At the ripe old age of 93, Clint Eastwood returned to the film set last year to direct a new film, the 40th of his long and prolific career. The legendary Hollywood cowboy is far from the only director of his generation to delay his retirement age. Here are 15 filmmakers who are still filming after turning 80.
Martin Scorsese (81 years old)
At 81 years old, the famous American filmmaker still has projects on his mind. He is currently immersed in a promotional campaign aimed at promoting the candidacy of his latest film, The American noteat the Oscars, the director of Taxi driver and the Released is preparing a new feature film about Jesus.
Clint Eastwood (93 years old)
A key figure in American cinema for nearly 70 years, the legendary actor and filmmaker filmed the legal drama last year. Jury #2son 40my feature film as director, announced as his last film. Starring Toni Collette, Nicholas Hoult and Kiefer Sutherland, Jury #2 should hit theaters later in 2024.
Ridley Scott (86 years old)
Although he celebrated his 86my birthday last November, the veteran British filmmaker doesn’t seem willing to slow down. In addition to recently releasing the historical drama NapoleonDirector of Bounty hunter and Alien He is currently filming the sequel to his film. Gladiatorexpected in theaters next November.
Denys Arcand (82 years old)
First Quebec filmmaker to win the Oscar for best foreign language film (in 2004 for Barbarian Invasions), Director of Decline of the American empire Last October he released a new satirical comedy, Will, which achieved great box office success. In the interviews she gave last fall, Denys Arcand did not close the door to the idea of shooting another film.
Paul Verhoeven (85 years old)
After the sulfurous Blessedreleased in 2021, the director of Basic instinct and Full withdrawal recently announced that he was preparing a new erotic thriller, young sinner, with his former accomplice Robocop, screenwriter Ed Neumeier. This would be his first film shot in the United States since hollow man, in 2000.
Alanis Obomsawin (91 years old)
In more than 50 years of career, the multidisciplinary filmmaker and artist of Abenaki origin has made 65 films in which she has documented the hopes and historical struggles of indigenous peoples. Last fall, she released a 12-disc DVD box set that brings together 28 of her most notable films. The fact that she is the only woman on our list shows how dominated the industry was by men.
David Cronenberg (80 years old)
Two years after the premiere of his science fiction thriller The crimes of the future, Last year, the famous Canadian filmmaker filmed a new film with actors Vincent Cassel and Diane Kruger. According to the latter, it would be a very personal work for Cronenberg since the director would have been inspired by his life with his wife, who died of cancer seven years ago.
Woody Allen (88 years old)
Despite the controversies and accusations of sexual assault launched by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen continues making films. The 88-year-old filmmaker premiered his 50th film last September at the Venice Film Festival.my film career, Stroke of lucka romantic comedy starring Lou de Laagence, Melvil Poupaud and Niels Schneider.
Francis Ford Coppola (84 years old)
Director ofApocalypse now and the trilogy The Godfather He recently completed filming his next feature film, Megalopolisan ambitious science fiction film that he has been working on since the late 1980s. Coppola had not directed a film since Twixtin 2012.
Michael Mann (80 years old)
After a hiatus of several years, Michael Mann returned to the film sets last year to direct the biographical drama. ferrarihis first film since black hat, in 2015. The director of Collateral and Ali He is also preparing a sequel to his famous action film. Heat.
Roman Polanski (90 years old)
The accusations of sexual assault that he has been subject to for more than 40 years have never prevented Roman Polanski from continuing to direct films. Persona non grata in Hollywood, the director of Pianist and The rosemary baby He shot his last feature film in Switzerland, with an international cast (Mickey Rourke, John Cleese, Fanny Ardant). Noble The palacethe film was screened out of competition in Venice last September.
Stephen Frears (82 years old)
Less than a year after the premiere of his dramatic comedy The lost kingthe British filmmaker to whom we owe the films The Queen and dangerous friendships signed to direct a new HBO series, The regimethat actress Kate Winslet will wear.
Hayao Miyazaki (83 years old)
After announcing his retirement about ten years ago, the master of Japanese animated cinema offered a gift to moviegoers by releasing a new film last month. The boy and the heron.. According to his producer, Miyazaki is already working on other film projects.
Fernand Dansereau (95 years old)
After having made a documentary trilogy about aging, Fernand Dansereau is finishing a film “that looks like a testament,” he said recently Duty. film director The Golden and series writer caleb’s daughters He is also working on a new novel and an exhibition of his paintings.
Claude Lelouch (86 years old)
This sacred monster of French cinema turned 51 last summermy feature film, Finally… or the madness of feelings, which he announces as his last film. For this new feature film, the director ofA Man and a Woman and Adventure is adventure.is surrounded by several stars, including Kad Merad, Michel Boujenah and Sandrine Bonnaire.