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DP/30: Anonymous, director Roland Emmerich

5 Responses to “DP/30: Anonymous, director Roland Emmerich”

  1. Che sucks says:

    I don’t begrudge Emmerich doing a film with this angle, but his attitude like the case against Shakespeare is overwhelming is more laughable than the slaveless Mel Gibson character in THE PATRIOT.

  2. LexG says:

    LOOK AT HIM!

    It’s always weird when a GREAT ARTIST makes a movie about a lesser artist.

  3. sanj says:

    i have zero interest in this film but i like the last 10 minutes.

  4. General Buttfucking Naked says:

    Way to be talking about “A Knight’s Tale” (not his movie) when he was talking about Heath Ledger in “The Patriot.”

  5. David Poland says:

    They all look the same to me, General.

    Congrats on the IDA nod!

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DENNIS COOPER

The next thing that really changed my world and thoroughly influenced my writing were the films of Robert Bresson. When I discovered them in the late seventies, I felt I had found the final ingredient I needed to write the fiction I wanted to write.

INTERVIEWER

What was the final ingredient?

DENNIS COOPER

Recognizing that the films were entirely about emotion and, to me, ­ profoundly moving while, at the same time, stylistically inexpressive and monotonic. On the surface, they were nothing but style, and the style was extremely rigorous to boot, but they seemed almost transparent and purely content driven. Bresson’s use of untrained nonactors influenced my concentration on characters who are amateurs or noncharacters or characters who are ill equipped to handle the job of manning a story line or holding the reader’s attention in a conventional way. Altogether, I think Bresson’s films had the greatest influence on my work of any art I’ve ever encountered. In fact, the first fiction of mine that was ever published was a chapbook called “Antoine Monnier,” which was a god-awful, incompetent attempt to rewrite Bresson’s film Le diable ­probablement as a pornographic novella. So I came to writing novels through a channel that included experimental fiction, poetry, and nonliterary influences pretty much exclusively. I never read normal novels with any real interest or close attention.
~ Dennis Cooper Discovers Bresson

The whole world within reach.
~ Filmmaker Peter Hutton

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