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Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film.
Alfred Hitchcock life
To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.
Woody Allen ya
Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
Jean Luc Godard self
is very, very complicated and so films should be allowed to be too.
David Lynch cat
Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.
Pedro Almodovar life
Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.
Robert Altman life
My movies are not movies of answers but of questions.
Alejandro Amenabar questions
There's no story if there isn't some conflict. The memorable things are usually not how pulled together everybody is. I think everybody feels lonely and trapped sometimes. I would think it's more or less the norm.
Wes Anderson time
The art of motion pictures is pictorial and language comes a distant second.
Jean Jacques Annaud art
Hollywood is like being nowhere and talking to nobody about nothing.
Michelangelo Antonioni body
I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. So I try to choose the road that I have the most passion on because then you can never really blame yourself for making the wrong choices. You can always say you're following your passion.
Darren Aronofsky life
There's nothing more important in making movies than the screenplay.
Richard Attenborough movies
Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this amazing American heroism.
Michael Bay age
I write scripts to serve as skeletons awaiting the flesh and sinew of images.
Ingmar Bergman sin
For American filmmakers, the Oscars is like a mystic thing. For me, it was being in a mirror of my dreams when I was dreaming of Hollywood when I was an adolescent.
Bernardo Bertolucci dreams
It's always the small people who change things. It's never the politicians or the big guys. I mean, who pulled down the Berlin wall? It was all the people in the streets. The specialists didn't have a clue the day before.
Luc Besson change
If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.
Kathryn Bigelow women
One of Dickens' biggest influences was the growth of London as a Victorian city, and the extremes being created as it expanded.
Danny Boyle growth
When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best - that is inspiration.
Robert Bresson inspiration
I took some time out for life.
James L. Brooks life
Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
Mel Brooks age
Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.
Luis Bunuel you
One person's crazyness is another person's reality.
Tim Burton reality
Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee.
James Cameron friends
A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
Frank Capra creativity
What scares me is what scares you. We're all afraid of the same things. That's why horror is such a powerful genre. All you have to do is ask yourself what frightens you and you'll know what frightens me.
John Carpenter power
You have to accept the fact that sometimes you are the pigeon, and sometimes you are the statue.
Claude Chabrol time
Mumbai's infectious. Once you start living in Mumbai, working in Mumbai, I don't think you can live anywhere else.
Yash Chopra art
Honestly, as a director, at least for me, if I start doing the same thing over and over again, I'm going to get bored really quickly.
Chris Columbus art
I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
Francis Ford Coppola people
Acting isn't for me. I don't like being told what to do. I'm more interested in set design, more visually driven.
Sofia Coppola being
A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren't so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction?
Wes Craven life
Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.
David Cronenberg life
Most people just half-watch TV. They watch TV while they are doing many other things in the environment of their home. So, what they are doing goes through their ears as much as through their eyes. In television, the narrative and characters are in the foreground of everything, because you are watching TV as you do other stuff.
Alfonso Cuaron people
Looking for love is tricky business, like whipping a carousel horse.
George Cukor love
The only things you regret are the things you don't do.
Michael Curtiz regret
The human race is fundamentally insane. If you put two of us into a room together, we're soon gonna start figuring out good reasons to kill one another.
Frank Darabont art
It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.
Cecil B. DeMille law
A trilogy is a pretty abstract notion. You can apply it to almost any three things.
Jonathan Demme you
Nothing matters but the facts. Without them, the science of criminal investigation is nothing more than a guessing game.
Blake Edwards science
You can talk about Holocaust denial, but it's really marginal for the most part. What is compelling about the Armenian genocide, is how it has been forgotten.
Atom Egoyan art
Even in a less exaggerated description, any verbal account of a person is bound to find itself employing an assortment of waterfalls, lightning rods, landscapes, birds, etc.
Sergei Eisenstein men
There's a rule in Hollywood: stay away from water and stay away from snow, and I had both.
Roland Emmerich water
The more real things get, the more like myths they become.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder real
There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.
Federico Fellini life
Some people go to the movies to be reminded that everything's okay. I don't make those kinds of movies.
David Fincher people
Revenge proves its own executioner.
John Ford revenge
I tell you, in my opinion, the cornerstone of democracy is free press - that's the cornerstone.
Milos Forman democracy
Style is something that's extremely important, but it must grow naturally out of who and what you are and what the material calls for. It cannot be superimposed.
William Friedkin you
The more light hearted I write about that, the better the message gets through.
Theo Van Gogh art
I always think that art is one of the most wonderful exciting curious ways to learn. I have no worries or apologies about art being used as a teaching medium.
Peter Greenaway art
Actors should never be important. Only directors should have power and place.
D. W. Griffith power
A good movie is three good scenes and no bad scenes.
Howard Hawks good
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.
Michel Hazanavicius love
Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.
Jim Henson you
Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.
Werner Herzog darkness
I think we all have blocks between us and the best version of ourselves, whether it's shyness, insecurity, anxiety, whether it's a physical block, and the story of a person overcoming that block to their best self. It's truly inspiring because I think all of us are engaged in that every day.
Tom Hooper self
I dont dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living.
Steven Spielberg dream
A nerd will be a nerd all his life.
John Hughes life
I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk.
John Huston dead
The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.
Peter Jackson self
Cricket makes no sense to me. I find it beautiful to watch and I like that they break for tea. That is very cool, but I dont understand. My friends from The Clash tried to explain it years and years ago, but I didnt understand what they were talking about.
Jim Jarmusch friends
Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy. Hard and exact facts will cool it.
Elia Kazan mystery
Digital photography is, by definition, unfinished. You dont feel that after every 24 or 36 shots you have to change your film - you know you can go on for ever if you want. You can see the result immediately, and find out if your original idea is worth going on with or not, whether it can be corrected, whether it can be improved.
Abbas Kiarostami change
For me optimism is two lovers walking into the sunset arm in arm. Or maybe into the sunrise - whatever appeals to you.
Krzysztof Kieslowski love
Humour is like violence. They both come to you unexpectedly, and the more unpredictable they both are, the better it gets.
Takeshi Kitano violence
A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, whats behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
Stanley Kubrick music
Man is a genius when he is dreaming.
Akira Kurosawa dream
The advantage of the gypsy language, even though I dont understand it that much, the language is perfect melody. So if you propose the movie the way I do, then the language is just one part of the melody. Orchestrating all inside, and the language is following the meaning of what they say, and its never the same as written.
Emir Kusturica art
For me, cinema is a vice. I love it intimately.
Fritz Lang love
I rather like mysteries. But I do dislike muddles.
David Lean
Sometimes, you have to get angry to get things done.
Ang Lee time
Fight the power that be. Fight the power.
Spike Lee power
I cant see America any other way than with a Europeans eyes. It fascinates me and terrifies me at the same time.
Sergio Leone time
You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.
George Lucas right
All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen.
Sidney Lumet work
When people express what is most important to them, it often comes out in cliches. That doesnt make them laughable; its something tender about them. As though in struggling to reach whats most personal about them they could only come up with whats most public.
Terrence Malick people
Miami is one of these great places that is a really sensual, physically beautiful place.
Michael Mann beautiful
Thank God I dont live in Los Angeles. I think if youre there the whole time it just gets out of proportion and you lose touch completely with reality.
Sam Mendes time
The feeling of not belonging, of not being entirely worthy, of being sometimes hostage to your own sensibilities. Those things speak to me very personally.
Anthony Minghella time
I always have coffee without sugar, you know. Just cream.
Vincente Minnelli you
I am an animator. I feel like Im the manager of a animation cinema factory. I am not an executive. Im rather like a foreman, like the boss of a team of craftsmen. That is the spirit of how I work.
Hayao Miyazaki work
You cant regulate child labor. You cant regulate slavery. Some things are just wrong.
Michael Moore slavery
My first memory in the world is my gym teacher ripping my mothers necklace off her neck and throwing it out the window and her running downstairs to go after it. I have no memory before that. I was 4. My father had a lot of girlfriends and my mother had a lot of boyfriends.
Mike Nichols world
For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously. Hes not from another planet, or filled with radioactive gunk. I mean, Superman is essentially a god, but Batman is more like Hercules: hes a human being, very flawed, and bridges the divide.
Christopher Nolan god
And I always had this idea for making a movie about a femme fatale, because I like these characters. Theyre a lot of fun, theyre sexy, theyre manipulative, theyre dangerous.
Brian De Palma sex
Period recreation is very difficult unless you make a black-and-white movie.
Alan Parker creation
Saying goodbye doesnt mean anything. Its the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.
Trey Parker time
Once life is finished it acquires a sense; up to that point it has not got a sense; its sense is suspended and therefore ambiguous.
Pier Paolo Pasolini life
The end of a picture is always an end of a life.
Sam Peckinpah life
A lot of directors in television have come up through the technical ranks. They have all the technical skills in the world. Theyre not all that familiar with actors.
Arthur Penn world
We like Batman - we understand him, we suffer with him. On the other hand, we want to be Superman. But theyre conflicting philosophies. Lets bring them together in one movie and see how we, as an audience, wrestle with our inner demons.
Wolfgang Petersen man
Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
Roman Polanski you
For example, a man who might not have enormous charisma, who could be president 40 years ago, and who was a deserving president, I dont know that George Washington would be a president today, I dont know that Abe Lincoln would, I dont know that Roosevelt would.
Sydney Pollack man
What counts isnt the frame, its what you put in it.
Otto Preminger you
I like something where I can really use my imagination and be an active participant in the construction of the monster and usually thats in the world of the supernatural or the world of the fantastic, so thats why those kinds of stories about demons and the supernatural appeal to me or maybe Im really interested in that subject.
Sam Raimi art
The director is the only person who knows what the film is about.
Satyajit Ray person
The present and the past coexist, but the past shouldnt be in flashback.
Alain Resnais past
I am fascinated by what is beautiful, strong, healthy, what is living. I seek harmony.
Leni Riefenstahl living
Im not under too much of an illusion of how smart or un-smart I am because filmmaking ultimately is about teamwork.
Guy Ritchie art