"Everything in my career has been a homage to Truffaut and the 400 BLOWS. I owe much to that film. Truffaut was one of the reasons why I wanted to make THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT in the first place because Irwin Winkler had approached Truffaut to direct it before me..."
Director Stuart Hagmann talks with TV STORE ONLINE about his 1970 MGM film THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT. The film is currently available on DVD via Warner Archive.
TV STORE ONLINE: I hope I'm not too forward when I suggest to you that THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT (1970) is a utter masterpiece. A piece that maximizes the medium to it's greatest potential....
HAGMANN: Well, that's what I was trying to do with it, but boy, a lot of people didn't feel that way about the film. The film had a wonderful reception internationally, and still, to this day I get emails and calls from people from all over Europe that have seen the film and love it. I'm happy that the film has finally come to DVD via Warner Archives.
TV STORE ONLINE: Right, and what's the deal with the "European Version" of the film that was included in last year's DVD release?
HAGMANN: You know, I'm not exactly sure. I did watch a bit of it recently and from what I gathered it was really just more of my workprint version of the film.
TV STORE ONLINE: So I see the film as a counter-culture version of CASABLANCA (1942). There are some fun parallels you can make between the two films. An Example? Bogie--as "Rick Blaine" and Bruce Davison--as "Simon" both join the "movement" of their respective times for the sake of a woman...