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Interview: Darius Marder Guides Us Through the Genesis of ‘Sound of Metal’

Darius Marder courtesy of IMDB

For a directorial debut, Darius Marder sure took an ambitious project on. Sound of Metal, from top to bottom, would always be a difficult film to ace, no matter who you are. Luckily, Marder is quite the filmmaker, so he really hit the ground running. Having been curious about this movie for years, finally seeing it, then having it live up to the hype, was really something. Getting the chance to talk to him was just as satisfying, too, since he certainly had plenty of insight into the creative process. After listening to this chat, you’ll almost undoubtedly be even more eager to give it a look.

My review is up here on the site, but I’m quite fond of this flick. In particular, the filmmaking shines. Here’s just a taste:

Filmmaker Darius Marder really goes above and beyond here. The script he co-wrote with Abraham Marder, based on a story by Darius Marder and Derek Cianfrance (an acclaimed director in his own right) is fantastically sturdy, giving you only what you need. However, it’s Marder’s direction, especially with how he utilizes sound, that demands attention. Marder makes sound, or the lack thereof, a prime element of the film, to stupendous effect. We’re always up close and personal with Ruben, so the sound, not just the visuals, raising things to an even higher level.

Below, you can hear me talk to Marder. Just yesterday, I spoke to Riz Ahmed (here), so that interview comes up a bit. We also spend a lot of time talking about what went into making this film, especially doing it his way. It’s an interesting chat, for sure. Plus, if you’re a New Yorker, there’s a nice little moment at the end where Darius and I share a fond recollection about what it used to be like after getting out of a film in Manhattan. It made us miss movie theaters even more. My guess is, at least some of you will feel the same…

Here now is my conversation with Sound of Metal filmmaker Darius Marder. Enjoy:

Sound of Metal is available to watch now on Prime Video!

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