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I like the idea of movies having a magic element. How many times have you seen an actor in a movie who you know only as the character? It’s wonderful, isn’t it? – Ik hou van het idee dat films een magisch element hebben. Hoe vaak heb je een acteur gezien in een film die je alleen als het karakter kent? Het is geweldig, is het niet?
I made over forty Westerns. I used to lie awake nights trying to think up new ways of getting on and off a horse. – Ik heb meer dan 40 westerns gemaakt. Ik lag nachten wakker om na te denken over nieuwe manieren om van en op een paard te stappen.
You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies, all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies. – Weet je wat jouw probleem is? Het is dat je niet genoeg films hebt gezien. Alle raadsels in het leven worden opgelost in films.
Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.– Films maken is een kans om vele levens te leven.
So, where’s the Cannes Film Festival being held this year? – Dus.. waar wordt het Cannes festival dit jaar gehouden?
Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me. – Films zijn als een dure vorm van therapie voor mij.
Learning to make films is very easy. Learning what to make films about is very hard. – Films leren maken is zeer makkelijk. Leren waarover een film te maken is het moeilijkste.
Movies are something people see all over the world because there is a certain need for it.
When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea. – Als je een film maakt, maak je normaal een film over een idee.
And I always had this idea for making a movie about a femme fatale, because I like these characters. They’re a lot of fun, they’re sexy, they’re manipulative, they’re dangerous.
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.
Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.
I don’t think you should feel about a film. You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can’t kiss a movie.
So I like to try to go back and develop pure visual storytelling. Because to me, it’s one of the most exciting aspects of making movies and almost a lost art at this point.
It’s the story that counts. – Het is het verhaalt dat telt.
Every time I make a picture the critics’ estimate of American public taste goes down ten percent.
I don’t take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
Home Alone was a movie, not an alibi.
Movies are not scripts movies are films, they’re not books, they’re not the theatre.
Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
So much of movie acting is in the lighting. And in loving your characters. I try to know them, and with that intimacy comes love. And now, I love Voldemort.
Everyone told me to pass on Speed because it was a bus movie.
A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.
And in movies you must be a gambler. To produce films is to gamble.
Most of us do not consciously look at movies.
A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.
When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me.
Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.
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.
A hit for me is if I enjoy the movie, if I personally enjoy the movie.
It’s the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.
Every single art form is involved in film, in a way.
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.
If you’re sitting in your minivan, playing your computer animated films for your children in the back seat, is it the animation that’s entertaining you as you drive and listen? No, it’s the storytelling. That’s why we put so much importance on story. No amount of great animation will save a bad story.
The movies we love and admire are to some extent a function of who we are when we see them.
The secret to film is that it’s an illusion.
A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
I think you kind of hope for people to gush over movies, but I think the opposite way is great sometimes, too. I’d rather have a movie that you’re angry about and that you’re talking about the next day, than something you forget about when the popcorn goes into the trash.
Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
I’m married to the theater but my mistress is the films.
Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.
The end of a picture is always an end of a life.
A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.
Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.
You read a script and its based on ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’, and it goes right in the bin.
I think it would be very boring dramatically to have a film where everybody was a lawyer or doctor and had no faults. To me, the most important thing is to be truthful.
I just like movies that somehow expose the world in a way that’s different than you imagine it.
You can map your life through your favorite movies, and no two people’s maps will be the same.
The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.
Movies are an art form that is very available to the masses.
Horror movies are the best date movies. There’s no wondering , when do I put my arm around her?
I didn’t have any ambition to produce big mainstream popcorn movies.
It couldn’t sound like a dog, because K9 isn’t a dog, but I made it sound as mechanical as possible.
I like something where I can really use my imagination and be an active participant in the construction of the monster and usually that’s in the world of the supernatural or the world of the fantastic, so that’s why those kinds of stories about demons and the supernatural appeal to me or maybe I’m really interested in that subject.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
Movies are like magic tricks.
Movies are a complicated collision of literature, theatre, music and all the visual arts.
Sometimes in movies, I still have to be the hero, but it’s not all that important to me anymore.
There’s only one thing that can kill the movies, and that’s education.
When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, no, I went to films.
There’s an electrical thing about movies.
If my films don’t show a profit, I know I’m doing something right.
I do believe that movies are subject to a million interpretations.
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
The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.
Filmmaking is a completely imperfect art form that takes years and, over those years, the movie tells you what it is.
A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that orde
The lack of sounds makes you participate in the storytelling.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
The great art of films does not consist of descriptive movement of face and body but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation.
Movie magic is movie magic and acting magic is acting magic.
A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
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.
Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
Nobody makes movies bad on purpose.
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.
Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
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.
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.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
A film is or should be more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
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.
Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.
Mistakes happen, accidents happen and true great films are the results of those mistakes and the decisions that those directors make during those moments.
Give me a couple of years, and I’ll make that actress an overnight success.
A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan.