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I think there should be collaboration, but under my thumb.
I was even superior to the Communists and when they didn't go along with me, I quit them.
I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement.
I was the true future. I understood Communism better than they did.
I'm small, but I'm neither compliant nor agreeable.
Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose.
The belief that the good in American society will finally win out... I don't believe any more.
The first thing you should do with an actor is not sign a contract with him. Take him to dinner. And take him for a walk afterwards.
The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have chosen to direct represent my convictions.
The physical life of the scene is determined by whether the set squeezes people together or whether the set has an escape place in it.
When you know what an actor has, you can reach in and arouse it. If you don't know what he has, you don't know what the hell is going on.
You have no idea how fragile an actor's self-worth is.
I wouldn't go up on a stage now if you paid a thousand dollars for one minute of acting. It's a nasty experience. You're up there all by yourself. You're so damn exposed.
There was no doubt that there was a vast organization which was making fools of all the liberals in Hollywood and taking their money, that there was a police state among the Left element in Hollywood and Broadway.
I was taken in by what might be called the Hard Times version of the Communists' advertising or recruiting technique.
I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I understand, at that time, any opposition between American and Russian national interest.
I was an outsider... but I was also sympathetic with people that were struggling to get up, because I struggled to get up.
I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me.
You have to remind people of their own struggles. It's a responsibility.
I didn't have that much confidence. Maybe it looks that way. I'm glad it does.
Anybody who informs on other people is doing something disturbing and even disgusting.
I like directors who come on the set and create something that's a little dangerous, difficult or unusual.
The thing about Brando was that I'd make these directions, and he'd walk away. He'd heard enough... to get the machine going.
A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate people.
I value peace when it is not bought at the price of fundamental decencies.
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