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Filmmaker James Mangold discusses key advice given from Alexander Mackendrick

March 7, 2013
Making the Movie

What did Alexander Mackendrick recommend every director do before shooting a scene?

By J. Ott

Walk it.

Director James Mangold was a pupil of the legendary filmmaker Alexander "Sandy" Mackendrick (The Ladykillers, Sweet Smell of Success) at CalArts. In a bonus feature on the Criterion disc for Sweet Smell of Success, Mangold talks about a key piece of advice that Mackendrick once gave him:

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