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" After 'Superstar,' I was encouraged. I felt audiences wanted to be challenged. "
" A key part of the process for me is having screenings: not official test screenings, just gatherings of people, some I know and some I don't. We ask what is working and what isn't. So it's not as if I'm shutting out input. "
" All actors are protecting something, in their own way, that happens in front of a camera. "
" A lot of actors just don't seem grown up no matter how old they get... just juveniles with grey hair. "
" Aspects of guilt or handwringing that one might expect in a film set in the '50s about women who discover their love for other women - a lot of these things are not in 'Carol.' "
" At HBO, you've just basically got a studio full of artistically driven smart guys and women who really care about the quality first and foremost. "
" At the time I made 'Safe,' I was really intrigued by the whole culture around AIDS, which was turning to people like Louise Hay and these other West Coast New Age thinkers. "
" By the time I finished 'Poison,' the New Queer Cinema was branded, and I was associated with this. In many ways, it formed me as a filmmaker, like as a feature filmmaker I never set out to be. "
" Cannes is a lot of work, since it's a market festival and a serious festival, and they really work you, understandably. "
" 'Carol' takes place at a time the country was crawling out of the shadows of the war years, feeling the new vulnerabilities of the Cold War and conflicts within the union. "
" 'Carol' takes place in the really early '50s, before Eisenhower has taken office. It's based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, her second and most autobiographical book and the only one outside of the crime milieu. "
" Each production is its own experience. "
" Every actor comes with their own experience, method, methodology. "
" Every actor prepares differently and to different degrees of privacy. Some want to talk everything out. Others really don't want to talk anything out - or rehearse much. "
" Films like 'The Godfather,' 'Chinatown' and 'The Exorcist' brought a realism and currency and understatement to their genres that we wanted for 'Mildred Pierce.' "
" Films like 'The Godfather,' 'The Exorcist,' 'Klute,' 'Chinatown,' 'Network,' and 'The Parallax View': They were drawn from the genre tradition, but they dressed down the stylistic telling of those traditions and genres. "
" Films like 'Velvet Goldmine' are an accumulation of research and references. I create an almost random resource of connections and am constantly distilling that into narrative specifics. "
" I always learn a lot when I do so. You know, when you step out of your comfort zone and even your cynical zone, and open yourself up to what other people might experience and why they do so. "
" I came out of a sort of experimental background, and I didn't ever really expect - or even desire - a career as a feature filmmaker. "
" I didn't quite realise until we started to put together our first cut of 'Wonderstruck' how much time is spent with no words spoken whatsoever. "
" I do know my own films don't necessarily work within that high-pressure reductive moment of the opening weekend - or all the ways that many people assess the value of movies. "
" I don't know if I ever entertained an academic career, nor did I ever think I'd become a feature film-maker in the market. "
" I don't think there's any more synesthetic medium than film. "
" I don't want to make people feel better. "
" I do think that, yes, one should always be receptive to the fact that there are many different types of audiences, and they are not necessarily in a clean, reductive demographic like they once were. "
" I felt 'Brokeback Mountain' re-imbued the love story with an authentic and unquestionable series of obstacles that these men faced. I think that's certainly true for 'Carol' as well. "
" I felt I would have the most creative freedom making experimental films and teaching, as I had many good examples of people around me who did just that. "
" I figured I would be teaching my whole life and making experimental films on the side. "
" I find movies rely upon dialogue too much sometimes, and you lose the power of what really the most basic cinematic language is, which is the visual language. "
" I had really loving parents and a happy childhood. "
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