The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio’s smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy – so let Studio 360 steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life.
January 25th, 2016
Episode 105 of 179 episodes
Filming “The Revenant” in the freezing cold of Alberta nearly did him in, but Alejandro González Iñárritu isn’t complaining. “That’s our job,” says the director. His last film, “Birdman,” won big at last year’s Oscars, and “The Revenant” is up for 12 Academy Awards – more than any other film this year. Iñárritu downplays the controversy over the harsh shooting conditions, which prompted one crew member to call the film a “living hell.” In this extended conversation with Kurt Andersen, Iñárritu explains why he’s driven to extreme challenges – and why filming trees terrifies him. Hear an interview with the composer Alva Noto, who wrotethe score for"The Revenant" withRyuichi Sakamoto and The National's Bryce Dessner.