The method and the madness of film directors
Infamous obsessive James Cameron spent £180m on `Avatar`, which opens this week, making it the most expensive movie ever shot. Andrew Johnson and Rachel Shields look at the giants – and tyrants – of the film world
In film circles he is known as "Attila" and it is not a compliment to his conquest of the box office. James Cameron has given the world The Terminator, Aliens and Titanic.
Now he is about to seal his place in film history with Avatar, which goes on general release this week after its premier in London last Thursday. At $300m (£184m), it`s the most expensive film ever made. Its 3D effects are so revolutionary the camera had to be reinvented to film them. It is already being hailed as a "game-changing movie". While his friends regard him as a genius, Cameron`s detractors say that, like Attila, he doesn`t care what it takes to succeed.
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