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A woman can be very beautiful and an ideal model and she will photograph incredibly well, but she'll appear in film and it won't work. What works is some fusion of physical beauty with some mental field or whatever you call it. I don't know.
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Anybody who's been through a divorce will tell you that at one point. they've thought murder. The line between thinking murder and doing murder isn't that major.
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But I suppose film is distinctive because of its nature, of its being able to cut through time with editing.
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But in answer to your question about the conspiracy angle, I think that any historian worth his salt, and this is where I fault Stephen Ambrose and a lot of these guys who attack me - not all of life is a result of conspiracy by any means! Accident occurs alongside conspiracy.
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Coming Home had been made before and Apocalypse Now and Deer Hunter, different kinds of movies.
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Fear may very well be a caveman fear of the predator, of the giant lizard chasing them - maybe that's what Steven Spielberg connects with so well in Lost World.
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I always get asked that question, What are your favorite movies? Which movies most influenced you? And my answer is, there are a few names of people that certainly stand out but to name them would hardly be fair to the huge body of work that I've seen that belongs to many different people.
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I am not trying to be a historian and a dramatist; I'm a dramatist, a dramatic historian, or one who does a dramatic interpretation of history.
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I create foreground characters that I like and a strong front story and then, if it's good, it melds into a background story.
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I do believe that movies are subject to a million interpretations.
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I do believe there are leaders who are like lightning and they come along and they lead. The Lincolns of the world, the Alexander the Greats, they do exist. They have existed.
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I have the right to interpretation as a dramatist. I research. It's my responsibility to find the research. It's my responsibility to digest it and do the best that I can with it. But at a certain point that responsibility will become an interpretation.
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I never put out a history, I put out a dramatic history.
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I study history in order to give an interpretation.
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I think experience will teach you a combination of liberalism and conservatism. We have to be progressive and at the same time we have to retain values. We have to hold onto the past as we explore the future.
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I think that many people in history who had power were bumped off because they had power.
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I will come out with my interpretation. If I'm wrong, fine. It will become part of the debris of history, part of the give and take.
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I would vote for the man who's lived life, who's done different occupations, who's been out in the real world and struggled to make a living, struggled to raise a family, struggled with life as it exists. So I'd vote for experience, honest experience.
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I'd like to do a story about the medieval ages where in every scene you'd sort of feel that you were in the 12th century. That would be great to get that feeling.
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I'd love to do historical pictures more, but I don't know if I can.
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I'm terrible at horror movies, by the way. I get scared so easily.
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I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill. It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.
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I've met people who will go to a movie that I can't stand and they say that they saw that movie ten times. There's something they like and identified in that movie, and I don't see it.
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If anything, if you can get somebody interested in something and get them excited, that's great. You should be praised for having opened the debate and having asked the right questions.
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In any film there's always a historical implication.
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In Platoon I was authentic to my own feelings as much as I could be within the dramatic form that I was creating.
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It's a natural given that if you're interested in a subject as the result of a movie, you will move on and learn more about it.
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It's interesting that when economic times were the hardest, that's when many people embraced liberalism.
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Lunch is for wimps.
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Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another. This painting here. I bought it 10 years ago for 60 thousand dollars. I could sell it today for 600. The illusion has become real and the more real it becomes, the more desperately they want it.
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Movies have to make money, you've got to make them so they're exciting, they're gripping, people want to go see them.
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Natural Born Killers, for example, evoked a very strong negative feeling in people.
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Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that.
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One of my fantasies in my life has been that I was granted access with a camera to go back in time, and to film the actual campaign of Alexander crossing into India through Iran and Persia.
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One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.
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So I'm not the dyed-in-the-wool liberal leftist that is painted by people who want to simplify and categorize me.
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The whole first 45 minutes of JFK is based on television perception of Kennedy's death at Dealey Plaza. If you look closely at the movie, it's all television, television, people are reacting.
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There's an electrical thing about movies.
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We all have nightmares, we all have really horrifying fears. Mine may be being eaten by a giant snake or something.
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Well first of all you have to make the character strong so that people can follow that. And then hopefully that character can integrate with the background of the social situation that people can recognize.
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When I was a child, I'd see a movie, I took it for what it was, I enjoyed it. And if I believed it I would tend to be more interested in knowing more about it.
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When you look at a movie, you look at a director's thought process.
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You do the best job you can. You take it step by step. It's hard enough to make a movie. If it works, that's great. If it means something beyond the moment to somebody, they can take it and it lasts through the years, we'll see.
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You're not a historian, but most historians will tell you that they make very discrete judgment as to what facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape, some length that can be managed.
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