Godfrey Reggio

  • Aired:  02/12/14
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Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio expands on his unique approach to cinema and shares a clip from his movie "Visitors." (4:23)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A

SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS FILMMAKERWHOSE NEW FILM IS CALLED

"VISITORS."

LET'S HOPE IT HAS QUALITY KILLS.

PLEASE WELCOME GODFREY REGGIO.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THANKS FOR COMING

ON.

I'VE BEEN WATCHING YOUR FILMSFOR MANY YEARS, HAVEN'T SEEN ONE

IN A WHILE.

FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW, YOUARE THE WRITER, DIRECTOR AND

PRODUCER WHOSE FIRST WAS"KOYAANISQATSI."

FOLLOWED BY "POWQATSI."

>> PERFECT.

>> Stephen: YOUR NEW FILM ISCALLED "VISITORS."

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

(LAUGHTER)BEFORE WE GET TO "VISITORS"

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR OUVREIF I MAY BE SO BOLD.

BEING THE FIRST LADY OF FRANCE--

(LAUGHTER).

YOUR FILMS OFTEN HAD LOTS OFQUICK CAMERA SHOTS, ACCELERATED

TIME LAPSE AND PHILLIP GLASS.

>> INDEED.

>> Stephen: FRIEND OF THESHOW.

OKAY, WHAT IS "VISITORS"?

IS IN THE THE SAME TRADITION?

>> IT'S IN THE SAME TRADITION INTHAT IT'S A SPEECHLESS

NARRATIVE.

BUT -->> Stephen: I'M SORRY, WHAT IS

THAT?

>> A SPEECHLESS NARRATIVE ISLIKE WATCHING A PAINTING.

PAINTINGS CAN SPEAK TO YOU IFYOU STAND IN FRONT OF THEM.

>> SO THE PAINTING CAN SPEAK TOYOU?

>> INDEED.

>> Stephen: LIKE IN HARRYPOTTER?

>> LET'S SHOW THE FIRST CLIPRIGHT HERE.

>> LET'S SHOW THE FIRST CLIPRIGHT HERE.

>> LET'S SHOW THE FIRST CLIPRIGHT HERE.

>> Stephen: I'M SORRY, ISHOULD HAVE SAID "SPOILER ALERT

-- GORILLA."

WAS THAT ACTUALLY A GORILLA?

>> THAT'S THE GORILLA IN THEBRONX ZOO.

>> HOW DID YOU GET IT SO STILL?

WHAT WAS YOUR BANANA BUDGET FORTHAT?

(LAUGHTER)HOW DID YOU GET IT SO STILL?

>> WELL, BECAUSE THE GORILLA ISSTILL AND OUR JOB WAS TO NOT SEE

A GORILLA IF WE HAD SHOT INAFRICA BECAUSE THEN THEY SPEND

$30 MILLION TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKEAFRICA.

WE TOOK THE BACKGROUND OUT OFTHE GORILLA AND PUT HER IN THE

BLACKGROUND AND NOW THEGORILLA'S LOOKING AT YOU.

>> Stephen: WELL, AND THEOTHER PART OF THE FILM, JIM,

JUST ROLL THIS PART.

DON'T PUT THE SOUND, I WANT TOTALK OVER IT FOR A SECOND.

THIS NEXT CLIP YOU'VE GOT HERE,NOW YOU'VE GOT SHOTS OF THESE

KIDS, THAT KID KIND OF LOOKSLIKE A GORILLA.

(LAUGHTER)LOOKING AT US.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: AND A LOT OF THEREST OF THE MOVIE, THERE'S NO

DIALOGUE BUT A LOT IS STILLNESS,STILL SHOTS OF PEOPLE.

IT'S FILM BUT IT'S FILMING OFSTILLNESS.

WHY DID YOU THINK THAT WE NEEDED-- WHY DID YOU NEED TO SHOW US

THINGS NOT HAPPENING TO A LARGEDEGREE?

(LAUGHTER)>> WELL, THERE'S A LOT HAPPENING

IN IT, ACTUALLY.

ALL OF THESE PEOPLE -- WHAT'SMISSING IN WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING

AT IS THE SCREEN THAT THEY'RELOOKING AT.

AND THEY'RE GAMING, BASICALLY.

>> Stephen: SO THAT'S THE FACEOF A KID PLAYING A VIDEO GAME?

>> YES, SO WHAT YOU SEE IS ALLOF THE EXPRESSIONS OF THEIR

FACES.

THIS IS HOW WE LOOK WHEN OLDERPEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WATCH

TELEVISION, WE DROOL.

(LAUGHTER)WHEN KIDS --

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> I WATCH IT ALL THE TIME.

>> Stephen: DO YOU DROOL?

>> YES, INDEED.

>> Stephen: HOW OLD ARE YOU?

>> 74.

>> Stephen: I'M 49.

WHEN DO I START DROOLING?

(LAUGHTER)WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING ME.

>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: GODFREY REGGIO.

THE FILM-- OR NOT FILM-- ISCALLED "VISITORS."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.