Sunday, November 28, 2010

If more people knew what directors actually did, more people would know who Joseph Sargent was

I was watching White Lightning last night and marvelling as always at how well it captured the look and feel of my old stomping ground (Sling Blade is the only other film that comes close). William Norton's script has good ear and a sharp sense of detail (like the references to Junior Johnson), but the bulk of the credit here goes to Sargent.

This is all the more impressive when you realize that Sargent also directed one of the definitive New York City movies, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.