Trying to predict the trajectory of a director’s career is never an easy task—which is usually why it’s far more fun to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Some directors, like Alfred Hitchcock for example, tend to stick to the same genre in order to perfect their technique. Others, such Steven Soderbergh, prefer to dabble in all varieties of genres and prove they can be a jack of all trades
But then there are some directors who simply make a strange choice every once in a while that makes audiences scratch their head and wonder what they might be up to. Some of these choices have produced truly spectacular, game-changing films that feel like natural progressions for the director in question.
Other choices have the opposite effect, sometimes proving to be the worst film of a director’s career. Whatever the result, these are ten of the strangest choices made by great directors.
10. Jack (Francis Ford Coppola)
Francis Ford Coppola is a name we commonly associate with one decade. Nowadays, we look back on his legendary works like The Godfather Saga, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now, with nothing but praise and reverence. He was the director of the 70s; introducing us to the Corleone Family, Kurtz, and cementing himself in history even though he hasn’t done anything quite as good since.
The 80s came around and his influence began to decline. After a stellar start to the decade with Rumble Fish and The Outsiders, he made a series of films that didn’t quite live up to his name until he released the final installment of the Godfather which was surprisingly solid, despite being over a decade late. After adapting Bram Stoker’s Dracula with gorgeous set designs and a wild Gary Oldman, it wouldn’t be for four more years that Coppola → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema