On the set of The Apartment (1960)
FILM MEME: FOUR SCREENWRITERS (OR TEAMS) → BILLY WILDER & CHARLES BRACKETT (1/4)
Shirley MacLaine with director Billy Wilder on the set of The Apartment, 1960.
“I love to shoot elegantly and I pride myself that it’s not whacked together by a dilettante. But I despise doing fancy schmancy shots. I cannot stand it. If anybody in the middle of a picture suddenly grabs his partner’s knee and says, ‘Oooooh, look at that setup!’ then the picture is dead to me because he knows that there was a setup. He knows there was a camera, he knows there were people on the dolly pushing backward, forward. I try to involve the audience and make them part of what is happening on that two-dimensional screen. The key is just make it effective, but don’t make it obvious. Make it clear to them, but don’t spell it out like the audience are just a bunch of idiots. Just aim it slightly above their station and they’re going to get it.”
June 22, 1906 — March 27, 2002