RESERVOIR DOGS TURNS 25: QUENTIN TARANTINO AT SUNDANCE

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“I can’t believe I made a movie that short,” cackled Quentin Tarantino following the 25th Anniversary Screening of Reservoir Dogs at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Returning to Park City a quarter-century after the premiere that launched his career, Tarantino was joined by co-star Michael Madsen and producer Lawrence Bender for a predictably boisterous Q&A. Some edited highlights:

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ALWAYS EVERYTHING AT ONCE: KENNETH LONERGAN AT THE COOLIDGE

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“The director doesn’t make the movie, the first assistant director makes the movie. The director says, ‘I’d like that to be blue’ and someone else does the work of making sure that it’s blue. And often they come to you and say, ‘It can’t be blue. How about red?’ And you say okay. Multiply that by about ten thousand and you’ve got how a movie gets made.” – Boston Reel, 11/19/2016

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THAT’S WO-MANITY: PAM GRIER AT THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

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“Marlon said, ‘I saw Jackie Brown and I like how you talk out of the side of your mouth.’ He was impressed with that. He really loved Jackie Brown. And then my boyfriend started getting jealous and thought I was having some kind of affair. I said, have you seen him lately? I mean he’s Marlon Brando, but I don’t know if I can give him any right now!” – Boston Reel, 10/31/2016

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A CONTINUATION OF AN EXPLORATION: OLIVER STONE AT HARVARD

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“I’m a realist and pragmatic, too. I understand the need for security and the need for some of the things that they’re doing, absolutely. I think Ed should be the head of the NSA, if you really want to know the truth. He believes in the defense of the country, but properly organized and controlled. Right now we are out of control.” – Boston Reel, 09/21/2016

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CONTESTING HISTORY: MATT ZOLLER SEITZ AND THE OLIVER STONE EXPERIENCE

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“There is a lot of stuff in Stone’s films that didn’t actually happen. And you know what? That’s okay. Many of Shakespeare’s tragedies drew on history and a lot of that stuff is flat out made-up. If you’re not willing to go with Oliver Stone and treat history not just in terms of fact, but also metaphor, then there’s really no point going to his movies.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/09/2016

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ADULTS ARE MORE NEEDY THAN CHILDREN: LITTLE MEN’S IRA SACHS

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Earlier this year, writer-director Ira Sachs brought the terrific Little Men to IFFBoston. After a screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, one of our most eloquent filmmakers discussed his intimate approach to storytelling, an unused ending and the remarkable performances from young stars Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri. Here are some edited highlights from the Q&A:

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BACKUP BABIES WITH THE WRONG FACE: TALLULAH’S SIAN HEDER

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“I like the idea that you can subvert that initial judgement and impression, and you can get to know people and fall in love with them and see their humanity. The idea I could do that with these three women in this film was exciting to me. The world is hungry for real women. Not movie women. We are complex people, and that needs to be shown.” – Boston Reel, 07/27/2016

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