On fiction and life

linklater_still-300x169I really enjoyed hearing this from director Richard Linklater on yesterday’s (Feb 2) PBS NewsHour (fast forward to the last 10 minutes of the program). It parallels my own thoughts on fiction, and life.

“The artificiality of so much plot always bugged me… I think the three act structure is an artifice. A lot of plot points that work so well in a thriller… [don’t] happen in most of our lives.”

At the same time, he’s not an improviser. “I wouldn’t know how to turn on a camera and just see what happens.”

Here’s an extra clip where he talks about being glad his own childhood wasn’t as recorded as today’s generation, and here’s a post on the five films Linklater feels everyone should see. (I’ve seen none of them.)


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