THEY WERE ALL SEPTEMBER BABIES
Check out the interview excerpts below to see what these movie personalities had to say to Guy Flatley or Diane Baroni.
MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI (Born on 9/29/12)
“My basic reason for making a film in America was that I love this country. I love the landscape--that’s why I chose Death Valley, because it’s so beautiful and not because it’s dead. This is also the most interesting country in the world at the moment, because of what’s going on here: the contradictions, many of which exist everywhere but which are already crashing against each other here. That’s what I tried to show in ‘Zabriskie Point.’” Click here for the complete interview.
YVONNE DE CARLO (Born on 9/1/22)
“I’d like to be invisible so I could take my Luger and shoot all these people who go around shooting cops. In California, they’re getting shot all the time. A policeman is standing on the freeway giving somebody a ticket, and–bang!–somebody else drives by and shoots him down. Why shouldn’t I collect guns? Lots of people do. Shooting happens to be the only thing I ever learned to do quickly. You ought to see me trying to learn a new dance routine–it’s pitiful! But I could always shoot. I’m sure that if I chewed tobacco, I could hit the spittoon every time.” Click here for the complete interview.
BRIAN DE PALMA (Born on 9/11/40)
“My next film, ‘Carrie’, is a parapsychological horror story set in an ‘American Graffiti’ milieu. It starts with Carrie getting her period for the first time, in the school shower, and it shows her hysterical reaction, as well as the reaction of others to her hysteria. The film deals with the strong religious morality we have in the West, the juxtaposition of sexuality and guilt, the concept of corruption and evil being engendered by women.” Click here for the complete interview.
PETER FALK (Born on 9/16/27)
“In ‘Mikey and Nicky,’ I’m trying to make a connection, and Nicky is the one friend I have. An evening with Nicky is more fun than an evening with my wife. Nicky can make me laugh. But he also humiliates me, and my proper response to that is rage. In real life, I can identify with being made a joke of. Not so much now, since I’ve become a big actor and all that, but I haven’t lost the memory of what it’s like when somebody tries to make me feel like I’m nothing. Nobody wants to be made a joke of, especially when that joke is made by a friend. Every friendship, every closeness, contains the potential for great rivalry."
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RICHARD FARNSWORTH (Born on 9/1/20)
“My religion’s the big outdoors, seeing things that I like to see, doing things I like to do. And if there turns out to be a hereafter, I don’t think I’ve done anything to be ashamed of or to be punished for. Let’s put it this way: I’ve been a gambler all my life, and if I cash in now, I win.” Click here for the complete interview.
SYLVIA MILES (Born on 9/9/32)
“They’re driving me crazy with this party girl stuff. Look at Tammy Grimes–she goes to parties all the time, yet nobody says a word about that. It hurts to be called a party girl by some journalist who never heard of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. I did 26 Off Broadway plays before I got that role in ‘Midnight Cowboy.’ And I’m the one actress who won’t give up New York for the big money of Hollywood. On the other hand, it has been said that I make it out to the airport to greet everyone who comes in." Click here for the complete interview.
MICKEY ROONEY (Born on 9/23/20)
“I was married in the days when it was immoral to court a lady. You had to get married to get kissed. The idea was to walk off into the sunset with your childhood sweetheart, but somehow it never had a happy ending. Here’s my old friend Elizabeth Taylor entering into marriage for the seventh time. Is she happy? I hope so. And look at poor Ava Gardner--she was looking for Shangri-La when she married me, and she still hasn’t found it. I hope she finds it soon. I hope we all do." Click here for the complete interview.
FAY WRAY (Born on 9/15/07)
“When the producer, Merian Cooper, told me I was going to have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood, I thought he meant Cary Grant. Still, I knew right away that ‘King Kong’ was going to be a hit. Over the years, ‘Kong’ just grew and grew, attaching itself firmly to my consciousness. I couldn’t escape it. Finally, I decided I might as well accept it and be glad of it.” Click here for the complete interview.