On Gus Van Sant’s 67th birthday, check out his Top 5 films

The famous director was born on this day in 1952

On Gus Van Sant’s 67th birthday, check out his Top 5 films

Famous film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician and author Gus Van Sant turn 67 today. Born on July 24, 1952, in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Betty and Gus Green Van Sant Sr; Gus’s father was a clothing manufacturer and traveling salesman. As a result of his father’s job, the family moved continually during Van Sant’s childhood. After spending time in Europe, Van Sant went to Los Angeles in 1976. He secured a job as a production assistant to writer/director Ken Shapiro, with whom he developed a few ideas, none of which came to fruition. In 1981, Van Sant made Alice in Hollywood, a film about a naïve young actress who goes to Hollywood and abandons her ideals. But the film was never released. Van Sant’s first critical acclaim came with the film “Mala Noche” (1985) and continued with “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989), starring Matt Dillon. His work on the biopic “Milk” won considerable praise for the portrayal of openly gay supervisor Harvey Milk. In addition to directing, Van Sant wrote the screenplays for several of his earlier works and is the author of a novel entitled Pink. A book of his photography, called 108 Portraits, has also been published, and he has released two musical albums. He is openly gay and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Here are Gus Van Sant’s 5 best films over his career..



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By Ken Warren, 2018

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