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Alexander Payne Takes Care of the Smallest Details

Alexander PayneTalking to Alexander Payne about movies is like opening an encyclopedia of knowledge. The Oscar-winning writer-director still enjoys watching and discussing movies. Payne is always willing to give his opinion about the standard of movies created in the U.S. in the 21st century. The care shown by Payne about the film industry allows him to feel grateful that filmmakers are getting the chance to show their skills across several platforms.

Alexander Payne has become known and respected for the quality of the dark comedies he has created. From directing Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick in “Election” to the Oscar-winning “Sideways”, Payne remains one of Hollywood’s top directors. The director’s eye for detail is a key part of his success.

Looking back at his respected dramedy, “Nebraska”, the director explains the location and extras were a key to building every performance. The main cast of “Nebraska” came from the established acting communities of Los Angeles and New York. The extras and additional cast were drawn from real people living and working in the Cornhusker State. As a native Nebraskan, Alexander Payne wanted to create a feeling of reality in his work that left the people and locations untouched. Payne’s crew found actors at community theaters and on the street who would form the beating heart of his movie.

Alexander Payne Making his latest movie did not give Alexander Payne much time to watch the latest releases in theaters and on streaming platforms. The “Sideways” director found time to enjoy “Year of the Dog” at the Telluride Film Festival. He is known for returning to his favorite movies from the silent era to the 1970s. Payne remains a devotee of Italian and Japanese movies from the postwar period to the 1960s. Among the movies, the director returns to regularly is Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times.” The eclectic tastes of Alexander Payne include a love of classic westerns including “The Wild Bunch.” Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” is known to be the inspiration for many western movies and sits high on his list of favorite movies.