Friday, May 18, 2012

Plain Talk: Peter Bogdanovich and David Bordwell


"If the scripts are constructed well and the casts are good ... there is no reason why many pictures should take so long to make. I kept reminding myself ... that most films of the teens, twenties, thirties, forties and fifties were made quickly and efficiently: Ford shot The Informer in fifteen days; Allan Dwan did many of his pictures in a couple of weeks; Edgar Ulmer rarely had more than six days for a feature. The ongoing attenuation of schedules and bloating of budgets has generally been a result of directorial inexperience or incompetence. Or the insane overpayment of stars. But given 40 million dollars, it seems to me that anybody could make a picture."

Peter Bogdanovich, Who the Devil Made It, 1997, p. 30.




"Now, it seems, the exhibitors are so scared of missing the next blockbuster that the filmmakers can dictate terms. It’s remarkable that these men [James Cameron, George Lucas, Peter Jackson...] can do something neither Griffith nor DeMille nor Disney nor any other powerful Hollywood filmmaker of the classic years dared do. They keep asking that the fundamental technology of cinema be changed so we can all watch a couple of their movies for a month or two every few years.

...if these guys are so passionately committed to quality, why don’t they make better movies?"

David Bordwell, "It's good to be the King of the World", 22 April 2012: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2012/04/22/its-good-to-be-the-king-of-the-world/

(David Bordwell picture by Andy Manis for the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/25/movies/25dargis.html)

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