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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.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

10 Interviews With Film Directors (pt. 1)

  I'm a bit of an interview junkie - if it's with a filmmaker that I admire, I'll probably watch it.  As an aspiring film director myself, hearing the thought processes of other directors is always helpful.  Here are 10 interviews and press conferences that I enjoy and have taken some knowledge from to apply to my own work.

1.  Abbas Kiarostami - Masterclass Q&A session at the 2010 Estoril Film Festival for his film Certified Copy as well as the current path of his filmmaking career.

2.  Pedro Almodóvar - Forum at the NYFF '11 concerning his film The Skin I Live In.

3.  Nicolas Winding Refn - DP/30 interview with Refn on the topic of the entire production of his 2011 film Drive.

4.  Jean-Luc Godard - The Dick Cavett Show in 1980 in which Cavett discusses cinema with Godard and discusses his (then) new film Every Man For Himself.
Part 1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93HCeGy6vzk
Part 2  Sadly, part 2 was removed by the owner.
Part 3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAsUE1qNgMs 
Part 4,5,6  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBFRZ-PLL-s

5.  Martin Scorsese - An interview from 1993 on The Charlie Rose Show with Rose and Scorsese discussing Fellini's influence on Scorsese's work and cinema in general.
Part 1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SNpgW0PWrM
Part 2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pIpd72ix_E

6.  Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach - A 90 minute discussion between Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach at the New York Public Library (NYPL) in 2009 in promotion of their film Fantastic Mr. Fox [the conversation begins at the 2:30 mark].

7.  John Cassavetes (and company) - A brief conversation about his film Opening Night (1978) that gradually escalates into an indictment of the modern TV era and the landscape of the American movie-going world.  It's wonderful to see Cassavete's passion for his own unique work and praise for his cast members/actors.

8.  Whit Stillman - An intensive interview conducted by The Seventh Art in 2012 with Whit Stillman as they go through his filmography and discuss the origins of his work.  [For more of their interviews with filmmakers, you can check out The Seventh Art at: http://www.theseventhart.org/main/]

9.  The Coen Brothers and Noah Baumbach - This is a pretty cool interview conducted by Noah Baumbach with The Coen Brothers at a Film Society .  It's nice to hear a filmmaker interview another filmmaker(s).

10.  Lars von Trier - This interview concerns the formation of Lars von Trier's Europe Trilogy (The Element of Crime, Epidemic, and Europa).  [Be sure to turn on the English subtitles on Youtube for this interview (as it is in Danish) by selecting the "cc" button.]
Part 1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVUnZjnqzvg
Part 2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt61P-xyQeI
Part 3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSC60PuF-14


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