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Film director and screenwriter. Cinephile since birth. Director of DREAMS OF THE WAYWARD (2013). Film Studies MA student at Columbia University.

Monday, April 15, 2013

10 Interviews With Film Directors (pt. 2)

Here's the second installment of my ongoing list of interviews with film directors.  These are wonderful tools for film students (or people interested in cinema) for getting into the mind of these great filmmakers.

1.  Woody Allen - In this interview, Woody Allen discusses the work of Ingmar Bergman and its influence upon his own work and life.

2.  Ingmar Bergman - A 40 minute audio recording of a Q&A lecture by Ingmar Bergman at the American Film Institute (AFI) about directing actors, the reason why he makes films on certain topics, the role of the camera within a film, and much more.

3.  François Truffaut and Roman Polanski - This clip of an interview on Bernard Pivot's show Apostrophe highlights the dual nature of Truffaut - the filmmaker and the critic.  Majority of this is devoted to Truffaut's celebrated writings on Alfred Hitchcock, but Polanski and Truffaut clash a bit as Pivot attempts to describe Hitchcock as the opposite of Polanski (this clip out of its context makes this an odd exchange, but I'm pretty sure it would be just as uncomfortable with the rest of the interview too).

4.  Jean-Luc Godard and Fritz Lang - This is a spectacular hour long conversation conducted by Godard with German director Fritz Lang.  Similar to fellow Cahier du Cinema writer Truffaut's famous interviews with Alfred Hitchcock, Godard discusses the role of the filmmaker and the work of a man he admires.  The discussion really begins at the 6:09 mark and is a piece of gold!  [The English subtitles can be turned on by selecting the "cc" button in the Youtube player.]

5.  Paul Thomas Anderson - An insightful discussion with PTA hosted by John Horn of the Los Angeles Times.  Great questions concerning PTA's writing process from concept to production.

6.  Michael Haneke - Primarily a discussion concerning Haneke's 2012 Palme d'Or winner Amour, this DP/30 interview gets some great responses from the film director.

7.  Wim Wenders - A fascinating walk through the career of German filmmaker Wim Wenders leading up to his most recent film Pina at the 49th NYFF.  It's wonderful to hear Wenders discuss how he fell in love with film.

8.  Martin Scorsese - This is a fun career retrospective with Martin Scorsese on Inside The Actors Studio.

9.  Alejandro González Iñárritu - In this 2010 BFI Masterclass with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Iñárritu discusses his film Biutiful and his previous work (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel).  It's great to hear a film director speak on collaboration, and his discussion concerning special affects vs. special effects is wonderful.  

10.  Wes Anderson - Wes Anderson and his long-time cinematographer Bob Yeoman discuss the origin of Anderson's visual style, shooting on 16mm film for Moonrise Kingdom, and his lack of technical know-how concerning film equipment amongst many other things in this 45 minute discussion at Famufest in Prague.  To quote director Jacques Audiard, "I am not a technician," and it is wonderful to hear that Wes Anderson is also not a technician with "grip knowledge".

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