Polanski interviewed by Mark Cousins…
…who simply will not back down when Polanski starts to deny that his personal life (he’s experienced the most extreme, violent tragedy more than once) influences his work.
Cousins takes a risk and pushes Polanski further than you’d think possible, but the result allows us get into Polanski’s head, explore it’s recesses and tells us about the man and by extension his films.
"…films are made up of contrasts that are felt more than seen, so there’s feelings of things in the air and sometimes those can take on a persona…"
David Lynch does his best to explain his methods and ‘the eye of the duck’ to Mark Cousins in this fantastic Scene By Scene interview. This had a huge impact on me when it was broadcast originally - I was probably 17 and it made me go and track down everything he’d ever done. I may not love all his films but I love the man and this interview.
Now I have to track down the Roman Polanski interview where he and Cousins argue for 30 mins….
Manzo: "Old Man I’m worried. The village girls will go crazy over the samurai. If the samurai touch them all hell will break loose."
Old Man: “Bandits are coming, you fool! Your head is on the block and all you think of are your whiskers?”
- Seven Samurai (screenplay: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni)
Stanley Kubrick worked for almost half a century in the medium of film, making his first short documentary in 1951 and his last feature in 1999. He went to extraordinary lengths to avoid mediocrity in his work, in order that it might last and not fall into oblivion. With each project, his initial preoccupation involved trying to find the right story. Some arrived quickly – Terry Southern handed Kubrick a copy of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange in the 1960s and Kubrick persuaded Warners to buy the rights immediately – but later projects came more slowly or were regretfully abandoned after years of research due to events out of his control. However, once a story was settled on, Kubrick strove to make a film unlike any other before it.
Is everyone paying attention? This is important!
Not exactly writing advice, but a great thought from a great writer.
These guys are committed - and look what they’ve achieved. Peter Becker and Jonathan Turrel describe the Criterion Collection mandate and philosophy.