REDFORD FISHES FOR SUCCESS

"In any case, all the themes were finally approved," Bernstein said, "and then we went to Ireland to record them with Redford in attendance.

"The next thing I heard was that Mark Isham had been hired to replace me."
Bernstein hesitated.
"I don't want to sound bitter. This is patently ridiculous. I have made 200 films and Redford has now made three. On top of that, he has no idea what music's supposed to be doing in a film."
Bernstein added that the emergence of ill-equipped people like Redford as directors inhibits creativity throughout the entire project of making a film.

"If one really analyzes what makes a film," Bernstein said, "it's the script. After the script comes the actors who bring the script to life and then it's the director. Any great director will tell you that 80 percent of the success of a film depends on the actors who play the roles."
Bernstein's take on Redford as a director is that he will not allow anyone the freedom to do anything he doesn't put his own stamp of approval on.

"Redford's presence inhibits creativity. The same thing happens with cinematography, the script, the actors, everyone all down the line."
Bernstein has worked in films for more than 40 years. Some of his better-known film scores are for The Man With the Golden Arm, The Magnificent Seven, True Grit, Airplane, The Shootist, To Kill a Mockingbird and, most recently, My Left Foot and Rambling Rose.

Redford has a reputation as "a control freak" who allows no room for spontaneity when shooting a scene. His rigid sense of pacing was held responsible by insiders for turning his second film, The Milagro Beanfield War, into a sleepwalk.

And yet, there is no getting around the fact that he did win an Academy Award for Ordinary People, his first directorial assignment. And in order to do that, Redford had to beat out Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull. @rule:

@body:Norman Maclean said in his introduction to A River Runs Through It that "writing makes everything bigger and longer."

I haven't seen the film. I don't know what Redford has done to it, but I fear the worst at this point. Redford doesn't seem to have a sense of humor. I fear Redford would have a hard time understanding a man like Maclean. Asked by a secretary to supply a title for a paper he was to read for a scholarly club called The Thinkers, Maclean answered:

"Put down 'Logging and Pimping,'" Maclean told the secretary, "and where it says 'Speaker,' put down, 'Norman Maclean, noted authority.'"
Just in case you were waiting, the other book is Fred Exley's A Fan's Notes.

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