I have a general suspicion of big theme movies—when you look at big life-affirming epics from [William] Wyler or [George] Stevens or something, every individual shot is just so dead that it contradicts whatever humanist message they’re trying to put across, whereas someone who seems to be as nihilistic as George Romero is just so alive imaginatively on the level of shots and how he’s arranging things, and that seems to me a much more life-affirming experience than so many of these big lumbering humanistic classics.
This is a fantastic interview with lots more good stuff in it.(via barthel)
Good interview, though strange he identifies Manny Farber somewhat disparagingly as a “personality” critic when he (Farber) developed similar ideas in his own criticism.
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