An Idea or just a thought?
I watched this short interview with the director Anthony Mann with a focus on his westerns with James Stewart which I would like to revisit myself, not fully aware of their power or influence in the genre and film. That’s another post or two for the future.
I was stopped in my tracks from 8.03 – 8.25 when he mentions the great stories being laid in the west
“you can take any of the great dramas, doesn’t matter if its Greek plays or whatever, you can always lay then in the west and they somehow come alive and this kind of passion and drama you can have patricide every kind of cide in a western and you can get away with it, it’s where all action took place”
This has really struck a chord with me. I don’t know if it’s the start of another piece of work, it feels very early to say that. Or is it just a thought, a great connection from one text to a genre which I love so much.
I have ideas of adapting a play of Shakespeare’s into the West, in screenplay form. Or even building the sets for a theatre production, documenting them, or having a stage play. I’m not a writer really, the reviews are a search for ideas and enjoyment of film. To really write takes talent which writers have. Thinking about it, the theatre sets is one step I could easily make, I could build the stage with simple mechanics.
Again its too early really to say where and if it goes beyond the quote. Until then enjoy the interview, any ideas would be welcome.