Thursday, 15 July 2010

Filmmaker in Motion

On The Road interview with Mark Strecker from Translated from Portugese by google translate. And thanks to @whf_violet on Twitter for showing me this :)

About to begin recording their new feature film adaptation of the book On The Road by Jack Kerouac at the invitation of Francis Ford Coppola , Walter Salles 's life is retold and annotated filmography by journalist Mark Strecker Na Estrada Film Walter Salles.

The book is not those who have biographies in the biography details his childhood , much less a description of the filmography frame by frame. It is a junction of two things: tells the stories of small Salles France in 1960, the decision to venture into film, his first film, his interest in road movies , awards , experience and brings a further 18 articles in various topics when he was a columnist for the Folha de Sao Paulo.

Strecker accompanying Salles career since its inception in 1989, when he began filming The Great Art and , therefore, examines all the work of a filmmaker in the Brazilian context .

Question: How do you define the book: a biography, a biopic ? And decided to structure it ?

Mark Strecker : On the Road is a book about the work Walter Salles, who is a filmmaker in the world. But to write about your film, it was necessary to also talk about their origin , their life and their values. So talk about his childhood and adolescence, about the passion for racing, few people know , for example. Explain the cinema for life, but also try to explain why movies like The Motorcycle Diaries and Central Brazil are so important. So I think the term biopic clearly defines the book.

Question: When distance itself from the style Glauber Rocha, Salles has created a style, a unique language in his films ?

Strecker : I do not think he had the deliberate intention of departing from authors such as Glauber Rocha, who was the brightest of the New Cinema. But Salles has created its own language and translate the authentic , for the Brazilian universe , modern and innovative cinematography from abroad, like the Wim Wenders, and not following what was done here. He rewrote what he had seen abroad and turned into something deep in Brazil, as did the modernists. The Salles , incidentally, is currently producer of Glauber 's son , Erik Rocha , showing his respect for big names that marked the Brazilian cinema.

Question: Why Coppola ended up choosing Salles , a Brazilian, to make a film as complex as On the Road ?

Strecker : Were the talent , seriousness and consistency that showed Salles The Motorcycle Diaries " which led to the invitation to go On the Road. It's a story offending on children of immigrants who wanted to live intensely. I find it significant that a Brazilian has been chosen to lead this work so important to American society. Perhaps the U.S. was Obama 's are more prepared to see nonconformists these characters , who live outside the American dream.

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