Edward Zwick’s influences

Some artistic touchstones that made an impact

Edward Zwick calls his influences “too numerous to list” — but he does note some artistic touchstones that have stayed with him:

SOME OF THE CLASSICS

“‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was brilliant in every detail and also had a complex hero. There was also ‘The Maltese Falcon,’ ‘The Great Escape,’ ‘The Guns of Navarone’ and ‘Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.’ ”

FOREIGN FILM

“I was so privileged to be part of a generation for whom foreign film was everything. I was in Cambridge, Mass., and the Orson Welles Theater was down the street, and they would have a Truffaut festival one week and a Fellini festival the next week and then a Godard festival after that.”

HIS DAYS AT ROLLING STONE

“I interviewed the Grateful Dead the day Pigpen (Ron McKernan) died, and I had an office next to Hunter Thompson — that had to be an influence.”

A PRE-BLU-RAY WORLD

“When you saw a film, you could never count on being able to see it again in the early 1970s. There was no VHS or DVD. So there was a greater intensity of experience. That was a big part of the passion of going out to see movies: You never knew when you might see them again.”

THE DIRECTORS

“I worked with Woody Allen, and Sidney Pollack was very supportive and welcomed me into the business.”

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