“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”
“Because it’s a book about a man who doesn’t know he’s about to die and then dies. But if the man does know he’s going to die and dies anyway, dies willingly, knowing he could stop it, then i mean, isn’t that the type of man you want to keep alive?”
It’s not necessarily the adventures of Willie (John Lurie), Eva (Eszter Balint), and Eddie (Richard Edson) that make this feature so great, considering these characters don’t really do much on those jaunts besides smoke cigarettes, watch TV, and gamble, but rather because of the intimacy that exists between the film and the viewer thanks to the grounded performances.