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Take Oedipus, for instance. The Freudians don’t like this, but in reality Oedipus is a detective story, a mystery, nothing other than that. The mother thing, the complex, is bullshit, because he didn’t know. He’s not guilty, really. It’s sheer melodrama, for the masses. Now I talked with Brecht about this, and I told him that it was religion that made such crazy melodrama possible for the ancient Greeks. That, of course, is not possible any more. He agreed. But he was at a complete dead end. L’art pour I’art offered nothing, so finally he escaped into Marxism.
It was interesting especially because it was a color movie and you used such heavy shadow work. It was reminiscent of film noir, those very downbeat forties movies that use very few sources of light. Well, again I was using Alton on that. ” And that was Rembrandt, you see, because he goes in for the heavy shadows and the highlight coming through them. If you were doing a light, happy one, you’d go for a light, happy painter. You used the talents of the Lydecker brothers at Republic several times.
I’d go in there and the owner was a typical American cafe owner. This was the only place in town then. It was only a farming community. ” he’d say. ” Well, being from Europe, I was still interested. This was 1939, and some things were happening, you know. So I kept after him. A. A. Times in every morning. That was fine. And even some of the truckdrivers and farmers who stopped in for their coffee or sandwich started to read it. Then I suggested he attach the paper to a stick of wood. ” “Look,” I said, “these truckers come in here and 20 ACTION!