The Joy of Discovery: Alexander Payne’s Approach to Filmmaking
Alexander Payne, the director, and writer of such films as Sideways and The Descendants, is a true artist. His love for filmmaking started early on in his life. He grew up watching movies with his father, and he has always been passionate about filmmaking. This article will explore some of Alexander’s favorite movies that have shaped him as a filmmaker.
These are Alexander Payne’s favorite movies:
– The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959)
– Shampoo (Ashby, 1975)
– Breaking Away (Yates 1979)
– His Girl Friday(1940), the original screwball comedy. It is a fast-paced romantic comedy about an ace reporter and a PR man who try to keep her engaged with their boss.
– Lawrence of Arabia(Lean, 1962) “It’s extraordinary what he does with landscapes,” Payne remarked. He also noted how Lean has no musical score over any scene in his film, which brings out its beauty without being too showy or taking away from the scene. “It’s a movie that has so much in it, so many rich details.”
– The French Connection (Friedkin, 1971)
Le Samourai(Melville, 1967) Payne commented on how Melville could create something brand new with this film, which he loves it. It’s about a hit-man trying to get out of the racket by giving up his boss, but things don’t go as planned.
Alexander Payne likes some other films are Citizen Kane (1941) and Raging Bull (1980). The reason he loves these films is that they are timeless classics with many layers to them. As a filmmaker, Payne wants to make enjoyable movies and has something in it for the audience to take away and think about after they leave the theater.
Payne’s philosophy on filmmaking is having an impact on his audiences and staying true to reality when he writes films. He doesn’t want to write anything that he cannot see happening in real life. He wants to write movies that are fun and have a deeper meaning and impact on audiences.