Happy Birthday: John McTiernan

WILDsound Festival

johnmctiernan.jpgJohn McTiernan

Born: January 8, 1951 in Albany, New York, USA

[on learning what a film was] I went about it like it was reverse engineering. I knew that I had to go and learn what a movie was, not just my experience of going and watching a movie. So I went and sat in Truffaut’s Day for Night (1973), watched it for three days straight, eight hours at a time and memorized it shot-for-shot. I got past the story, all the original and secondary experience, so I could study what it was that I was really watching. Film is really sort of a chain that’s really linear. Yet when it’s all strung together, it just sort of feels like an experience. It takes quite a while to be able to deconstruct that experience to figure out what you really saw.

Predator
1987
dir. McTiernan
Cast
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Carl Weathers

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