Alec Nevala-Lee

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The protective shell

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I wrote my films not really understanding what I’d written. Then I shot them, and they meant certain things to me. But what they meant—that I didn’t really understand until afterwards. Long afterwards. If my relationships to my own products are so odd, it’s because often when I’m writing and shooting a film I’m inside some sort of protective shell. I hardly analyze what I’m doing or why I’m doing it. I rationalize afterwards.

Ingmar Bergman, quoted by Eric Lax in Conversations with Woody Allen

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December 31, 2017 at 7:30 am

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