The opposite of love: Safer v. Schnabel on 60 Minutes
Marley Safer and David Browning apparently dislike Julian Schnabel. This “60 Minutes” segment from last night tries extremely hard to paint the artist/filmmaker Schnabel in the worst light possible.
I gathered two things from these tasteless 12 minutes: first of all, Safer showed up for the interview insufficiently prepared (at least in Schnabel’s mind) and because of this, the two got into a verbal battle of the egos. Secondly, 60 Minutes is barely worth watching these days—a sad fact given that it remains one of the better news programs currently airing on network television.
Maybe Schnabel was acting like a pompous ass with Shafer in his home, but as Schnabel’s multiple appearances on Charlie Rose's show attest, he can just as easily come across as a fascinating artist capable of delivering an excellent interview.
I know little about Schnabel’s art beyond his films—all three of which stand out as almost mandatory additions to any filmophile’s movie collection.
I saw “Basquiat” as a teenager. The picture single-handedly sparked my still active fascination with independent cinema.
Schnabel’s latest, “The Diving Bell and Butterfly,” easily makes my top ten list of the greatest movies ever made.
If I had watched 60 Minutes last night without having previously seen Schnabel’s films (or his conversations with Charlie Rose) I likely would have never bothered to pick up "Basquiat," "Before Night Falls," or "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."