MAINTENANCE – The director of Driver and of 48 hours participates in the Reims polar festival. Relaxed meeting with a man of action.
At 80, he still has that blue gaze from which emerges a glint of sadness. The great Walter Hill, legendary Hollywood filmmaker of the 1970s and 1980s, celebrated in 2005 by the Cinémathèque française for his western-style action films, is passing through Paris.
The director of 48 hours, Driver, Extreme Prejudice or some night warriors was invited to the second edition of Reims polar (the first in physics) to show some unseen excerpts from his new film, Dead for a Dollar, a neo-western with Christoph Waltz which should be released on French screens in the fall. With humour, a touch of detachment and almost philosophical reflections, he looks back on his career… without forgetting to mention Will Smith’s slap at the Oscars.
LE FIGARO. – Why aren’t action movies still considered great cinema?
Walter Hill. – Part of the problem lies in the very definition of action film as a film genre. When a…