From: The Observer - 14 March 1999

'He doesn't waste time; he's not indulgent. He worked seven days a week. I got faxes from him at three in the morning with scenes. He's not pretentious at all. Suddenly he'll say something to you, or you'll see how he creates a shot, and you realise this man is different, this man is profound. And it seems without effort. And you come out of this experience and realise the possibilities of film, the possibilities of how to communicate ideas and concepts in a way that you never thought. I've never seen a movie made this way. He does it in a certain way, like Chaplin did it his way, and Woody Allen does it his way. He wants to protect the story and protect the actors in his film. Today you can pick up a script on the Internet. You see movies and you already have preconceived ideas about it. You prejudge them. There's so much information out there; There's no sense of discovery. And Stanley wants that sense of discovery. He wants the movie to stand on its own.'