Category Archives: Directors

“I love extreme Catholic behaviour before the Reformation. The Reformation ruined everything.” – John Waters

Kim Morgan interviewed director John Waters for the cover-story of September’s issue of Sight & Sound. You’ll have to buy the magazine to read the whole thing, but there’s a generous excerpt over on Kim’s site, and you don’t want … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Billy Wilder

Billy and Audrey Wilder One of my favorite directors. I love his tips for screenwriters (#6 helped me enormously when I was writing my own script and problem-solving the final scene.) Billy Wilder’s Tips for Writers 1. The audience is … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Birthday, Orson Welles

When Orson Welles was just a teenager, he traveled to Ireland. And although it seems improbable (perhaps not, because this is Orson Welles we’re talking about), he decided to audition for the newly-formed Gate Theatre, and was given a role … Continue reading

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Gaspar Noé in 3D

A couple reasons why I love Gaspar Noé: 1. Because of the opening credits of Enter the Void. I would like to make out with those opening credits. The whole film is brilliant and hallucinatory and unlike anything else I … Continue reading

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5 to 7 (2015): Interview with Writer/Director Victor Levin

I interviewed writer/director Victor Levin about his delightful upcoming feature, 5 to 7, which opens in New York and LA on April 3 (other cities to follow).

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R.I.P. Albert Maysles

The death of documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles comes at a coincidental moment almost too good to be believed: The famous 1975 documentary he co-directed with his brother David, Grey Gardens, is – at least in New York – starting a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Luis Buñuel

Today is Luis Buñuel’s birthday! Exchange from Whit Stillman’s great film Metropolitan: CHARLIE: Do you know the French film, “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie”? When I first heard the title, I thought, “Finally, someone’s going to tell the truth … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Issues Statement

Jafar Panahi should need no introduction, but just in case… Jafar Panahi is a director from Iran, with an international reputation, and an incredible list of films, The White Balloon, The Mirror, The Circle, Offside, Crimson Gold. (He’s one of … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Will Not Be Silenced

Jafar Panahi was arrested in 2009 on the suspicion of making a film critical of the regime in Iran. He was not allowed to travel, to give interviews, to make films. He was in prison. He went on hunger strike. … Continue reading

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Marc Maron Interviews Paul Thomas Anderson

Just in case you have a free hour… Marc Maron’s interview of Paul Thomas Anderson for his podcast is FANTASTIC. Right now my favorite part is Paul Thomas Anderson saying that watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies help him … Continue reading

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