-to-man' wrestling! Perhaps this bold new homoerotic approach to a Victorian classic will spark a new style, and more successes, for this filmmaker.
  17:31 2009-5-1