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A number of images put together a certain way become something quite above and beyond what any of them are individually.
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Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
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Art depends on luck and talent.
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Even my last year or two of college I was always trying to start a cinema workshop, or make a little film.
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Film students were junkies for equipment.
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Frank Capra was a prop man, I think. John Ford was a prop man. It was a little bit of a father and son thing, and you kind of worked your way up.
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George Lucas doesn't have the most physical stamina. He was so unhappy making Star Wars that he just vowed he'd never do it again.
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I always found the film world unpleasant. It's all about the schedule, and never really flew for me.
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I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.
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I became quite successful very young, and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and I just worked so hard at it.
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I don't know how brilliant we were, but we were very enthusiastic about movies and the chance to make them.
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I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
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I had a heartbreaking experience when I was 9. I always wanted to be a guard. The most wonderful girl in the world was a guard. When I got polio and then went back to school, they made me a guard. A teacher took away my guard button.
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I had a number of teachers who hated me. I didn't do well in school.
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I had a number of very strong personalities in my family. My father was a concert flutist, the solo flute for Toscanini.
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I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.
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I had been a kid that moved so much, I didn't have a lot of friends. Theater really represented camaraderie.
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I had no idea that I'd really get to direct feature films, or to be successful at it.
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I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn't speak any Russian. He didn't care whether I could understand what they were saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue.
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I liked to work in a shop down in the basement and invent things and build gadgets.
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I made this movie for $40,000, which was this little black-and-white horror film called Dementia 13, which we made in about nine days.
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I remember growing up with television, from the time it was just a test pattern, with maybe a little bit of programming once in a while.
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I remember teachers who really singled me out for their discouragement.
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I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
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I think I preferred reading plays to novels or other kinds of books.
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I thought I wanted to be a playwright because I was interested in stories and telling stories.
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I wanted to work all the time, and UCLA wasn't like that. Students would work on their project, and then they'd be in their room editing for six months.
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I was an extremely energetic and enthusiastic person. Movie making was almost like my private passion, because it wasn't as widespread then.
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I was good with technology, but I had never done the sound. So I took the recorder home and read the instructions.
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I was interested in two things, always. One was science, and the stories of the scientists and scientific experimentation. At the same time I was interested in stories.
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I was the kind of kid that had some talents or ability, but it never came out in school.
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I was very good in geometry. It was amazing, I had one of the highest grades in geometry in the school.
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I wrote the script of Patton. I had this very bizarre opening where he stands up in front of an American flag and gives this speech. Ultimately, I was fired. When the script was done, they hired another writer and that script was forgotten.
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In kindergarten that used to be my job, to tell them fairytales. I liked Hans Christian Andersen, and the Grimm fairy tales, all the classic fairy tales.
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It was a wonderful night when we won all those Oscars for Godfather II, because people really didn't like that picture too much at first.
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It's ironic that at age 32, at probably the greatest moment of my career, with The Godfather having such an enormous success, I wasn't even aware of it, because I was somewhere else under the deadline again.
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Life for me at age 5 and 6 was pretty wonderful and perfect. But then I went through that whole New York school system. I found them very frightening.
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Listen, if there's one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business, it's that I don't know anything about human nature.
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Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful.
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Musical comedy was something that I had been raised in with my family and I thought my father would be impressed if I were directing a Hollywood musical comedy.
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My class didn't think we would ever get to make feature films. We thought we would end up making industrial films, or be on the fringe or get involved in television.
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My father was a musician. He was always interested in new things. He did bring a television home around 1945, right at the end of the Second World War. I was about 6.
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My film is not a movie; it's not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam.
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One of the aspects of it was the idea of an illusion, a magical illusion, in the early days of movies.
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One summer I actually tried to make a film. Then when I was graduated in 1960, I went to UCLA, to the graduate film school program.
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Our generation represented a major transition. It was the first time that film students were given the chance to make films.
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Roger Corman exploited all of the young people who worked for him, but he really gave you responsibility and opportunity. So it was kind of a fair deal.
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Ten Days That Shook The World, by Eisenstein, I went to see it, and I was so impressed with this film, so impressed with what cinema could do.
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The company I was with, Seven Arts, had bought Warner Brothers. For a while, no one knew who was running it, so I was the first one to break in.
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The essence of cinema is editing. It's the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.
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The professional world was much more unpleasant than I thought. I was always wishing I could get back that enthusiasm I had when I was doing shows at college.
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The stuff that I got in trouble for, the casting for The Godfather or the flag scene in Patton, was the stuff that was remembered, and was considered the good work.
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There was a whole crowd of young actors who used to be in a lot of those early, inexpensive films. Jack Nicholson is the really well-known one.
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They needed someone to write a script of The Great Gatsby very quickly for the movie they were making. I took this job so I'd be sure to have some dough to support my family.
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This kind of work is really grueling. You're in a lot of uncomfortable situations for many, many hours.
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To use technology to create magic is what appealed to me.
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Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most.
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Warner Bros. did not in any way make us a loan.
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We had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little, we went insane.
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We were raised in an Italian-American household, although we didn't speak Italian in the house. We were very proud of being Italian, and had Italian music, ate Italian food.
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When I do a novel, I don't really use the script, I use the book; when I did Apocalypse Now, I used Heart of Darkness. Novels usually have so much rich material.
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When I was about 9, I had polio, and people were very frightened for their children, so you tended to be isolated. I was paralyzed for a while, so I watched television.
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When I was going for my graduate degree, I decided I was going to make a feature film as my thesis. That's what I was famous for-that I had my thesis film be a feature film, which was You're a Big Boy Now.
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When I was little, my mother would say to me, America is the greatest country in the world. And there was a sense, as Italian-Americans, that it was a great privilege to live in America.
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When I was young and it was new to me, it just seemed like so much fun. You didn't want to go home at night.
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You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you'll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.
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You ought to love what you're doing because, especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.
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You're in a profession in which absolutely everybody is telling you their opinion, which is different. That's one of the reasons George Lucas never directed again.
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63rd Annual DGA Awards at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland Center

2011-01-29

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