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Inside Cannes 2012 Day 7: Five Quotes from the Killing Them Softly Press Conference

1. “The crime film is the most honest American film.” – Andrew Dominik

Filmmaker discusses why he likes this genre the most, as its acceptable that all the characters are obsessed with money, wealth. The type we find in Hollywood.

Killing Them Softly Andrew Dominik Bradd Pitt Cannes

2. “He is trying to make murder a painless experience for the murdered.” – Andrew Dominik

On the film’s approach to violence, Dominik mentions that all the characters are aware of the violence – avoid getting too close to it as Brad Pitt’s Jackie character.

Killing Them Softly Andrew Dominik Bradd Pitt Cannes

3.  “It’s a symbiotic relationship … there’s something noble about making art, doing something that says within that system.” – Brad Pitt

Pitt wearing the producer’s hat and knows full well the relationship of art and commerce.

4 .“Jesse James is like a Leonard Cohen song, I wanted to do something that was like a pop song.” – Andrew Dominik

Dominik likes fairy-tales and mentions that this film is like a spoonful of the sugar one step removed.

Killing Them Softly Andrew Dominik Ben Mendelson

5. “With Jenkins I was watching Peter Sellers , with Gandolfini I was watching Brando”. – Brad Pitt

Actor/producer mentions the genius in his co-stars.

Killing Them Softly Andrew Dominik

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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