I have a 92 year old father whose doing beautifully who lives in Chicago and a sister and a nephew and a niece and I love coming back and try to do so fairly often.
I mean, the whole idea of movies was it was special to go to see; you went to a movie theater to see something that was magical and amazing, in a very special location.
My family was loving… they were very supportive and very affectionate, and basically I could do what I wanted, and basically it wasn’t anything dangerous, thank God.
Yes I try to do everything I can not to fail hideously.
I produced and directed a movie a couple years ago that won some awards that Samuel Goldwyn released called ‘The Last Good Time’. I wrote, produced and directed it, but I wasn’t in it.
God, I’d love to do a big commercial movie that made a lot of money and whose plot was interesting too.
My dad was born in Chicago in 1908… his parents came from Russia. They settled in Chicago, where they lived in a little tiny grocery store with eight or nine children – in the backroom all together – and my grandmother got the idea to go into the movie business.
I’ve directed a fair amount of television series – so I’m always trying to learn new things. One episode was all hand-held and I’m trying to get better at when you should do things and when you should just shut up and watch what the people are saying.
I think some of the special effects in Close Encounters hold up better than the new more expensive special effects is because they were better actually.
I’m from the Midwest, and I loved my family. I had a very good time as a child, but I was also – I have a theory about Jews growing up in the Midwest, that there is an ultimately sort of wonderful avoidance of a lot of things, and a great acceptance of whatever is happening.
Oh, I was completely hooked on movies and plays and theater from the time I was a day old; I was very, very early on in love with movies and I loved plays.
People so far have been very fond of the Robert Altman movie, as I am, and when one things goes well it shines light on your other projects and now I seem to have a number of projects that are moving forward.