Born On This Day — November 27

Kathryn Bigelow - Strange Days

If you hold a mirror up to society, and you don’t like what you see, you can’t fault the mirror. It’s a mirror. […] The environment still needs reexamination so you don’t forget it when the lights come up.

Once you’ve opened the window on topical material, it’s very hard to close it. Holding up a contemporary mirror is more attractive to me now than ever.

Kathryn Bigelow
'Burden of Dreams' (1982)
Burden of Dreams (1982)

I try not to make a big deal about the camera, to let it get between me and them. I’ve seen a lot of cameramen go in and treat the subjects like so many guinea pigs. I think the people pick up on my very protective feelings toward them, and they aren’t self-conscious about what they do or say, and they try to show the inner light about themselves that I find so attractive.

—Les Blank