Interviewed in book "Naked City: The Television Series" by James Rosin.
A Howard G. Minsky Arthur Hiller Production | Alan Smithee
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[on Rome, Open City
(1945)] It was all that neorealism; it just caught me at the right time. I can't even remember, but I know there were a few films at that time, neorealist films, that they were doing in Europe that we were not doing here. It just felt so real to me and so good. I didn't jump and say, "Oh, I want to make movies like that," but I guess I was feeling that without realizing it. ...
Only two of Hiller's films, "Penelope" (1966) and "Tobruk" (1967), were made in anamorphic widescreen ratio (that is, 2.35: 1). All of the rest were made in what is now known as spherical widescreen (anywhere from 1.66: 1 to 1.85: 1), even the musical "Man of La Mancha", which was blown up to 70 mm in first-run engagements.