Nine things we learned:
- Catherine loves it when actors in her films hate each other and there's a love scene. The best is when the actors are fighting for her attention.
- In order to know to know ourselves we have to recognise ourselves. Breillat couldn't recognise herself in oppressive small town growing up. Went to Paris. Wrote first book at 16, published at 20; which wasn't allowed for under 18s - that's why censorship is so stupid she says.
- Catherine's first film was banned for a quarter of a century.
- Rocco Siffredi is intelligent she states. He knows the difference between pornography and art, the former there is no acting, no fiction.
- Breillat says there's something attractive sexually in something repulsive. Wrote several roles for Eli Wallach, who the director thinks is intelligent and both repulsive and attractive. Has nothing against vulgar men, she loves them.
- Going over the same themes over and over again is part of the artist's work.
- Is always pushing the bounds of sexuality because is puritanical herself. She's a dandy, like the author in THE LAST MISTRESS.
- Catherine never rehearses with actors - just throws them on set and lets them act.
- Her scripts are not shot in order, because wants actors to be lost, to not construct character. Can't lose Isabelle Huppert though. The actors say every word as there is musicality to the dialogue