It’s a good time to be Todd Haynes. The director’s often been seen as something of an outsider, a little too weird and singular to ever be accepted by the mainstream, but “Carol” might be the film that changes that. His adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price Of Salt” has been winning raves since it premiered at Cannes last year, and it’s been a substantial hit in limited release, on track to be one of the top-grossing movies of his career.
And while nothing is certain in this odd awards year, it looks like it could be his major awards breakthrough too: it’s been winning or being nominated for prizes all year, and only this morning got the joint-top number of nominations from BAFTA, including Best Film and Best Director, which would appear to put it in a good position for the Oscars next week.
So it’s a pretty good time to absorb some interviews with one of our finest filmmakers, and luckily two have arrived this week as “Carol” continues to expand nationwide. Firstly, Haynes was the latest filmmaker to stop by Marc Maron’s garage to appear on WTF, and it’s a typically great talk, taking in not just “Carol” but everything from the influence of “Mary Poppins” to his last theatrical feature, “I’m Not There.” Maron’s always a must-listen, but this is one of his best recent episodes, we’d say.
Haynes also appeared on Charlie Rose this week: it’s a less expansive talk, but still as good as you’d expect for a veteran interviewer like Rose, and you get to see Haynes’ dashing face as well. Watch and listen to the two interviews below, along with a host of featurettes, and if you haven’t seen “Carol” yet, what have you been waiting for?