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Carter Burwell
November 19, 1955 -
Nationality: American
Category: Composer
Subcategory: American Composer

Any film which views the darker side of life, which is death with a sense of humor, is very much to my taste.


On Being John Malkovich and the cinema of the absurd, I do enjoy it. I wish there were more like it. The very fact that there can't be more like it is one of the reasons it's admirable.


The jarring change going from an urban environment to an extremely remote natural environment is extremely inspiring. It's constantly stimulating, it's like a slap in the face.


I don't generally find myself listening to the music of a film unless there's something awfully wrong with it.


Learning how to improvise really awakened my interest in music.


Performing written music, even when I've written it, is not very interesting to me.


How does my music connect to an audience? That is just a complete mystery to me.


I don't find myself lobbying for projects. Filmmakers almost always come to me.


I have always loved Scottish music - all sorts of Celtic, Gaelic music.


A carefree quality is a whole aspect of life that I will never understand. I don't think I have ever been carefree and can't see the pleasure of it.


If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.


Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film, or at least in narrative feature films.


I like the fact that New York looks a bit backwards, toward the Old World, rather than resolutely forwards.


I like business and personal life to be distinct.


If someone suddenly lost their director the day before shooting and wanted me to step in, I'd be willing to. But I'd do brain surgery the same way. I'm always up for something new.


When the systems we expect to help us actually hurt us, we have tragedy.


Connection is what one is after in probably most media, but certainly in film, which is an immersive medium.


New Yorkers may think they're on some cutting edge, but that's not especially true. It is, however, the most exciting heterogeneous mess of a town I've ever seen.


I think I've only done one horror movie, Psycho III. That was a walk in the park compared to a romantic comedy.


I had piano lessons when I was a kid, like most people. And hated them, like most people. And quit, like most people.


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