By Jim Schutze
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What is your favorite movie of all time?
I'm torn here. Today I might say 2001: A Space Odyssey, tomorrow it might be Tokyo Story, and on another day it will be a film by John Ford or Howard Hawks or Preston Sturges or François Truffaut. Depends on how I feel.
Which, of all your films, is your favorite?
It was Alice in the Cities for a decade, then it was Wings of Desire for a decade, now it is Million Dollar Hotel, and not just because it is recent.
Why did you choose plate armor for the angel in Wings of Desire?
Good question. I had sleepless nights because of that at the time, thinking it was a disastrous wrong decision. It was, but nobody noticed much.
If you could invite four people, throughout history, to a dinner party, who would they be? Why?
I would invite my brother and my dad, so they could meet my wife. They both died before I met her. Then I would invite Albert Einstein, because he had a good sense of humor, and I would like him to explain a couple of things to me. And finally, I guess I would invite Marilyn Monroe to sing us a couple of songs. Wait, maybe the music could be provided by Johann Sebastian Bach? Wow, I guess Marilyn might not be invited after all.
What scene was the hardest to direct in Paris, Texas?
Anything with you in it. You were such a spoiled brat! The rest was a piece of cake.