Nicolas Roeg, the prominent British director who is known for making provocative films and working with rock stars Mick Jagger and David Bowie in a career of six decades, has passed away. He was 90.
The director of "Do not Look Now" and many other films died Friday night, his son, Nicolas Roeg Jr., told the British press association.
"He was a real father," Roeg Jr. said. "He just had his 90th birthday in August."
He did not provide any details about the death of his father during a short phone call.
Roeg worked with Jagger in "Performance" and Bowie in "The Man Who Fell to Earth." Bowie played an alien that crashed to earth in search of a way to save his own planet.
Roeg & # 39; s "Do not Look Now" in 1973 is considered one of his most notable successes. It is also remembered for the realistic sex scene between stars Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.
Roeg's latest major film was "The Witches", in 1990, starring Anjelica Huston.
The British Film Institute has named "Do not Look Now" and "Performance" two of the biggest films in the UK's top 100 film poll.
The institute paid tribute to Roeg in a tweet: "RIP to Nicolas Roeg, a pioneering film crew who has created some of the most moving moments of beauty, terror and sadness." A real big one if there ever was one. "
He worked in directing after winning acclaim as a filmmaker. He began his career as an assembly student in 1947 – under his duties was serving tea.
He said that he could not understand how someone could become a director without first working in cinematography.
Roeg did not believe in careful planning when it came to scripts and recording schedules, preferred to give himself the space to maneuver and improvise if necessary. He liked to say that God laughed at people who made too many detailed plans.
"I shoot a lot of things," he once said in an interview for the book "Talking Movies." I think that's probably because I did not go to the film school. Things work automatically. You've lost the showmanship thing, the fairground barker, the come-see-what & # 39; s-inside aspect of filmmaking when you're trying to plan everything for the public. "
Roeg, who was born in London, worked on several famous films, including "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Fahrenheit 451" before taking the lead in 1970.
Roeg was married three times and had six children.