An audio q+a with M. Night Shyamalan

By Adam Lippe

Here’s an audio excerpt from  a q+a that M. Night Shyamalan did after a screening of Unbreakable at last October’s Philadelphia Film Festival. Since there were no mics in the audience, only M. Night is completely audible, so I deleted the first question and you just have Night’s answer. Basically the question was about the significance of water in his films. The other topics include a very lengthy and emphatic elucidation on how to get your scripts financed and why the CGI in Signs was so bad. Even if you don’t like Shyamalan or his films, it’s a pretty passionate ten minutes and (spoiler!) there’s no twist ending.

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Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

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