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'Nebraska' director Alexander Payne on the art of human films

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The latest film from Alexander Payne is "Nebraska," a road trip story depicting family life in America's heartland. His sixth film — named for his home state — certainly isn't the first to dig into dark humor and awkward family dynamics.

We discuss the themes and characters in Payne's celebrated body of work — a repertoire that includes "Election," "About Schmidt," "Sideways" and 2011's "The Descendants."

What drives Payne to make these uniquely human films? Which one speaks to you the most?

Guest:
Alexander Payne, Director, “Nebraska;” Academy-Award winning writer of “The Descendants” (Adapted Screenplay) and “Sideways” (Adapted Screenplay); Payne’s other highly notable films include “Election” and “About Schmidt”

"Nebraska" trailer

 

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