Lesley Brill is Professor of Film and English at Wayne State University in
Detroit, USA. He has published books on Alfred Hitchcock, John
Huston, and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (Wayne State UP, 2006).
Looking back from Election (1999) to his first feature film, Payne saw Citizen Ruth (1996) as “something of a dry run for” the later one. (1) Indeed, although Election is arguably a richer, more subtle work tha...
The director of The Sixth Sense and Lady in the Water has experienced the highs and lows of critical and box-office reception. Brill takes stock of his career through an impressively detailed analysis of his features to date.