Lee on Scorsese, Moore on Jonze, Cronenberg on Kaufman

by Eric Melin on December 3, 2008

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martin scorsese 2008 b/wThanks to Scene-Stealers contributor Tony Sams for these links. Interview magazine has a history of really cool interviews, and new to their website are three artist-interviewing-artist interviews that are pretty great. You get to hear Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese talk about the differences in growing up Italian-American and African-American in New York City, and I love how conversational the tone is.

Also featured is director David Cronenberg (“A History of Violence,” “The Fly”), who certainly has his own fetishes, interviewing screenwriter and first-time director Charlie Kaufman (“Synecdoche, New York,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) about maintaining his personal vision. Then there’s the question-off challenge made by Sonic Youth guitarist/vocalist Thurston Moore to his old friend, director Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation”) that features this exchange:

TM: Do you fall in love fast and deep, or do you exact caution and willpower?
[The crowd applauds again. The judges make some notes.]

SJ: What man would you be cool making out with?
[A man seated in the back of the crowd gets up to leave.]

TM: Have you ever had the shit kicked out of you?
[The crowd cheers, apparently liking this one. Audience members seem to be starting to side with Moore.]

SJ: [quickly interrupting the applause] When you first had sex, were you happy or confused or both or what?
[The crowd likes this one too. Jonze is breathing quickly but is slightly relieved that he landed a good one.]

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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