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I left the ending ambiguous, because that is the way life is.
In the 1980s, the so-called indie film movement was a media creation. What I found irritating is that 'independent' became an encomium.
Everybody has bumps, but as Count Basie said, 'It's not how you handle the hills, it's how you handle the valleys.'
I was raised a Catholic on the South Side of Chicago, and I felt I had to undo a lot of serious damage.
If I had to choose between a great acting job and a good directing job, I'd choose the directing job.
I consider my films first and foremost to be dramas about individuals in personal struggles and I consider myself to be a dramatist before I am a political filmmaker.
Redford is a dangerous man to let loose on the streets. He has holes in his head, he should be arrested.
I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was. I was called 'slow'. It's an awful feeling to think of yourself as 'slow' - it's horrible.
If you shout in the theater, people think you've gone a bit mad. But if you raise your voice on a film set, people just work a bit harder.
Everything is 'simplify, simplify' now. How many movies have sub-plots anymore?
Nobody is without sin. You have to try to make amends if you can.
I hate and despise the pornography of violence. I don't believe that we can totally excuse ourselves from that situation.
Director is little bit of everything, little bit of the writer, little bit of an actor, little bit of an editor, little bit of a costume designer.
As a director, I wouldn't like me as an actor. As an actor, I wouldn't like me as a director.
One of the good things about being in the movie business: you don't have to wait in lines.
The most expensive habit in the world is celluloid, not heroin, and I need a fix every two years.
In a sense, I think a movie is really a little like a question and when you make it, that's when you get the answer.
In a way, I'd rather ride down the street on a camel than give... an in-depth interview. I'd rather ride down the street on a camel nude. In a snowstorm. Backwards.
As you grow older, you change. I make different films now. You don't make pictures for Oscars.
Live like you'll die tomorrow, work like you don't need the money, and dance like nobody's watching.
If you hold a mirror up to society, and you don't like what you see, you can't fault the mirror. It's a mirror.
Making a martial arts film in English to me is the same as John Wayne speaking Chinese in a western.
I didn't want to make a film about the miracle cure.The truth about most disabilities is it's about living with them - there is no miracle.
My father used to say to me, 'Show 'em what you can do, and don't worry about what you're gonna get. Say you'll work for free and make yourself invaluable.'
Other actors might have made 'Bull Durham 2','Tin Cup 2','Dances 2' and 'Bodyguard 2'. But I don't think repeating yourself is very good.
I don't look at scripts. I just write them.
I love silent cinema but don't hold it sacred. Like any branch of film there are some very boring films alongside the masterpieces.
The day after I won the Oscar was the only time I ever went to see a psychiatrist. I was profoundly unhappy, I told him I won an Oscar and I didn't think I deserved it.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying.
I don't value a film I've enjoyed making. If it's good, it's … hard work.
I learned that what I'm better at is making stuff lower down the radar. Actually, ideally not on the radar at all.
I had never thought of myself as a director and found out that I was not. I am a writer who was able to direct the films that I write.
If I made a 'Hellraiser' film, I'd like Pinhead to be whacked against a wall and have all the pins flattened into his face.
You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity.
I don't think it's sacrilegious to remake any movie, including a good or even great movie. I think what's sacrilegious is to make a bad movie, whether it's a remake or an original.
I hate when people cry in movies. It's particularly disconcerting when you're sitting at a really awful movie and you hear people all around you sobbing and blowing their noses.
That's what moviemaking is. It's lonely because you asked all of them to work that hard for this idea you had.
Well, in this country… economics dictate that films be in color.
I just feel I want to have more fun as a filmmaker, and I'd like to make things that are more fun for the audience. I don't need to be taken any more seriously than I am.

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