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« #30 : August 21, 2007, 08:31:16 AM »

eeew....
You don't like it? I was this close (see my fingers) to say Taxidriver but I've come to notice that Goodfellas stands the test of repetitive viewings better than Taxidriver. I could make it a tie but Tuc wouldn't allow it.


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« #31 : August 21, 2007, 05:52:50 PM »

To contribute to this Kubrick argument:

Although you have been making films and living in England for quite a long time, you're still considered an American director. Are the reasons for you living in the UK only personal or are they related to the fact that filmmaking in England is cheaper than in America?
If you're going to make films in English, there are three places which are centers of production, Los Angeles, New York, and London, and since I spend so much time in the preparations and the cutting of a film, I have to live in one of those production centers, otherwise I'd never be home, I'd always be away. New York is not as well equipped as London, and Hollywood is slightly better equipped, but given the choice to live between Hollywood and London, I just like London much more, it's a more interesting city and I like living here. I probably would like living in New York, but New York simply is not a practical place to try to make pictures other than location films; if you're talking about a studio picture like The Shining or 2001, New York does not have big studio facilities or big set construction facilities. So England just seems the place to be.

But has your being in contact with a different reality and film industry had any influence on your work?
I don't think so. Because even living in America... if you live in New York, that is a completely different thing than living in Atlanta or Dallas or Minneapolis or the rest of the country. If you live in New York the most you can say is that you have a "New York sense of life." I think living in London I still have whatever American sense of life I would have living in New York. And certainly I have more sense of reality than living in Hollywood, which is the most unreal place. I read the New York Times every day, I read American magazines, I see American films, so I don't really feel that it makes any great difference to me. In fact, I don't feel that I'm not living in America. I don't feel isolated or cut off culturally in any way.

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« #32 : August 21, 2007, 11:06:22 PM »

This is funny, I thought you would chime in saying the exact opposite.  Saying that a film comes from the creative mind of a director, so it's his nationality that decides it.  But I hadn't thought of Fritz Lang... for instance there's no way I would consider The Big Heat to be a German film.  But look at say, Lawrence of Arabia.  It was made by Brits, about Brits.  Does it become an American film just because it had U.S. financial backing?  Or how about Once Upon a Time in America.  An Italian auteurs dream project for years.  It's his film, and he's italian.  But is it an American film just because he shook hands with American producers?
It's an American film because he answered to American producers. Sorry, the auteur theory has a lot to answer for. The AFI recognizes its own, and they claim both Lawrence (#3 on their Top 100) and OUATIA. I believe I am correct in stating that OUATITW and OUATIA are both American films, but Leone's other works are Italian.



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« #33 : August 21, 2007, 11:07:52 PM »

To me it's either Citizen Kane or The Godfather.

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« #34 : September 20, 2007, 08:37:03 PM »

To me it's either Citizen Kane or The Godfather.

I guess it's THE GODFATHER then Kevin. O0 In my humble opinion Citizien Kane is not the greatest American movie ever.




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