Joel Schumacher: career as an American film director
Joel Schumacher is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He was widely known after the release of a number of films: “The Fires of Saint Elmo” (1985), “The Lost Boys” (1987), “Komatozniki” (1990), “The Client” (1994), “Enough with Me” (1993), “Time to kill ”(1996),“ Batman and Robin ”(1997),“ Eight millimeters ”(1999) and many others. Winner of one of the highest awards in the cinema "Golden Bear" (annual film festival, held in Berlin).
Schumacher brought fame to such actors as Colin Farrell (“The Land of the Tigers,” the role is Private Roland Bozz), Kiefer Sutherland (“The Lost Boys,” the role is David) and Matthew McConaughey (“Time to kill,” the role is Jake Tyler Brigens). These people successfully started in the cinema, collaborating with Joel.
Films by Joel Schumacher
The film about superhero Batman - Batman & Robin (in 1997) presented by Schumacher received a negative assessment from the public and film critics. After that, Joel pulled away from the blockbusters and returned to the creation of minimalist films such as The Land of Tigers (2000), The Phantom of the Opera (2004),"The fatal number 23" (2007) and several episodes of the series House of Cards (2013). The filmography of the director has 25 works from 1978 to 2013.
Biography and interesting facts
Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York. His mother was a Swedish Jew, while his father was a Knoxville Baptist (Tennessee). The future film director studied at the Parsons school of art and design, and then graduated from the Fashion Institute in New York. After several years of working in the fashion industry, he realized that his true passion was cinema. After moving to Los Angeles, Joel got a job as a costume designer in a movie. His first works were implemented in the films of Woody Allen "Sleeping" (1977) and "Interiors" (1978).
Schumacher’s first screenplay (with Howard Rosenman) was created for the Sparkle musical drama in 1976. Joel also wrote a screenplay for the low-cost hit film The Wash (1976), and two years later became a screenwriter for the film Visa. His directorial debut took place in the 1981 film The Incredible Shrinking Woman, the main character of which was actress Lily Tomlin.
Joel Schumacher: "Batman and Robin"
Everyone knows that the film Schumacher, dedicated to superhero Batman, is considered to be quite a failure. The director was subjected to great criticism from connoisseurs of the art of cinema.The first superhero film called “Batman Forever,” released in 1995, was quite successful and popular. This picture was nominated three times for an Oscar, and fees worldwide have exceeded $ 336 million.
Be that as it may, but the second film, which was released in 1997, was completely trampled by the negative reviews of connoisseurs. In 2015, Joel publicly apologized for his film, which premiered 20 years ago. Such famous actors as Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney and Uma Thurman were involved in the main roles of the film. And, actually, Schumacher apologized to all the superhero fans for this job.
Favorite Actors Joel T. Schumacher
In his films, the director often uses such actors as Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Michael Paul Chan, Nicolas Cage, John Deal, Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Colin Farrell and Shea Wyaham. These people are frequent acting characters in Schumacher’s films.
In addition to the actors, Joel has other favorites. For example, Harry Gregson-Williams often writes music for his films, and Mark Stevens is a favorite screenwriter.
Personal life and sexual orientation
The film director never ignored his unconventional orientation. Joel Schumacher is a homosexual. According to many experts in the field of cinema, precisely because of Schumacher’s homosexual views, the film “Batman and Robin” turned out to be a dramatic failure. Some episodes show close-ups of male genitalia, and the jokes that sounded there only identify one thing - homosexuality. It’s hard not to agree. One has only to look at the costume of Batman, which is very expressive nipples.