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Let's Drift: John Maclean's Cinematic Baker's Dozen
Mat Colegate , July 3rd, 2015 06:51

As his debut feature Slow West hits the cinemas, John Maclean - former Beta Band member turned director - takes time out to reveal his 13 favourite films to The Quietus


Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955)

Carl Theodore Dreyer is a more recent discovery. I went back to watching a lot of Bergman and then I read about who he was influenced by and watched all of their films. It feels like all European arthouse really stems from Dreyer films. Every single one is a masterpiece. I chose Ordet because I think it has one of the most emotional endings of any films I've ever seen. It influenced Slow West through some of the lighting and the structures with the houses in the dream sequence at the end. I was definitely thinking about Dreyer and Bergman with the simple white walls. Trying to get that simplicity, not over fussing with design and costume and sets. Keeping stuff quite minimal.