By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Nanni Moretti On We Have A Pope

“I’m used to people talking about my movies without having seen them first. After it was released, at least people had seen it when they talked about it. It went over well in Europe, particularly Italy and France. People have expectations of my films, which I always try not to meet. Many people expected a frontal attack on the Vatican. But I didn’t want to do that. I believe cinema should surprise the audience; whatever they’re expecting is probably waiting for them at home on TV. Cinema should surprise people.”
~ Nanni Moretti On We Have A Pope

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“The city to me is the only possible vehicle we have to measure human achievement. We’re an urban species now. If you look at Karachi or Mexico City or Hong Kong or London or New York or Yonkers or Baltimore or any of these other places, the pastoral is now a part of human history. We’re either going to figure out how to live together in these increasingly crowded, increasingly multi-cultural population centers or we’re not. We’re either going to get great at this or we’re going to fail as a species.”
~ David Simon

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~ David Cronenberg On Screenplay vs. Novel