Under the guise of Arab nationalism the modern Arab despot (Saddam, Qaddafi, the Assads) emerged. But these men lived in splendid solitude, detached from their own people.
The repression and intimidation of the societies they ruled over were painfully summarized by the gifted Syrian poet Muhammad al-Maghout: “I enter the bathroom with my identity papers in my hand.”
I would like Martin Scorsese to be interested in a female character once in a while, but I don’t know if I’ll live that long.
Another significant step away from the antiquated principle of ‘one person, one vote’ toward the more modern, and utilitarian, notion of ‘one dollar, one vote.’
I would say that most of the film I did — the biggest issue in the film business now is less, I think, about how tough it is to raise money. That’s been the case for a long, long time.
The biggest issue is the shortage of good directors. The film industry has three main creative pistons — the writing, the directing and the acting. Obviously there are other people who make huge contributions creatively: sets, editing, costumes, cinematography, art design — those people are invaluable. But I’m just saying the immediately identifiable critical elements of a film are the script, the director and the cast. That’s really what the money is raised on. The fourth element being the money itself.
Of those three creative elements — take away the money for a moment — the one that’s the most anemic right now is the directors unit, because there is an abundance of great actors out there. Tons of them. They might not be famous, they might not be the greatest at the box office, but there’s a lot of great acting out there. There’s a lot of great scripts out there. A lot of great, unproduced scripts.
Populism is just as hot a force, albeit with different parameters, in the GOP base as it is among Democrats. The bigger story of American politics to come has less to do with the presidential horse race than with a pattern that has emerged steadily since the 2008 financial meltdown: The economic grievances that fueled Occupy Wall Street and the tea party are two sides of the same coin, and someone in one party or the other is going to figure out how to harness that crossover political constituency.