Those of us who bought the Faber & Faber
script book released in the early 90s will remember the moment in Quentin Tarantino's introduction where he admitted that, if he'd directed the movie, he would have killed off Clarence.
Tony Scott, the intro said, made the decision to keep the character alive, to finish his days with his true romance, Alabama.
Tarantino said: "He'd fallen in love with those kids, and wanted them to live."
It's a revealing insight into what made Scott such a great director - he was in touch with the emotions of his audience.
Whether it was how to excite them -
- or the instinct to know that if Clarence hadn't made it out of that hotel room,
would have a very different emotional impact, Scott understood how to give people value for the price of a movie ticket.
And he put everything into delivering that value.
Dennis Hopper spoke of working with Scott on
: "Tony has this special gun that you fire and flames come out the side. I said, “Tony, you’re not putting that gun right to my head.” He said, “It’s fine, do it to me.” So a crew guy shot him, and he started bleeding. He said, “OK, that won’t work.”
He lived and bled for the movies, but never took himself too seriously.
According to Tom Sizemore: "Tony started every take like this; “Rock’n’roll, motherfuckers! Action!”"
And that's pretty much as decent a summation of the films on this list as any. Rock'n'roll motherfuckers! Action!