Telluride Review: Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go

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A lot of you probably might not recognize Mark Romanek‘s name, but you’ve almost certainly seen his work. He was probably one of the best music video directors to come out of the 1990′s. His videos have included Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer”, “Scream” – Michael Jackson’s grammy award winning collaboration with sister Janet Jackson (at $7 million, it might forever hold the title as the most expensive music video ever made), Janet Jackson’s “Got ‘Til It’s Gone”, Johnny Cash’s gut-wrenching cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”, En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind”, Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut”, Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”.

His 2002 feature film One Hour Photo is probably best known for Robin Williams’ dramatic turn. While the film is beloved by cinephiles, it pretty much went under the radar of mainstream audiences. It did however gain Romanek a lot of the respect in the movie industry. His follow-up, a big screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro‘s novel Never Let Me Go, premiered at the 37th Telluride Film Festival. The book was named one of TIME’s 100 Best Novels (from 1923 to the Present), featured on many top ten books of 2005 lists, and a finalist in the National Book Critic Circle Award.

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There’s been a few little bits of interesting Mark Romanek business hit the web in recent days and I think a quick round up is in order.

Firstly, Mark Salisbury wrote a piece for Time Out on The Wolfman, giving some clues as to why Romanek left the project and how the picture changed when Joe Johnston came on board. Suffice to say, the article supports my suspicions that had Romanek been supported by the studio, the finished film would have benefited.

More recently, Romanek published a couple of interesting pictures to his Posterous account. You can see them both below the break as well as what we might surmise from them.

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