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‘Restless’ Director Gus Van Sant Talks About Death, Movies, and ‘Twilight’

Gus Van Sant has had a peculiar cinematic career. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, he made his name with a series of indie movies such as “Mala Noche,” “Drugstore Cowboy” and “My Own Private Idaho.” They were groundbreaking tales of hustlers and drug addicts on the gritty down-and-out of side of Portland Oregon, but told with a sense of whimsy and playfulness.

With the huge critical and commercial success of “Idaho,” Van Sant was soon wooed by Hollywood. His 1997 movie “Good Will Hunting” got him his first nomination for an Oscar. Instead of following up this success with something that would solidify his standing as an A-list director though, Van Sant made one of the most curious studio flicks in Hollywood history: a shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock’s classic “Psycho.” The end product baffled audiences and was largely panned by critics. It felt more like an expensive art project. Continue reading ‘‘Restless’ Director Gus Van Sant Talks About Death, Movies, and ‘Twilight’’


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