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From the beginning, we were prepared, we know how we would shoot and cut the two versions.
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He considers the theatrical version of Fanny and Alexander an amputated version of what his original film was, and he doesn't really like the shorter film.
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He only had one demand. He said, "Pernilla - I wrote it for her and I want her to play my mother." And that was fine with me because she is a wonderful actress.
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I like the vulnerability, the naked face. And then, of course, I hadn't done a contemporary story in 3 or 4 films, so that also interested me.
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I liked that inside of her as part of her character. I also like her clarity, her point of view and the fact that, in the beginning of the story, the only person Smilla likes is a little boy who she finds dead.
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I spent almost 3 months with Bergman, four hours every afternoon. We sat and went through the whole script. To be honest, most of the time we talked about life and other different things. It was really a wonderful time.
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I wanted to make Jerusalem as feature film. But we couldn't finance it only through theatrical release, we couldn't get all the money we needed. We had to get some money from television. So we said, ok, let's do it both ways. So we did it in four parts.
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I was mostly interested in it as a theatrical film. Personally, I am not so interested in television, simply because I don't watch television myself. I'm into movies.
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I was very fascinated by the character of Smilla - her profoundness, her depth, in combination with her completely unsentimental way of viewing our world.
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It was a major dream come true at last. In many respects, Jerusalem is a very modern and important story about people in a period of transition, with all the unrest that permeates society on the eve of a new century. The big life issues are at stake.
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It was actually Peter's idea that I should make the film. He called me in the very beginning, and I hadn't even read the book. So I read it and I liked it very much and I knew I'd certainly like to do it.
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It was not at all difficult working in a thriller genre. What was difficult was combining the genre with the psychological portrait of Smilla.
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Les Miserables. I never read the book before, but when I read this script it was so outstanding, so brilliant, I wanted to make it.
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She is also brought to a point of zero in the beginning of the story, and I think you can say that about a lot of my films in that they are often about people who are brought to the point of zero in the beginning of the film.
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So the decision to do it in English was a very early decision. And the entire scripting-writing process was in English.
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The big difference is the size of the crew and the flexibility of shooting because of the size. I mean, it's crazy. So you can't improvise, you cannot suddenly do something that comes to mind, whereas in a small production you have much more flexibility.
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The novel is a penetrating study of morals and ethics.
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We talked a lot about The Best Intentions and how we could shoot certain scenes in different ways with slightly different bits of dialogue and information, so that later on, we could cut the piece more easily and it would still feel complete, even though it was shorter.
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When I was young and still a student, I had a lot of directors who meant a lot to me. And of course, some of Ingmar's films. A film like Cries and Whispers is for me a masterpiece.
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Yes. It is not a "religious film." It is a magical and gigantic love epic: a straightforward tale about the universal power of love, with man in the center.
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