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A director in Hollywood in my time couldn't do what he wanted to do.
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And in movies you must be a gambler. To produce films is to gamble.
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And it really began with Einstein. We attended his lectures. Now the theory of relativity remained - and still remains - only a theory. It has not been proven. But it suggested a completely different picture of the physical world.
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As a theater man, I had to deal with high art. I would play farces and comedy to make money, and classics for the elite. But we were trying to escape the elitaire.
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At the same time, of course, Marxism arose - Rosa Luxembourg, Leninism, anarchism - and art became political.
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At the time I belonged to the socialist party, and Hitler came to power.
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But America to us - especially to Brecht - was raw and rough. That was our idea of it - boxing, triviality, banality, killing, and the American melodrama, which was the American cinema.
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But I always wanted my characters to be more than cyphers for the failings of their world. And I never had to look too hard to find a part of myself in them.
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For a house, somewhere near Los Angeles I found an old church. Very old, no longer used. So we moved the church to the land, and I took off the steeple, and I got my hands dirty.
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I considered that the homes that people live in exactly describe their lives.
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I didn't think I could continue to do the melodrama as I had done in Germany. I couldn't know how it would go over with audiences here.
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I knew Law, and I knew theater. I didn't, of course, know American law, and in America the theater did not exist, except for Broadway.
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I never regarded my pictures as very much to be proud of, except in this, the craft, the style.
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I think the great artists, especially in literature, have always thought with the heart.
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I was making films about American society, and it is true that I never felt at home there, except perhaps when my wife and I lived on a farm in the San Fernando Valley.
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I worked for UFA as a set designer, you know.
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If I can say one thing for my pictures, it is a certain craftsmanship. A thought which has gone into every angle. There is nothing there without an optical reason.
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If I couldn't read, I couldn't live.
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In the 19th century, you had bourgeois art without politics - an almost frozen idea of what beauty is.
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Intellectualism came very late to America. That's why Americans are so proud of it. I found very few real intellectuals in America. But there are so many pseudo-intellectuals.
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My idea at this time, which was slowly developing, was to create a comedie humaine with little people, average people - samples from every period in American life.
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Now in theory, if there is no straight line in the universe, this has its effect on art. Art must consist of something bent, something curved.
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On the stage, I'm a great imitator of people, a mimic. I do voices, gestures. It's not enough there to tell them what you want. You have to play it for them - in a slightly overdone way, like a cartoon.
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One could follow these thoughts endlessly through Dante, Moliere, Calderon and even in the grandiose, celestial, operetta-like ending of the second part of Faust.
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Only on Thunder did I have a producer who was interfering with my work. He was the only one at Universal. After that film I believe they fired him.
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Rock Hudson was not an educated man, but that very beautiful body of his was putty in my hands.
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Ross Hunter was my assistant on Take Me to Town, He was a young man, an actor before that, and learned a lot on the picture. During shooting, Goldstein left, and Ross was most pleasant. He never interfered.
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So slowly in my mind formed the idea of melodrama, a form I found to perfection in American pictures. They were naive, they were that something completely different. They were completely Art-less.
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The Freudians don't like this, but in reality Oedipus is a detective story, a mystery, nothing other than that.
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The war was the end of an era, in art as well. And we were trying to create a new philosophy.
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There arose a belief in style - and in banality. Banality encompassed politics, too, because it was a common belief that politics were not worthy of art.
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These happy endings all express the weak and sly promise that the world is not rotten and out of joint but meaningful and ultimately in excellent condition.
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This kind of pseudo-intellect is worse than the man who lives by instinct. You can't talk to the American intellectual.
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Throughout my pictures I employ a lighting which is not naturalistic.
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We liked America in spite of everything. Europe was so old, so burdened with guilt complexes. California was a center for mass art. Europe to an artist after the war was not at all interesting. I had become a complete foreigner in Germany. And there, in Hollywood, was an industry for a new art.
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When we first came to America, I bought a tiny piece of land far out in the country. But there was no place to live on it, only a shed.
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Yes, I was hired by Universal because they needed a comedy director. They had seen Scandal and liked it. I saw an opportunity even in those comedies to begin my project of American films.
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You have to think with the heart.
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Your camera is the best critic there is. Critics never see as much as the camera does. It is more perceptive than the human eye.
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Your characters have to remain innocent of what your picture is after.
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Zugsmith understood audiences. He was like other producers - a man who makes money. But he was more honest about it than L.B. Mayer and the others.
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