If you could have a 15 minute conversation with just one filmmaker, living or dead, who would you pick? What would you want to ask/talk to them about?
Chris Marker, of course.
We’d talk about cats.
Yasujiro Ozu….I would probably need a translator with me though…
Martin Scorsese…Just cos’ he seems like such a nice guy!
Or maybe Kevin Smith or Tarantino.
Pedro Almodóvar, we’d talk about actresses.
I’d either ask her about the “families” in her earlier films and maybe ask her if that thread continues into her depiction of the team that carried out the raid on Bin Laden.
Or “The Weight of Water”, which I guess I should see again.
William Desmond Taylor – he’ll tell me who killed him.
Kieslowski… just to ask him how he could understand life so well.
Hi-five on Kieslowski Jrheim.
It depends on the subject. If I wanted to have a fun, entertaining, friendly discussion on films, it would likely be Tarantino. If I wanted to have a discussion regarding the mental and emotional aspects of film, the art within, the beauty conveyed by the imagery, the unique nature of visual storytelling, it would probably be Tarkovsky. Though Chris Marker would also be an insanely good choice. Kieślowski, too, would surely be a great conversation.
I, however, truly cannot comprehend the want to have a conversation with Kevin Smith.
I would talk to Elia Kazan about Brando
I’ve had a 15-minute conversation with a great number of filmmakers, and nobody was more delightful and insightful than Jean-Pierre Gorin.
“Martin Scorsese…Just cos’ he seems like such a nice guy!”
Scorsese could certainly fit more words into 15 minutes than most directors I’ve spoken with.
Kubrick. Although I’d probably be so amazed I wouldn’t be able to string a sentence together.
Living director would have to Terrence Malick. Again, there’d be so much to ask him, I wouldn’t even know where to start.
I couldn’t choose a filmmaker who is dead. I would be so honored and excited I wouldn’t be able to say the things I wanted to.
I respect Scorsese like I respect my favorite dead guys, so I wouldn’t be able to be coherent with him either…
Living is easier. It’d either be Lars Von Trier or Quentin Tarantino.
Questions/comments for Lars:
*How did you get into the buisiness?
*Why are you terrified of planes?
*Why put female characters through the trials instead of males?
*Dude, you destroy me more than any other director living or dead.
*If there’s one film of yours you don’t look back upon fondly, which one?
*Best movie you think you’ve made?
And I would just talk about movies and Pulp Fiction with Tarantino.
Jerry Johnson, why are you hangin’ with Jean-Pierre Gorin? What did you talk about?
David Lynch, he seems like the most interesting person ever.
I would be very afraid of meeting a filmmaker I actually care about, what if they are a total asshole IRL OR what if they think I’m an ass?? One of these two possibilities is often true in my limited life experience…
So I think I would run someone mid-tier that way if we hit it off great, and if we don’t not the “be all end all”. Mike Nichols, maybe. I could ask him WTF with the majority of his filmography.
I think a conversation with Tod Browning would be pretty interesting
I would ask him about his brother Pete.
xD good one matt. pete was actually tod’s uncle
Mathew- we brought him to Austin for a retrospective of his work. There wasn’t a subject brought up that he wouldn’t dive into with complete relish. One of the most seductive men I’ve ever met.
I, too, have had a lot of conversations with filmmakers living and dead, sometimes even being around for the inceptions of ideas and concepts I’d later see employed on the screen. The filmmaker with whom I’d like to have a conversation is all the way back at the very beginning, Edwin S. Porter. My hometown is only about 8 miles from his, and I’ve always imagined the connection my cinematic dreams possibly had with his. Plus, as the basics of every movie ever made are all right there in The Great Train Robbery, I’d like to be able to explain to him all the places cinema has gone since.
Luis Buñuel or Ingmar Bergman. We’re gonna talk about religion, sex, love, death, existentialism and all the surreal weird things they show on their films.
I’d like to meet Michael Mann but in a different setting. 15 minutes conversations are rarely meaningful, especially when one person is an admirer of the other. You start by exchanging banalities, you give predictable compliments and you when you start to get down to the meat and potatoes it’s over.
Alejandro Jodorowsky. We’d trip away through space and time on LSD and mushrooms filled with various scenarios of tarot mysticism and Jewish Kabbalah.
Stanley Kubrick. No doubt in my mind. But there are many others as well.
Werner Herzog. Whatever he’s in the mood to talk about.
I’d silently sip scotch with Naruse in a rundown bar before one of us, without warning, got up and left.
Living director: Manoel de Oliviera. I would like to talk about his life, how his film Abraham Valley changed mine; the Douro Valley, Caminha and Galicia; the dictator Salazar, the Carnation Revolution; Leonor Silveira, his travels, ideas and cultural favourites (including Mizoguchi) generally. I would be delighted to sit with him overlooking the beautiful Douro, the river i was so anxious, and then happy, to see because of him. And if i could meet Leonor Silveira too that would be heavenly.