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" All actors are protecting something, in their own way, that happens in front of a camera. "
" I don't think there's any more synesthetic medium than film. "
" 'Mildred' was the first film I shot on Super 16 with Ed Lachman, and we decided to continue doing so for 'Carol.' "
" The term 'new queer cinema' and the films of mine that were associated with that term are from a very, very different time, one almost entirely defined by the AIDS era. It was a very different social and cultural regard for the lives, the experiences, the worth of gay people. "
" The film division at Amazon is made up of true cineastes who love movies and really want to try and provide opportunity for independent film visions to find their footing in a vastly shifting market. They love cinema. "
" Sirkian films really aren't - at least the way I see them, they're not about identification. They don't have voiceover. A lot of the love stories that are rooted, classic love stories rooted in point of view, use voiceover as a mechanism for locating you there. "
Point Of View
" You have to be somewhat ruthless with your work. You have to let things go. Even your favourite little part might not work in the end. "
In The End
" 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. "
" I think many of the ideas that opened up in the '60s got implemented in the '70s and that certain minority voices that were not being heard in the '60s, like women and gay people, were being heard in the '70s. Black Civil Rights had also found its foothold, and those ideas were also very pertinent. "
" When you think of the later '50s and 'Far From Heaven' and Eisenhower and Sirk, you think of that Hollywood panache and gloss to American middle-class life. "
" The highest-caliber dramatic work produced for TV - not just in cable but something like 'The Good Wife' at network - is consistently great. "
" 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. "
" There's no better place to do a longform project than HBO. I loved the creative teams I got a chance to work with. "
" In a way, I think Roxy Music is high camp, in a brilliant way. "
" I noticed that there were all these kinds of practices in a working set that had to be un-practiced on 'Far from Heaven,' which was so interesting. "
" I made little Super 8 extravaganzas when I was a kid, the first being my own version of 'Romeo and Juliet,' and where I played all the parts except for Juliet. "
" Like the music and the period, I wanted 'I'm Not There' to be fun and full of emotions, desires and experiments that were thrilling and dangerous. "
" I'll never forget watching 'I'm Not There' with Cate Blanchett, because it was the first time she saw the finished film and saw her performance in it. I was sitting next to her experiencing it vicariously through her fresh eyes and hoping she liked it. "
" 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 have always had an interest in performers who play against the most obvious of expectations and are able to find something secret, something withheld, and some level of restraint. "
" 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. "
" With 'Poison,' I'm sure some people just hated the movie, but it also got caught up into a debate about arts funding because it was a film that received a National Endowment for the Arts Public Grant, and it won the prize at the Sundance Film Festival. "
" Without sounding sexist, you have to cast a real man opposite Cate Blanchett. You need a guy who's grown up. "
" Looking at photographs of New York in 1952, you find a powerfully pre-Eisenhower era - sagging, tired, distressed - and the palette is slightly dissonant. "
" '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. "
" I figured I would be teaching my whole life and making experimental films on the side. "
" I saw experimental film-makers teaching in college. They did what they wanted and didn't worry about the market, but the circumstances ended up offering me other possibilities. "
" 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. "
" I love visual mediums, and I've always painted and drawn. "
" I remember going to see '2001' with my dad. "
" I have a hard time making movies that affirm life and say life is a good and happy place. That's not true about the world. "