with Oliver Stone
A New Millennium Oral History
You've made some great films. What does
Many things: Social breadth. Galvanic excitement. Burning commitment.
A well-written script. Tolerant yet urgent direction. Lighting
that's both body and shadow. A camera that sees with the eye
of someone--the god in the tapestry. Actors that make the audience
feel they care more about these particular faces than people
in their own life. A presence in time, a rightness to your moment--in
other words, "destiny."
How is film distinct from other art forms?
Well, you can tell a story on paper. When you read it, it takes
a certain amount of time. It has a given length. Movies transcend
Films work at you on an emotional level. And catharsis, you
know, you participate with the protagonist and at the end of
the deal you've been moved and terrorized. You're cleansed by
having felt those emotions. When that happens, it's great.
Great movies are like Greek dramas. They are shards on the Greek
vases that will endure.
I hope movies endure…
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