Laugh, cry, or gasp -- in horror, delight, or incredulity -- but chances
are you won't be bored by Darren Aronofsky's sui generis extravaganza, "Black
Swan." He feels pretty good about it, anyway: he's relaxed, dapper looking with his new
moustache, and cracking jokes as he answers questions at a press conference for the
film at the appropriately rococo, near kitschy lobby of Hollywood's Pantages
Quite the contrast between interviewing Danny
Boyle, promoting "127 Hours," and
the other big name British director I chatted with last month, Stephen Frears,
promoting "Tamara Drewe." One is
vibrant, engaged, enthusiastic, candid, friendly, informative, and
The other is Stephen Frears.
The 34th Montreal World Film Festival (August 26-September 6),
proved most heartening for those of us anxious about the state of global
cinema. I saw splendid works from all over the world, from both first-time and
veteran filmmakers. Over several days, I watched eight movies in a row that I
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PK: So did you have particular filmmakers that inspired you
to want to make movies?
ABL: Yeah, I had Werner Herzog.
PK: I would guess Herzog actually.
ABL: Yeah, I like his films, narrative or documentary. I
watch a lot of documentaries.
PK: It feels sort of "Grizzly Man" in
In which Pvt. Tillman Meets Pvt. Lynch and
Bar-Lev sees religion in everything. (Read Part I of my interview here.)
PK: Also, military service was a tradition in
ABL: Yeah, part of my reading list was stuff
about Wittgenstein. It's not uncommon that people who live very safe lives
volunteer to fight because.
Now that the Iraq War is over we can focus more of our anxiety,
outrage, and depression on another flummoxed and bloody miscue, the war in Afghanistan.
Already Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's "Restrepo" has recounted with harrowing detail of the day-to-day trials and heroism of an
American outpost in one of the country's