With his debut film "Boyz N the Hood" was coined by John Singleton, the American cinema of the nineties and paved the way for the New Black Cinema.obituary of David Steinitz
At the Oscar ceremony in 1992, competed cinema giants. In the category of Best Director Ridley Scott was nominated for "Thelma & Louise", Oliver Stone for "JFK - Tatort Dallas", Barry Levinson for his gangster drama "Bugsy," and Jonathan Demme for "the Silence of the lambs" - what a Year.
these four experienced Hollywood veteran, had smuggled a young film school graduate, successfully, had just finished Uni and his feature film debut "Boyz N the Hood - boys in the quarter," rotated.
John Singleton was only 24 years of age, the youngest ever at the Oscars-nominated film Director. But most of all he was in 1992! - the first African-American nominated for Best Director.
Jonathan Demme for "the Silence of the lambs Won eventually". But the influence, the Singleton with "Boyz N the Hood" about a youth in the dangerous L. A.-city district of South Central to the American cinema of the nineties, would have, should be much larger.
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Singleton was born in 1968 in Los Angeles, he grew up alternately with the father, a mortgage broker, and mother, a industry woman at the time of purchase. After he had completed in 1986, the high school, he was accepted into the screenwriting seminar of the University of Southern California, one of the most important film schools in the country. While still a student, he won so many prizes at the University of the Creative Artists Agency took him under contract before someone else do. The CAA is one of the "Big Four" of the greatest American artists of the agencies.
And so it was that Singleton was able to sell with the beginning of the 20th a script to Columbia Pictures, and the Studio bosses trusted the Newcomer so much that they let him also directing.
The end result was on the one hand, a typical debut film, because Singleton told a gently fictionalized Version of his own youth. On the other hand, Boyz N the Hood "" everyday America, which had been in the Hollywood cinema so far, so good, such as hushed - the black youth in the witches ' cauldrons of big cities.
Singleton turned not in the Studio, but only at the original locations. He had Truffaut and his great role models in European auteur cinema, Vittorio De Sica and Francois, copied, in order to give the story authenticity. In addition, he is occupied with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube, two of the future Stars of the New Black Cinema. To became its most influential figures, Singleton soon as well. His reputation as a star Director, he reiterated with "Poetic Justice" (1993, with Janet Jackson in the main role) and "Higher Learning - The rebel" (1995).
This Power wanted to make lots of producers for the blockbuster cinema to its advantage, which is why Singleton in the zero years, levels a couple of Budget to the top was added. With Samuel L. Jackson, he directed the 2000 Remake of "Shaft", the icon of the Blaxploitation cinema of the Seventies, and with Mark Wahlberg in the Thriller "Four brothers" (2005).
What a nifty flair for the Assembly and Timing he had in these action movies, was in 2011 in "Abduction - Breathless", where you had the "Twilight"actor Taylor Lautner on the eye down. Singleton brought the art piece ready to stage an excellent action movie to his miserable main characters around, without that it struck the spectators too negative.
The cinema, said he would like to, is his "rite of passage" rite of passage. 17. April he suffered a stroke and was treated in a hospital in Los Angeles. A few days later, the family, the life decided to stop to stop action. On Monday, John Singleton has died at the age of 51 years.