Tom Dodd on the end of "No Country for Old Men:" The harm of death goes to the heart of who we are as human beings. We are, in essence, forward-looking creatures. We create our lives prospectively. We build relationships, careers, and projects that are not solely of the moment but that have a future in our vision of them. One of the reasons Eastern philosophies have developed techniques to train us to be in the moment is that that is not our natural state. We are pulled toward the future, and see the meaning of what we do now in its light.
Stills from Rosemary’s Baby (1968, dir. Roman Polanski, starring Mia Farrow) A friend said something about your film that’s very perceptive. For all its excellence, it lacks a particular dimension: the director’s belief in the fear he is creating. Rosemary’s Baby is a film made by somebody who doesn’t actually believe in what he is showing, unlike Hitchcock who is himself quite frightened of what his films portray. Roman Polanski: It’s quite possible. To begin