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Dec 15, 2011, 05:33AM

No Country For Old Men

A 1976 interview with director Martin Scorsese vs. a 2002 interview with late media commentator Andy Rooney.

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Martin Scorsese: People would say anything, do anything in the backseat - it was like he didn't exist.

Andy Rooney: I go down there to Florida and look around and I said, my God, who wants this?

Scorsese: Guilt.

Rooney: Yes, a lot of strange elements to the story, it seems to me, from what little we know of it.

Scorsese: Yeah. The goddess-whore complex.

Rooney: Of course, they don't get it from the pope because the pope is in no condition to give it.

Scorsese: Like the moment when he burns the flowers before he goes out to kill. And when he's buying the guns and the dealer lays them out one at a time on the velvet, like arranging the altar during Mass.

Rooney: I just sat there looking at television, sort of dumb and thought how horrible it was. But I worry about it myself, losing it mentally. No hope.

Scorsese: But the Catholic thing?

Rooney: That’s not a question.

Scorsese: But that’s the thing about hell – it goes on and on.

Rooney: I mean, to hell with your local broadcast.

Scorsese: Every film should look the way I feel.

Rooney: Well, that seems sort of silly.

Scorsese: And he goes back again and again to where the violence is.

Rooney:  And something comes up and I say, do I really want to look at another story about some unpleasant subject? And it comes on, and invariably I become engrossed.

Scorsese: The next morning, the day of Christmas Eve, he was found dead.

Rooney: That’s what a patriotic American does.


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