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What I can't do is what I consider children's films, infantile subject matter. The caped-crusader-type stuff is not for me...When I began making films, they were just movies.'What's the new movie? What are you doing?' Now they're called 'adult dramas'. Sounds like a porno film because the majority of the marketplace is devoted to children.
His films very often deal with people, who find themselves in surroundings, where they do not fit in (e.g. a Philadelphia Cop among the Amish, in Witness
(1985), or a progressive teacher on a strictly conservative school, in Dead Poets Society
His characters often interact with technology, especially television, in ways that harm them or surprise the viewer, e.g. the church big screen TV in The Mosquito Coast
(1986); the living room TV and TV control center in The Truman Show
(1998); radio playing in the barn in Witness
(1985), and so on.