Carol director Todd Haynes
By Iain Blair
With his affection for period pieces and classic melodrama, along with his interest in gay sexuality, writer/director Todd Haynes — who was Oscar-nominated for his
Far From Heaven ’50s drama — was probably the perfect choice to tackle the lesbian
romance at the heart of his new film, Carol. Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, “The Price of Salt,”
Carol tells the story of two women from very different backgrounds — Therese, a store clerk (Rooney Mara) and Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage — who meet and then find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York.
The film is already generating a lot of Oscar buzz for its actors and for Haynes, whose credits also include the acclaimed Bob Dylan picture
I’m Not There, as well as Velvet Goldmine, Safe and the miniseries
I spoke with Haynes about making the film, from production through post, and the Oscars.
What do you look for in a project, and what was the appeal of making
the film, Carol?
It was all about the genre of the love story, which I felt I’d never tackled before.
I saw it as this great opportunity to get into how love stories are these unique experiences — how
so much of it is about your point of view and which party you’re with.
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