If you could have dinner/an evening’s worth of discussion with one filmmaker (dead or living), who would you choose and why? What would you ask them? Etc.
Currently, Larry David or Kevin Smith. I’ve always wanted to just sit down one on one with either person and just discuss for hours about their life, their inspirations, and their experiences. What would I discuss specifically? It would be probably in the moment questions.
When I was younger, this appealed to me a lot more (although if the opportunity presented itself, I imagine I’d be pretty excited). But I’m not sure who I would choose? Terrence Malick? Not sure how comfortable hanging out with him would be, though (lots of awkward silences? maybe him getting annoyed with my talk?). How affable they’d be would factor in as much as my interest in them as filmmakers, I think.
Obviously Quentin Tarantino.
Luis Buñuel, no doubt. I truly envy Jean Claude Carriere for having that privilege so many times.
John McTiernan. I’ve read great interviews with him, but I’d really like to sit down with some beer and several hours to discuss his thoughts on cinema.
Drinks and Charcuterie with Bela Tarr…
kevin smith, would talk about the new jersey devils
Martin Scorsese, there is nothing about cinema that this man dosent know and what a life he has lead.
Diablo Cody. I dont care about her movies but. she is kind of… Sorry.
Francis Ford Coppola no other director has his life, his experience and such strong ideas for the future of the cinema.
DAMN JACK! I thought of Coppola too! plus he’s a great cook!
Luis Bunuel was my first choice if his films are any indicator dinner won’t be dull.
“If you could have dinner/an evening’s worth of discussion with one filmmaker (dead or living), who would you choose and why? "
None. It would probably be a big letdown. I’d rather watch the films.
David Cronenberg seems like a very interesting director to have dinner with. To me he is one of the few auteurs with a remarkably cohesive body of work and whose themes have matured progressively over the years, so far gracefully avoiding an affliction I call “authorial fatigue” over a 40-year career. I would ask him about his approach to the ideas behind his movies, which I always seem to find brilliant, and what books, movies or personal experiences initially led him to the concept of body horror and his ongoing interest to associate it with our baser impulses. Although those questions might change later.
Bobcat Goldthwait, no question.
also just for the food
I’m surprised none of you want the opportunity to sit down for dinner with Michael Bay.
So off topic and after so many tequilas. He’s not even making films anymore, I won’t even quote his name… the 43 year old man that I’d really like to have dinner with tonight, he declined my invite but someone else would be delighted I’m sure. However, back to the real question, once when I was in Mexico, I went to wherever it was near Guanajuato, on the way to Guanajuato, where Luis Bunuel was at one point. I’ve forgotten the name. Uruapan? where the avocadoes grow? Just because he was there talking about it. The only thing left there in 2007 was some horny dogs barking in the street late at night. And I could only find two 10-cent avocados en “el centro”… I ate one and the other was confiscated in the airport upon arrival at “home!”. There was a very unexpected sign nearby , along the highway in Mexico, for a chipmunk crossing. Beware of the chipmunks! As if someone could see a tiny chipmunk crossing a highway soon enough to slow down for it! More reasons to feel guilty for being alive. Well, maybe.
Good food and wine, accompanied by intellectual flights of fancy about film, writing, life and the universe.
The evening should end no earlier than 2am.
Georges Méliès- even though my French is not that great and I doubt he spoke English.
I’d rather walk around Paris with him than sit in a restaurant though.
I’d love to have a drink with Buñuel.
Either one of these living folks-
MIYAZAKI- we may need an interpreter but it’s surely be a great talk about traditional animation and kid fantasy stuff.
BEAT TAKESHI KITANO- we’ll probably talk about paintings and humor over whiskey and hot pot dishes. I’ll bring my pistol just in case…
It’s funny how many people mentioned Luis Buñuel… I completely agree.
But the problem is that, taking into consideration that almost all his movies are about characters who want to do something, but they’re not capable of achieving it, I guess that dinner would never happen.
But one way or the other, with or without food, I´m completely sure any time with him would be well spent.