Penelope Gilliatt interview with Vladimir Nabokov, for American Vogue, 1966
“To me, making a film is like resolving conflicts between light and dark, cold and warmth, blue and orange or other contrasting colors. There should be a sense of energy, or change of movement. A sense that time is going on — light becomes night, which reverts to morning. Life becomes death."
Quiet. Calm. Intense. Concerned. Experienced. Each word is a valid description of Harry Dean Stanton. Many who have seen his seemingly effortless performance as "Brett" in Alien might be surprised to learn the breadth of his career and the depth of his abilities.
Pasolini’s recent death, apparently stemming from an episode that might have figured in one of de Sade’s stories, brings to an end a career that deeply influenced Italian literature (he was also a poet and novelist), linguistic thought, and film.
The conversation took place in 1964 between Pasolini and the students and faculty of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia—the Italian film-school in Rome