Brian de Palma, Dario Argento, Mike Oldfield are the first names which come to my mind when I think about artists who “lost it”.
There’s a recent documentary about Brian de Palma, where he smiles, admitting that many directors (himself, or Hitchcock) have a decay after a certain age. The end of their career approaches and the films aren’t this great anymore…
It’s so human, after all. Less steam… maybe? This seems complicated. What did they lose, after all? Let’s see :
- Less steam. The will to express vanishes with time. Youth gave the will and power to work.
- Less money. For some arts (like making movies), you need money, producers.
- Less ideas. Admitting there is a tank of ideas in one’s head…
- Disillusions and “so what”ness.
- The public changes. Young artists appear and make the other ones old.
- Bad choices. Like trying things (and failing) out of a domain (which is understandable, right?). See how Mike Oldfield stopped inventing his music after Amarok.
- Less success.
- Auto-sabotage (Orson Welles?).
All these weaved in a bad messy braid…
Some rare guys though, seem to constantly be reborn, they have like… different careers. Pablo Picasso, Miles Davis, Steven Spielberg?
More : what do we lose?
What is worse? To lose one’s wallet of enthusiasm, or to work senselessly like a headless hen?
Sorry for my English. Thanks for reading!