Robert Redford on America: ‘Certain things have got lost’
“Certain things have got lost,” said Redford. “Our belief system had holes punched in it by scandals that occurred, whether it was Watergate, the quiz show scandal, or Iran-Contra; it’s still going on…Beneath all the propaganda is a big grey area, another America that doesn’t get any attention; I decided to make that the subject of my films.”
Redford, now 76, also had critical words for the US’s never-ending drive for economic and technological development, which he considers has been a damaging force.
“We are in a dire situation; the planet is speaking with a very loud voice. In the US we call it Manifest Destiny, where we keep pushing and developing, never mind what you destroy in your wake, whether its Native American culture or the natural environment.
“I’ve also seen the relentless pace of technological increase. It’s getting faster and faster; and it fascinates me to ask: how long will it go on before it burns out.”
Redford suggested this All Is Lost, which concentrates on a single man’s struggle to survive at sea after his boat is damaged and loses all power, could be seen as a counterweight. “This film is about having none of that: all you have is a man, a boat and the weather, nothing but the elements. That’s it.”
Redford also said that he enjoyed working purely as an actor, “give myself over completely to another director.” Redford’s work for JC Chandor was his first lead role for anther film-maker since 2005’s An Unfinished Life. His decision to step back from day-to-day involvement in the Sundance film festival would appear to have given him more scope for acting.
The pair met when Chandor’s debut film, Margin Call, was selected for the Sundance in 2011. Chandor had already completed the script for his follow-up, and shortly after the festival offered the role to Redford.
Redford joked that none of his Sundance directors had ever approached him as an actor – “Gee, it was nice!” – but was fulsome in his praise of the younger man. “He was relentless in his vision, but also very respectful, and it encouraged me to give it more and more.”
Posted on May 28, 2013, in buisiness, Government, Human rights and Liberties, International affairs, politics, USA, War and tagged Cannes, JC Chandor, Margin Call, Redford, Robert Redford, Sundance Film Festival, Unfinished Life, United States. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.