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DP/30 @ Sundance: Reagan, Eugene Jarecki

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5 Responses to “DP/30 @ Sundance: Reagan, Eugene Jarecki”

  1. Hopscotch says:

    Monday night on HBO. I’m there.

  2. Quite a good article. Thank you very much!

  3. LexG says:

    Hey, how was this? Anyone watch?

    The Reagan show, I mean, not the DP, which is good.

  4. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    Recorded it. Watching it soon hopefully.

  5. LexG says:

    Re: Reagan, I gotta cop to something; I was like 7-15 when he was president. I’m sure if he were in charge today, I’d think he was BUSH-level AWESOME, all 80 years old with the full head of hair just bulldozing through every situation with utter certitude. And he’s regarded now as a Mount Rushmore level great and as a burgeoning Republican, sure it’s like REAGAN POWER!

    Buuuuuut man, I remember being like 8 or 9 and ALL you’d hear about was NUCLEAR WAR! and WarGames and Day After and that NOSTRADAMUS movie that said the world would end in 1999, and then I’d see Reagan on TV talking tough and the face of being GUNG HO against the Russians…

    … and in my child brain, I seriously SERIOUSLY thought that dude was going to get us straight-up killed. I would write papers on how LIFE IS MEANINGLESS BECAUSE RUSSIA IS GOING TO BLOW US UP, and we’d have to do drills in school about what to do in case of a RED DAWN attack or something.

    Who knew back then it was the greatest time in the history of the world to be a kid. And I was moping around thinking I’d be dead by 30 because Reagan was gonna get us blown up.

    I always assume the worst.

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“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh

I feel strongly connected to young cinephile culture. The thing about filmmaking—and cinephilia—is that you can’t keep hanging out with your own age group as you get older. They drop off, move somewhere. You can’t put together a crew of sixty-somethings. It’s the same for cinephilia: my original set of cinephile friends are watching DVDs at home or delving into 1958 episodes of ‘Gunsmoke,’ something like that. The people who are out there tend to be young, and I happen to be doing the same thing still, so it’s natural that I move in their circles.

In terms of the filmmaking, there was a gear shift: my first movies focused on people around my age, and I followed them for three films. Until The Unspeakable Act, I was using the same actors, not because of an affinity for people at a specific age, but because of my affinity for the actors. I like to work with actors a second time, especially if I don’t feel confident casting a new film. But The Unspeakable Act was a different script, and I had to cast all new people. Even for the older roles, I couldn’t get the people I’d worked with before. But when it was over, the same thing happened: I wanted to work with Tallie again in the worst way, and I started the process all over again.

I think Rohmer did something similar around the time of Perceval and Catherine de HeilbronnHe developed new groups of people that he liked to work with. These gear shifts are natural. Even if you want to follow certain actors to the end of their life (which I kind of do) the variety of ideas that you generate makes it necessary to change. And once you’ve made the change, you’ve got all these new people around.”
~ Dan Sallitt