When Farrow was reluctant to film a scene that depicted a dazed and preoccupied Rosemary wandering into the middle of a Manhattan street into oncoming traffic, Polanski pointed to her pregnancy padding and reassured her, “no one’s going to hit a pregnant woman”. The scene was successfully shot with Farrow walking into real traffic and Polanski following, operating the hand-held camera since he was the only one willing to do it.
Until I was 18 to 20, film was not something I concentrated on. Films seemed so official to me. They didn’t seem to be made by people, they seemed to be handed down by gods. The Coens felt like people behind their movies. With Woody Allen or Monty Python, I could see those were people. Movies in general about “important” things, I felt little or no connection to. They just felt like they were issued to me. When I was in college, I found all these movies that felt like these deeply… They were like novels, or poems, or music, or dance. They were from people.
—Frances Ha and Greenberg star Greta Gerwig, on the films that have been most important to her in her life, what she learned about acting from Gene Kelly and John Wayne, and how her relationship with movies evolved from age 5 to today. [Read More]