NEGATIVE SPACE #12: Dante’s peak


Dante Spinotti will never shoot an ugly frame, but in recent years his choice of projects has been unfortunate, to say the least. I can forgive a D.P. of his stature for taking on a project that stars Salma Hayek in bikini (that’s the reason I rented the bloody movie), but why bother polishing uninspired fare like The Family Man? As His Royal Badness once put it: “I just hate to see an erection go to waste.”


2 Responses to NEGATIVE SPACE #12: Dante’s peak

  1. Dan Geiser says:

    I’d have to say his choice in projects has always been a little questionable…

    He followed up Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986) with Crimes of the Heart (1986) , Bob Clark’s From the Hip (1987) starring Judd Nelson. Illegally Yours (1988), Beaches (1988) and The Comfort of Strangers (1990). I haven’t seen nor could I watch those last 5 films.

    He then had a nice run from Frankie and Johnny up to The Wonder Boys and then got involved with Rhett Bratner which begat The Family Man, Red Dragon, After the Sunset and X-Men: The Last Stand.

    If anything he seems to be loyal to his directors…

    Michael Mann, 4 Films
    Brett Ratner, 4 Films

    Garry Marshall, 3 Films

    Michael Apted, 2 Films
    Giacomo Battiato, 2 Films
    Bruce Beresford, 2 Films
    Curtis Hanson, 2 Films

  2. Peet says:

    As I recall, The Comfort of Strangers is pretty good. But you’re right, his filmography is wildly inconsistent.

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