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You read a script and its based on 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction', and it goes right in the bin.
Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.
People know that I have a great love for cinema. Not just for commercial cinema, but for the 'cinema d'auteur.' But to me, two of the great 'auteurs' are actually actors and they both happen to be French. One is Alain Delon and the other is Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Movies are something people see all over the world because there is a certain need for it.
Movie magic is movie magic and acting magic is acting magic.
Movies are a complicated collision of literature, theatre, music and all the visual arts.
It's the story that counts.
I always loved silent movies. I was not a specialist, but I loved them. And when I started directing, I became really fascinated by the format - how it works, the device of the silent movie. It's not the same form of expression as a talkie. The lack of sounds makes you participate in the storytelling.
You won't find me in a romantic comedy. Those movies don't speak to me. People don't come to talk to me about those scripts, because they probably think I'm this dark, twisted, miserable person.
The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it.
I just like movies that somehow expose the world in a way that's different than you imagine it.
I made over forty Westerns. I used to lie awake nights trying to think up new ways of getting on and off a horse.
In the next couple of years, part of every film's process is going to be to adjust the images. And it'll be to change the color of an actor's tie or change the little smirky thing he's doing with his mouth. Or you can put in more clouds or move the tree a little bit.
The best reason to go to the movies is to be with other people. Eating the popcorn, being with other people you don't know.
I don't storyboard. I guess it dates back to my days in live television, where there was no possibility of storyboarding and everything was shot right on the spot - on the air, as we say - at the moment we were transmitting. I prefer to be open to what the actors do, how they interact to the given situation.
Movies are like magic tricks.
Go see it and see for yourself why you shouldn't go see it.
I never enjoyed working in a film.
You can map your life through your favorite movies, and no two people's maps will be the same.
I didn't have any ambition to produce big mainstream popcorn movies.
I think a sequel is a waste of money and time. I think movies should illuminate new stories.
Francis Ford Coppola
I learned what I really love is making films, not the film business. I want to be on the set, meeting with writers, I want that freedom. I love it now.
I do believe that movies are subject to a million interpretations.
I am a cynical optimist. Big opening weekends are like cotton candy. The films you will remember over time are the films that stick in the consciousness of the audience in a good way.
Sometimes in movies, I still have to be the hero, but it's not all that important to me anymore.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
John F. Kennedy
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