Review of ‘The Storms of Jeremy Thomas’: an obsessed man | ET REALITY


If you know a certain vein of transgressive independent cinema, you probably know the films of producer Jeremy Thomas, even if you don’t know his name: “Sexy Beast” by Jonathan Glazer, “The Last” by Bernardo Bertolucci. Emperor,” Nagisa Oshima’s “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” with David Bowie, and several works by David Cronenberg and Nicolas Roeg, including Cronenberg’s controversial adaptation of JG Ballard’s 1973 novel “Crash.”

Thomas is, by all indications, a film producer, and his dedication to pushing the boundaries of big-screen entertainment is the focus of Mark Cousins’ latest documentary, “The Storms of Jeremy Thomas.”

Cousins, the man behind the mammoth film history documentary series “The Story of Film: An Odyssey,” seems more than determined to make Thomas a household name.

Billed as a road movie, “The Storms of Jeremy Thomas” follows the two men as they travel through France toward the Cannes Film Festival, where Thomas is promoting his latest project, Takashi Miike’s 2019 crime thriller “First Love.” Cousins ​​presents audio of his interviews with Thomas about footage from his travels, in chapters focused on topics titled “Sex,” “Politics,” and the like, edited together with clips from the films Thomas has produced and a host of others. cinematic references. and influences.

The entire effort seems more like an advertisement for Thomas’s genius (and Cousins’s obsession with him) than a true portrait of a demanding outsider film producer. Even Tilda Swinton, star of the Thomas-produced Jim Jarmusch film “Only Lovers Left Alive,” can only offer platitudes, characterizing Thomas as a “storm” within the industry.

You may come away from “The Storms of Jeremy Thomas” thinking of him as a fascinating man, but perhaps not the cinematic prince Cousins ​​insists on crowning him.

The Storms of Jeremy Thomas
Not qualified. Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes. On cinemas.

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