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Nicholas Ray: The Last Interview by Kathryn Bigelow

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In May 1979, during a break from filming Lightning Over Water in collaboration with Wim Wenders, Nicholas Ray granted an interview to Kathryn Bigelow and Sarah Fatima Parsons.  It was to be Nick’s last interview before dying of heart failure about a month later.

A conversation with Nicholas Ray shortly before his death, which associates small memory pieces about his life and films.

Nicholas Ray:  You know, I hate watching Johnny Guitar on television.  But I really appreciate what Andrew Sarris wrote in the «VillageVoice»:  “With ‘Johnny Guitar’ Nick Ray reaches the absolute criteria of the auteur theory.”

Question: What did you think when you went to Europe and noticed how filmmakers, especially, the French ones, were influenced by your work? Truffaut, for example?

NR: And also Godard, Rohmer.  Yes, I did have a strong influence on their work.  I’m not sure if it was always for the best.  I remember one evening I was driving home during the filming of “Rebel Without A Cause.”  We shot a scene between Jim and Plato.  I was whistling.  I was really thrilled thinking, “My God, the French will adore that scene.”

Q: Your films have also influenced the new German and American cinema.

NR: I hear that Wim Wenders is going to start a new film soon, “Hammett.”   He’s a great guy.  I think he’s had a hard time with the screenplay.

Q: He originally wanted to write it with the author of the book, Joe Gores.

NR: He tried but it didn’t work out.  It seldom does with the author of a book.  A lot of filmmakers have failed.  I myself thought I could do it, but it was a failure.  Authors fall in love with their own words, and you have to be pitiless as a director or screenwriter.

Q: So that it won’t become literature?

NR: Yes, that’s right.  I mean it’s another kind of literature.  They tend to get excited about one sentence, visualize it, and then it becomes really monotonous.  You should never talk about something you can show, and never show something you can talk about.

Q: Doesn’t it have something to do with what actors bring to a film? Continua a leggere/Continue reading

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BBC Interviews with remarkable authors: JRR Tolkien

The views of the author and Oxford’s students on Tolkien’s Middle-earth epics.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 30 March 1968

John Izzard meets with JRR Tolkien at his home, walking with him through the Oxford locations that he loves while hearing the author’s own views about his wildly successful high-fantasy novels. Tolkien shares his love of nature and beer and his admiration for ‘trenchermen’ in this genial and affectionate programme. The brief interviews with Oxford students that are dotted throughout reveal the full range of opinions elicited by ‘The Lord of the Rings’, from wild enthusiasm to mild contempt.

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Tolkien fell in love with Edith Bratt when he was 16. They were then separated for five years because his guardian refused to allow him to contact Edith until he was 21. They married on 22 March 1916, just before Tolkien departed to serve in France during World War I, and remained a close and devoted couple until Edith’s death in 1971. Tolkien had the name ‘Luthien’ engraved on her headstone and then, when he died in 1973, was buried in the same grave and had the name ‘Beren’ added to the memorial. Tolkien described the epic love story of the Elvish princess Luthien and the mortal Beren in ‘The Silmarillion’. In the universe of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, it is considered to be the greatest romance of the Elder Days.

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