Jun 15, 2011

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Michael Powell

"The first question I would ask you, is what is the tone of the director? It is a take-it-or-leave-it tone? It is a dispassionate tone? Is it meant to be the wiseguy’s thoughts - or meditations - or memories? And, in the final hiding place, is he resigned to his completely anonymous existence, or does he expect that they will catch up with him some day? I think that the narration is brilliantly handled on the page, and the tone of the narration will be equally important. How have you managed to sustain the action and narration side by side for the whole length of the script? It’s a masterpiece. I can only compare it with the script of The African Queen, or Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity." — Michael Powell, writing to Martin Scorsese in 1988 about the script for Goodfellas, then Wise Guys

1 comment:

  1. "It's a masterpiece"? It can't be good, then. ;)