Like Schlesinger he was great with actors: Edith Evans in THE WHISPERERS, Kim Stanley in SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, Leslie Caron in L-SHAPED ROOM (with its early fair treatment of gay characters) - all 3 Oscar-nominated as Best Actress; and his pal Katharine Hepburn leading that great cast in THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, a terrible flop at the time in 1969, but an amusing oddity now.
|Masina, Hepburn, Evans, Leighton in CHAILLOT|
The original STEPFORD WIVES remains terrific, probably the best of his later films, review at '70s label, (lets draw a veil over INTERNATIONAL VELVET and THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE, entertaining enough but doomed efforts to re-capture that family audience back in the '70s). THE RAGING MOON, 1970, has its admirers too, with his wife "the lovely" Nanette Newman, who was in all his films, and KING RAT in 1966 is a terrific war movie - no Nanette there though!
He also wrote "Ned's Girl" a nice biography of Edith Evans, who was a personal friend. He also wrote a nice piece on Katharine Hepburn back in 1969...
As my friend PEPLUM put it: His creations inspired an entire generation of moviegoers AND fx aficionados movie-makers like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg whom went on, on their own terms, to change the face of cinema as we know, for better or for worse.
The prism and pyramids poster inserts (I had them on the wall) for "Dark Side of the Moon" and the man on fire for "Wish You Were Here" and the Battersea Power Station of "Animals" were in so many record collections back in the '70s, the great era of gatefold albums and album cover art, as designed by Thorgerson and Hipgnosis, the graphic group he co-founded in '68, later diversifying into music videos. Pink Floyd called him "a graphic genius".