State and Main

Question: “What’s an associate producer credit?” – Answer: “It’s what you give to your secretary instead of a raise.”


This is one of the many hilarious lines in one of my favorite movies: State and Main written and directed by David Mamet in 2000. The title is as baffling to non-Americans as it is crystal clear to Americans: in most American towns there is a “Main Street” and somewhere it will be crossed by “State”, short for the State Highway. ¬†And this movie is all about a little sleepy town in Vermont where a Hollywood film is being shot, with all the uproar that creates…

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