Feudal societies don’t create great cinema we have great theatre. The egalitarian societies create great cinema. The Americans the French. Because equality is sort of what the cinema deals with. It deals with stories which don’t fall into ‘Everybody in their place and who’s who’ and all that. But the theatre’s full of that.
Charles Laughton who’s a great hero of mine only ever made one film and it happens to be one of the great films ever which is ‘The Night of the Hunter.’ It’s full of his kind of imagination and creation and how you do things and just in the way he used the studio I just thought it was a fantastical way of using the studio.