While reading these two pieces (both available online) this week, I stumbled upon this glorious contradiction, and figured it was too good not to share.
“What interests me more than anything else is the idea. If a person can tell me the idea in twenty-five words or less, it’s going to be a good movie.”
—Steven Spielberg, qtd. in Thomas Schatz, “The New Hollywood,” Film Theory Goes to the Movies, ed. Jim Collins et al. (London: Routledge, 1993), 33.
“Whenever you have an ‘idea,’ as in a concept that you could explain to someone, like a hook or at worst a gimmick, that is a bad thing. It feels good, but it’s not good.”
—Greta Gerwig, qtd. in Adam Sternbergh, “14 Screenwriters Writing,” The New York Times Magazine, November 25, 2013.