Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Ethan and Joel Coen – film journalist Johannes Noldt has always been fascinated by the great minds behind great Hollywood films. So much so that the 28-year-old has dedicated his blog Meister des Films to directors, their work and inspiration. But which director does he have an action figure of?
1. Which cinematic universe would you like to live in?
“I’d love to take a trip to Alice’s Wonderland. While Tim Burton’s version was a major disappointment for me, the Disney classic from 1951 is one of my all time favorites when it comes to traditional hand-drawn animation. I couldn’t wait to meet all the crazy characters: have a chat with the hookah smoking Caterpillar, solve the riddles of the Cheshire Cat, or celebrate my unbirthday with the Mad Hatter.”
2. Who’s your favourite director?
“That’s a tough one as I admire the work of so many different filmmakers. Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, and the Coen brothers come to mind. But if you force me to make a decision it has to be Quentin Tarantino. Throughout his career he has never ceased to suprise and amaze me with his films. Kill Bill (Vol. I and II as a whole) is my favorite because of its energy and variety in style. The way Tarantino pays homage to the history of cinema while still writing and directing original stories was what started my fascination with movies in the first place. His use of dialogue and music in films like Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds is simply masterful.”
For more of Johannes’ thoughts on Tarantino’s use of music, see his blog post on Tarantino’s best soundtracks (german language only).
3. Which film character would you like to have a drink with?
“Shoshanna Dreyfus from Inglourious Basterds, played by Mélanie Laurent. To me she is the most sympathetic and adorable of all the great Tarantino characters. Plus: she kills Nazis. Since Shoshanna runs her own cinema, I’d convince her to teach me the art of projecting films. Learning to do that is way up high on my bucket list.”