Movie Trivia #6: 30 Harshest Filmmaker-On-Filmmaker Insults
Around a year ago, Flavorwire posted an entertaining and eye-opening list of insults made by famous directors against the work of their peers. While this may be old news to some of you, I’m posting it here because I think it’s a brilliant reminder of the imperfection of even those filmmakers considered to be among the greatest.
Above all, what the post really highlights for me is that the quality of a film, and the talent of a director, is all based entirely on perspective. Which is very reassuring, since it can seem such a daunting task to aspire to the heights of such idolised directors; this list brings them back to Earth and reminds us that they are in fact, a part of the same human race as we are.
Here’s a few of my favourite insults:
6. Werner Herzog on Jean-Luc Godard:
“Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good kung-fu film.”
15. Jacques Rivette on James Cameron (and Steven Spielberg):
“Cameron isn’t evil, he’s not an asshole like Spielberg. He wants to be the new De Mille. Unfortunately, he can’t direct his way out of a paper bag. “
18. Tim Burton on Kevin Smith (after Smith jokingly accused Burton of stealing the ending of Planet of the Apes from a Smith comic book):
“Anyone who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. And I would especially never read anything created by Kevin Smith.”
19. Kevin Smith on Tim Burton (in response to “I would never read a comic book”):
“Which, to me, explains fucking Batman.”
For the full list, head on over to Flavorwire.