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MSN Movies: What’s in your DVD player?
Todd Haynes: I watched “La Vie en Rose” last night on hotel pay-per-view, and I watched “Knocked Up” the night before. I hadn’t seen either of those before. But I just got the Criterion Collection of Lindsay Anderson‘s “If …,” one of my favorite movies. I wanted to watch the extras, but I didn’t have time before I left town.
You’ve recorded commentary for some of your DVD releases. How do you feel about commentary tracks?
I guess it’s a good thing. I remember feeling like I was sharing stuff on my films that I thought might be interesting to some people, and I’ve heard some people say that it was, but I don’t really ever listen to them on other films myself and I never listen to my own.
When you put out a DVD, what things you like to see on there, the things you like to share with audiences and you think would expand their connection to the film?
It depends on the film. I do a lot of preparation for my films and it depends on what that preparation is. Often it’s about talking about other directors and approaches, the way the film was shot, the way the film looks, or literary references, things about [Douglas] Sirk or [Rainer Werner] Fassbinder or about [Jean] Genet, it just depends on the film in particular. Just where a lot of the ideas came from.
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A longer, different version of the interview is here on GreenCine.