"I ALWAYS GOT A KICK OUT OF DEMYSTIFYING THE WAY THINGS WORK FOR AUDIENCES"
In a new episode of The Film Cult Podcast, Laurent Bouzereau, author of The De Palma Cut, discusses his experience with cinema, and his fascination with the way movies work. Discussing his first behind-the-scenes documentary, for Steven Spielberg's 1941, Bouzereau tells the podcast how amazing the experience was for him, as he considered himself a fan of this movie he loved, even though 1941 was a box office disaster. He could see how painful it was for Spielberg to talk about:
It kind of taught me one thing, is that, it takes as much energy and as much work to make the best, most successful movie as it does to make the least successful movie. And it's the same sort of dream. It's the same dream. It's the same conviction, that you're doing something that you believe in and that's so amazing. And there's something very touching about that, and very emotional, as you put yourself in that perspective of an artist.
A bit later (around the 40-minute mark), Bouzereau talks about having to film interviews for his docs on The Last Picture Show and Obsession on the same day. He managed it, and received a nice note from Brian De Palma:
Of all the films that I did for Brian De Palma, that was the one where he sent me a note after seeing the, kind of, rough cut. And he said something along the lines of... you know, because he is a filmmaker that I think has been mostly misunderstood,or never had the kind of recognition that he deserved. And he kind of said something, I'm misquoting, but something along the lines of, "I've never been on time. I've always been either before my time or after my time. But watching your film on the making of my film reminded me why I do what I do. And why I love doing what I do." And that made me feel great, because if there was one person that you always want to be happy, it's the actual director of the original film you're talking about.