Four years ago, when i was about to turn 80, Ridley Scott was asked how he maintains enthusiasm. “It’s natural. It is part of my DNA, ”he replied. He also confessed that in 1979, when he was filming one of his masterpieces, Alien, I did not imagine that at this point I would continue in the race: “I did not think I would be filming. I’m still making movies: I’m privileged ”.
Now, on the verge of 84 (“I never think about that,” he says about age) he is loaded with different plans than what he has done so far in his already varied career. This was stated in a press conference during the Venice Film Festival, after the premiere of The last duel, his new movie.
The filmmaker’s plans
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jodie Comer and Ridley Scott, at the premiere of “The Last Duel” in Venice. Photo EFE
“I tend to look for stuff that I haven’t done before,” he said. “I am constantly looking for something that is fresh and different. I never did a musical. I never did a western. So I’m looking for them now. “Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer, stars of The last duel, who were present at the conference, joked about the matter.
But Scott seemed sincere in his enthusiasm for musicals, and pointed to All That Jazz and Cabaret as your favorites. He even returned to the topic to praise the pioneers of film musicals: “Gene Kelly was an athlete. So was Fred Astaire. After watching those guys do it, it seems like no one else is good enough. Until Cabaret and All That Jazz“.
A remarkable track record
In 1977, Ridley Scott made a great debut with The duelists, a period drama based on a short story by Joseph Conrad and starring Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine. Two years later the first of his masterpieces arrived: Alien, the eighth passenger, who changed the terror and space movies forever.
Thelma and Louise, one of the great works of Ridley Scott.
In 1982, the shock was for science fiction: with Blade Runner, Scott definitely etched his name in the bronze of the most influential directors in history. Since then, those two iconic genius have been copied over and over again.
Alien had three sequels and a couple of bastard children (both Alien vs. Predator), but his father resisted the temptation to play with his child again until 2012, with Prometheus, which takes place before the events of Alien.
The last duel
“Always I try not to repeat myself. Probably that’s the reason why I always avoided doing sequels: somehow, naturally you’re going to tend to repeat yourself, “he said at the premiere of Prometheus, in which he broke his own rule.
The trajectory supports it: throughout his formidable career he filmed everything, from a fantasy like Legend even an epic drama like Gladiator, going through classic dramas in the style of Thelma y Louise O All the money in the world.
The last duel is what Ridley Scott just premiered in Venice.
His new movie, The last duel, will premiere in Argentina on October 14. It is a story of betrayal and revenge set in France in the 14th century. Based on true events, the film “unravels long-standing assumptions about France’s latest sanctioned duel between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, two friends turned staunch rivals,” according to the official synopsis.
The story centers on an accusation by Marguerite de Carrouges (Comer), the wife of Jean de Carrouges (Damon), that Le Gris (Driver) sexually assaulted her. The fate of the three must be decided in a duel to the death.