Enjoy a Fantastic 1985 Interview with Louis Malle

“Some filmmakers tend to always do the same film over and over again," says Louis Malle. “I really don’t blame them for that, and in a certain way I envy them. Maybe it’s easier or more comfortable. I am a victim to my restless curiosity.” And when you think of cinema’s most brilliant filmmakers, it’s not only the auteurs whose work has solidified their place in history, it’s also the directors whose range gives us a unpredictable and vast array of films covering myriad genres, topics, and styles. And if there’s one director whose work truly encompassed it all, it was Malle. From The Lovers and The Fire Within to My Dinner with Andre and Phantom India, his oeuvre travels from the French New Wave to Hollywood pictures and that of the non-fiction world. 

Yesterday, when looking back on Cinema’s Best Coiffures we named his Elevator to the Gallows star Jeanne Moreau, the radiant and wonderful actress who, starred in a number of his films, as a highlight of the list. But thanks to The Seventh Art, we’re reminded of Malle’s Alamo Bay, with an interview conducted by NBC 5 reporter Bobbie Wygnat.
 
The 1985 drama tells the story of a Vietnam vet who clashes with Vietnamese immigrants who move to his Texas bay hometown, and certainly wasn’t a film as praised as this other work, causing a divisive reaction amongst critics. The New York Times stated: 
“Like many other movies that have their origins in a general idea, which characters and their story, Alamo Bay is almost shamefully clumsy and superficial – it’s manufactured ‘art.’ Watching it is an unhappy experience that never becomes illuminating.” 
In the interview we see Malle discuss the criticism that the film endured and the ever-evolving nature of his work. Take a look below.
 
 
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