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Lasse Hallstrom Quotes

A film that is bleached tends to have a more realistic quality.

ABBA: The Movie; I got a lot of grief for working on that.

But I notice that there is a lack of darkness in my movies and I don't know where that comes from.

But now I wish I could back to Stockholm to make international films there.

Cinema has become a global economy, totally international.

I always need a couple of highlights to really spark the passion for a project.

I always try to preserve my cinematographic style, even while I work in the US. I wish to always be European.

I am always more interested in performance and character depiction, and my direction says as much.

I can't go back and label myself as an outcast because I was a pretty well-adjusted kid, but I can certainly relate to the feeling of being an outsider.

I discovered the 7th art at home when I was kid, through Charlie Chaplin's movies and those of my father who shot documentaries. He was my biggest influence. So I took his camera and started shooting.

I feel the need to work with my wife, Lena Olin, again.

I got to work with my wife, Lena Olin, for the first time, which was great. I thought it might be difficult in some way to talk to one's wife in a different way but it was so not forced.

I imagined that it might be awkward to talk to your wife about her performance, so going into it I was a little nervous. But doing it was actually a wonderfully inspiring experience.

I love improvising.

I love involving actors at all levels - and they have to know that I want to hear their contributions, with dialogue, with story suggestions, with script changes, whatever.

I love mixing amateurs and professionals.

I made all their videos, apart from the last two, so if you ever see an Abba video on TV then it's my stuff.

I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels.

I think I avoid stepping into sentimentality by trying to be as truthful as possible with performances.

I was always attracted by the European way of life, but I am deeply Swedish.