Abel Ferrara

Highest Rated: 100% The Projectionist (2019)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Blackout (1997)
Birthday: Jul 19, 1951
Birthplace: Not Available
Independent New York filmmaker Abel Ferrara became best-known for his low-budget, shockingly violent films that explore the roughest parts of the Big Apple and the darkest reaches of the human soul, with films such as China Girl (1987) -- his unique version of Romeo and Juliet -- generating a devoted following. Ferrara was born in the Bronx, but spent most of his childhood in Peekskill, NY, where he met the two young men who would eventually become his primary screenwriter (Nicholas St. John) and occasional consultant (John McIntyre). As boys, they would play around with 8 mm cameras. In the mid-'70s, the three reunited and founded Navaron Films, where they produced an adult film. In 1979, they released their most notorious film, Driller Killer, for which Ferrara starred, edited, and wrote the songs under the pseudonym Jimmie Laine. In this movie, a young man goes berserk and begins killing vagrants with a portable power drill. Ferrara continued making low-budget shockers until the late '80s. In addition to such brutally violent fare, the "Me Decade" also found Ferrara also helming such television shows as Miami Vice and Crime Story. Switching to more mainstream (although hardly more subtle) films, including The King of New York (1990), Bad Lieutenant (1992), and Body Snatchers (1994) in the 1990s, the director successfully retained his stylistic edge while gaining a somewhat wider audience. Not surprisingly, this trio of films proved Ferrara's most successful run to date and the director became something of a hot property among indie stars. In 1995, his metaphorical exploration of vampirism, The Addiction, won an award at the Berlin Film Festival. Always controversial, Ferrara's 1996 crime drama The Funeral seemingly split his longtime fanbase down the middle with half heralding the film as a gritty masterpiece and others dismissing it as a pale attemot to recapture the success of King of New York. Despite a somewhat impressive cast which included Beatrice Dalle, Matthew Modine and Dennis Hopper, the director's 1996 effort The Blackout did little to win over detractors of The Funeral. In 1998 Ferrara made the unusual choice of adapting a novel by cyberpunk legend William Gibson for the screen, as New Rose Hotel, and though the results were mixed few would argue that it was any worse than previous attempts to bring his writings to the screen (see 1995's Johnny Mnemonic). When Ferrara's muddled 2001 effort 'R X Mas failed to live up to the hype as his big comeback film, audience were widely left to wonder whether courting the mainstream had forever tainted Ferrara's formerly potent vision.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
73% Pasolini Screenwriter Director 2019
100% The Projectionist Director Actor 2019
86% Tommaso Director 2019
42% Black Butterfly Pat 2017
20% Alive in France Actor Director 2017
75% Welcome To New York Screenwriter Director 2015
7% Don Peyote Taxi Cab Driver 2014
90% Ms. 45 Director 1st Rapist 2013
48% 4:44 Last Day on Earth Screenwriter Director $16.2K 2012
80% Daddy Longlegs Robber 2010
71% Chelsea on the Rocks Director Actor Screenwriter 2009
No Score Yet Bandaged Executive Producer 2009
No Score Yet Napoli, Napoli, Napoli Director 2009
59% Mary Director Screenwriter 2008
68% Go Go Tales Screenwriter Director 2007
No Score Yet White Boy (Menace) Producer 2002
64% 'R Xmas Director Screenwriter 2001
19% New Rose Hotel Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet Subway Stories Director 1997
0% The Blackout Director 1997
79% The Funeral Director 1996
75% The Addiction Director 1995
31% Dangerous Game Screenwriter Director 1993
71% Body Snatchers Director 1993
77% Bad Lieutenant Director Screenwriter 1992
71% King of New York Director 1990
40% Cat Chaser Director Producer 1989
No Score Yet China Girl Director 1987
No Score Yet The Gladiator Director 1986
67% Fear City Director 1984
69% The Driller Killer Reno Director 1979

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
2013-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Director
  • 1985

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