In a way even more relevant today with the arrival of streaming and the lack of independent film on cinema. Some comments I love while other is done without passion. Personally the biggest fear for films now are freedom of speech and governments censoring films making edited, Mass-produced productions available while older and indie films are forgotten. Thank god for Mubi at least. Hope you survive the changes.
The idea of making a (nearly) non-influenced interview is very good and shows some very interesting, different results. I like the answers of Godard and Antonioni, the latter one seems to have some of the most prolific thoughts on the subject. It would be interesting to make a similar film again, more than 35 years after this documentary and after all the changes we had after digitalization and streaming.
I think this is brilliant. These directors are like prophets. So much that they said in 1982 has come true. Fassbinder died not long after this film...so that's pretty special to see him here. I must have been born about a month later. So I find it especially fascinating to hear these experienced directors still trying to work it all out and we now know all the great films they were then to go on to make.
Brent, it's available on the Wim Wenders Collection, Vol. 2 released by Anchor Bay. I think you can rent it on netflix, too. It really is fascinating stuff...Herzog's interview was a highlight for me, not only because of his initially funny response (you'll know when you see it) and also because there is a lot of truth to his answer.
Perhaps the only ones with worthwhile answers are Godard, Fassbinder and Antonioni, yet Spielberg's was rather revealing of his own personality and the modern state of moviemaking in Hollywood (just scratch that idealistic notion of "films for everyone" and realize what it really means - films for everyone to buy).