Lasse Hallstrom - Quotes

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My father would tell anyone who would listen that this dentist thing he was doing was not his passion; cinematography was. ---->>>

I can't go back and label myself as an outcast because I was a pretty well-adjusted kid, but I can certainly relate to the feeling of being an outsider. ---->>>

I think I avoid stepping into sentimentality by trying to be as truthful as possible with performances. ---->>>

I made all their videos, apart from the last two, so if you ever see an Abba video on TV then it's my stuff. ---->>>

My key interest in choosing scripts is character-driven stories, because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot. ---->>>

A film that is bleached tends to have a more realistic quality. ---->>>

I always need a couple of highlights to really spark the passion for a project. ---->>>

I'm on this diet where you're supposed to eat only fish and meat. ---->>>

My films do have characters who have trouble escaping the world around them. ---->>>

Many of the comedies I had made in Sweden were slightly based on semi-autobiographical experiences, so adapting novels was a very different experience. ---->>>

Cinema has become a global economy, totally international. ---->>>

But I notice that there is a lack of darkness in my movies and I don't know where that comes from. ---->>>

I love mixing amateurs and professionals. ---->>>

ABBA: The Movie; I got a lot of grief for working on that. ---->>>

I always try to preserve my cinematographic style, even while I work in the US. I wish to always be European. ---->>>

I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels. ---->>>

But now I wish I could back to Stockholm to make international films there. ---->>>

I am always more interested in performance and character depiction, and my direction says as much. ---->>>

I feel the need to work with my wife, Lena Olin, again. ---->>>

I love improvising. ---->>>

I was always attracted by the European way of life, but I am deeply Swedish. ---->>>

It's just, for me, the natural standard: a woman should be able to decide over her own body. ---->>>

My father was an amateur filmmaker who shot 8mm color documentaries. ---->>>

I discovered the 7th art at home when I was kid, through Charlie Chaplin's movies and those of my father who shot documentaries. He was my biggest influence. So I took his camera and started shooting. ---->>>

I got to work with my wife, Lena Olin, for the first time, which was great. I thought it might be difficult in some way to talk to one's wife in a different way but it was so not forced. ---->>>

I imagined that it might be awkward to talk to your wife about her performance, so going into it I was a little nervous. But doing it was actually a wonderfully inspiring experience. ---->>>

I love involving actors at all levels - and they have to know that I want to hear their contributions, with dialogue, with story suggestions, with script changes, whatever. ---->>>

It was important on The Shipping News to have my house far enough away from each location so I had this time in the morning to think about my shots and still remain open to surprises once I got to the set. ---->>>

Kevin, as the whole cast is, just wonderful people and great people, and people who are attracted to this kind of material and accepting the idea of going to Newfoundland and knowing the kind of lack of amenities. ---->>>

To see my wife getting inspired from my notes and thoughts, going in the direction I wanted, and have her surprise me with wonderful choices was a real treat. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Swedish
Born: 06-02, 1946
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Occupation: Director
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Lars Sven "Lasse" Hallström (Swedish: [ˈla.ˈsɛ ˈhal.ˈstrœm]; born 2 June 1946) is a Swedish film director. He first became known for directing almost all music videos by pop group ABBA, and subsequently became a feature film director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) (1985) and later for The Cider House Rules (1999) (wikipedia)