James Gray on homage

“I’m gonna steal from people anyway, unconsciously. That’s what it’s there for, in a way. It’s all part of a history that we use. I mean, 2001 [A Space Odyssey] is obviously Allures, you know, that star-gate stuff. And also that person in the spacecraft walking upside-down is taken from Our Heavenly Bodies, a 1925 German science fiction film. You see exactly the shot – it’s symmetrical with somebody walking upside-down. And the idea that, ‘Oh, Kubrick came up with so many new things,’ …he didn’t! But that’s ok. That’s not a flaw. In someways, it’s a good thing. It’s part of the soup.”

— James Gray (via)