I talked to director Ira Sachs Married Life, his third and most recent feature film, for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The piece is now live online. Here are few clips:
On adapting a pulp novel:
People often say that you can make a movie out of a pulp fiction better than a movie out of a classic and I think there is some reason for that because there’s something more you can play with. I think in a way that’s the tension in the film, because it is a genre film on some level and yet it’s told in a naturalistic fashion.
On setting the tone:
The credits sequence is a playful animated sequence. I wanted to signal to the audience very early on that what takes place following might be very serious to the characters, but that the audience didn’t need to take it too seriously.
On creating the period:
We wanted to use the ’40s as if they were today because we wanted the characters to seem as familiar as possible within their dilemmas. There’s that old Faulkner line, “The past isn’t past, it isn’t even over yet.” I think that that’s true. I connected to these characters as if they were myself, my parents, my grandparents. They’re people I know.
Read the complete feature here.
My review of the film will run in the Friday edition of the Seattle P-I. I’ll feature it in my blog when it goes online Thursday night.
I’ll be publishing my complete interview with Ira Sachs later this weekend.