April 2011

From my soon-to-be-published diaries

May 9, 1963, Cannes

René Clair: “It is absolutely anachronistic, in our times, to continue the film exhibition methods introduced 60 years ago. The electronics should be used to change the projection & distribution of images to the public — via TV & cables. What foolishness. What incomprehension of the tools that have been put at our disposal. Just imagine, all theater screens connected with one another, with one center of emission, be it my means of wires or cables — which is so easy to do & for so little money. Imagine, one print would suffice for the whole country and…”

May, 1963

Question: How come the birds in your film play so well?
Hitchcock: Because they were paid well.
Q: There have been many different interpretations of your film. Which is your interpretation?
H: I wanted to show that if man doesn’t behave well towards nature, the nature will turn against him.
Q: Why do your heroes never die at the end of your films?
H: Because I need them for my next film.

“Aujourd’hui un Descartes s’enfermerait dans sa chambre avec une caméra de 16mm et de la pellicule et écrirait le ‘Discours de la méthode’ en film…” — Alexandre Astruc

A visit to the City Winery

Site of Anthology Film Archives’ 40th Anniversary Benefit Concert.

Celebrating 40 years!


                   More information at http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/support/2011honors.


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