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Leigh Charles Goldstein <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 19 Apr 1994 16:17:21 -0600
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In an interview on the criterion edition of Man Bites Dog, the three
author/director/stars of the film address many interesting points.
For one, they say it is not a film about violence, but about documentaries.
They claim they could have made it about a salesman, and it would have
been the same movie.  They were in film school, they wanted to make a
feature, but they had no money.  They hit on the idea of making a film
about a documentary.
They also state pointedly that the murderer was the producer; he was the
producer of the documentary.  Also, that he was an egomaniac, that he loved
to talk.  They emphasized the importance of how the film crew became the
murderer's accomplices, as the film progressed, all pretense at separation
was dropped.  His traits, they say, took advantage of the actor's actual
personality, he himself says "It's me.  I know it's me." (Or something close
to that).
They also say that filming one extremely violent scene toward the end of
the film that shall remain undescribed to avoid a spoiler, they had a hard
time to do the performance.
Leigh Charles Goldstein         [log in to unmask]
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