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“Place Beyond the Pines” director on movie violence: “I don’t think it’s beautiful. I don’t think it’s art. I don’t think it’s cool”

"The Place Beyond the Pines," the new film starring Ryan Gosling, hinges on a pivotal moment of violence; however, the film's director, Derek Cianfrance, hardly took it lightly. Though the film's action is impossible to describe in detail without spoiling, a gun and a split-second decision to shoot are involved. Cianfrance, who previously worked with heartthrob-of-the-moment Gosling on "Blue Valentine," spoke to Salon about the glut of violence on film -- and why it disgusts him.

Tell me a little bit about the obligation a filmmaker has when he depicts gun violence. 

Well, personally, as a father, first, before I’m a filmmaker, I feel like I am responsible for my actions. I am responsible for what I put into the world, because this is a world for my children, and my kids cannot watch my movies now, but someday I will be proud to show them my movies. Sometime along the way, all of a sudden violence was deemed cinematic, for some reason. I think it must have been Peckinpah or something who turned it into this, like, ballet of violence.

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