European Movie Stars' Master Classes: Alex Cox (UK)

About performance

British-American film director Cox is best known for two 1980s cult films: Repo Man (1984) and Sid and Nancy (1986). He fell from Hollywood favor after directing the spaghetti Western spoof Straight to Hell (1987) and the political satire Walker (1988). Since then, Cox has worked outside the studio system. This is the first authorized study of Cox, who, according to London writer Davies, was one of the first artists to inject a new punk sensibility into films. Some actors have labeled him a Fascist, a “master of deflection,“ a director who will keep actors „starved and naked in a cage all day, let them out once to be kicked, humiliated and abused in front of a camera and then throw them back in the cage again.” Cox discusses his controversial films, his hatred of Hollywood culture, his fondness for Mexican films, and his frustration in trying to mount the film version of Hunter Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Though it could use more biographical information and critical distance from the subject, this study is recommended for large collections on the independent film movement. (Stephen Rees, Levittown Regional Lib., PA. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Filmography: Edge City (aka: Sleep Is For Sissies, 40-minute student film, 1980), El Patrullero (aka: Highway Patrolman, 1992), Death And The Compass (1996), Three Businessmen (1998), Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999), Emmanuelle: A Hard Look (2000), Revengers Tragedy (2002), Mike Hama, Private Detective: Mike Hama Must Die! (2002), I'm a Juvenile Delinquent, Jail Me! (2004) Searchers 2.0 (2007).

The master-class is organized by the European Commission Delegation to Russia.