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“There are instances in which cultural specificity informs a piece of art. In other instances, it’s precisely that the more specific it is, the more universal it becomes. There are films by Yasujiro Ozu, for example, where on the surface they couldn’t be more Japanese, but in their themes and treatment of emotions there is universal appeal.” ~ ALEXANDER PAYNE.

Alexander Payne

Film Director
Jan 19, 2018 5:50 AM

THERE'S A CERTAIN kind of pressure that comes from being known as a film-lover's filmmaker, one whose dark comedies generate buzz, tackle serious subjects and invariably make money at the box office. But Alexander Payne, who has a knack for attracting big stars to act in small films about the

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