Julien Temple Biography

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Birth Name: Julien Temple
Born: 11/26/1953
Birth Place: London, England, GB

Temple helmed the infectiously daffy "Earth Girls Are Easy" (1989), a musical comedy about aliens landing in the San Fernando Valley and getting their introduction to Southern California from a ditsy manicurist (Geena Davis). The pic also starred Jeff Goldblum and Jim Carrey and featured flamboyant art direction reminiscent of "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) and the movies of John Waters. His first non-musical offering, "Bullet" (1996, starring Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur), was a bit of a mess, suffering from its gangsta rap video look, and went straight-to-video in the USA, despite a compelling performance by Shakur. He fared somewhat better with "Vigo - Passion for Life" (1998), a love story based on the relationship of French director Jean Vigo (James Frain) and his wife Lydu Lozinska (Romane Bohringer), but it was "The Filth and the Fury" (2000), his second Sex Pistols documentary, that finally earned him accolades comparable to his debut. Whereas "Swindle" had represented manager Malcolm McLaren as the Fagin-like Svengali who invented the Pistols, "Filth" set the record straight by emphasizing the point-of-view of John Lydon, a.k.a. band leader Johnny Rotten, who had no part in "Swindle". Temple followed with "Pandaemonium" (lensed 1999), another period drama focusing on the lives of Romantic poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.