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Department of Vague Responses

July 26, 2007

Bill Pullman on Wim Wenders on why Pullman's new theatre production about the Columbia Shuttle disaster, Expedition 6, should be produced as a play rather than a film:

“When Wim Wenders first heard me talking about the show, he was convinced that it would make a better movie. However once we discussed the politics and philosophy featured in the piece and the poetic nature of the excerpts, he said “This will work best as a theatre piece”. He was very excited about coming to see it.”

What is it about the "politics and philosophy featured in the piece and the poetic nature of the excerpts" that makes this a stage project? Film -- as Wenders would no doubt insist -- is as capable of serving as a medium for such lofty subjects as philosophy, politics and poetry as is theatre.

Perhaps seeing the production when it opens in September at The Magic Theatre will shine some light on Pullman's comments. In the meantime, I should try to improve my interview technique.

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