CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
In the Green Room

Filmmaker Michael Tolkin

Ingmar Bergman Created the Best On-Screen Depiction of Religion

Michael Tolkin is a novelist and filmmaker best known for the 1992 Robert Altman film The Player based on his novel of the same name. He also wrote and directed The Rapture, about a woman’s conversion to Christianity and belief in an imminent Judgment Day, which brought him to the Zócalo/Getty “Open Art” panel discussion entitled “How Do We Depict Religious Experiences?” Before the event, he talked in the Zócalo green room about sushi, scripts, and The Seventh Seal.

Q:
What’s the best ever on-screen depiction of religion?

A:
The Seventh Seal.

Q:
Do you have a favorite childhood memory?

A:
No.

Q:
Tacos or sushi?

A:
It depends how long it’s been since I last had sushi.

Q:
Hardest thing you’ve done this week?

A:
A story meeting on a script I am working on.

Q:
If you had to spend an entire weekend locked up in a store, which store would you pick?

A:
A food store.

Q:
What book in your home would you want to hide from visitors?

A:
None.

Q:
Worst thing about L.A.?

A:
The traffic.

Q:
Are you a player?

A:
No.

Then, as he walks away, looking over his shoulder:

Actually, I really am.

*Photo by Jake Fabricius.