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All Quotes by author - Michael Cimino
" A film maker's energy and creativity don't have to end when he turns over his film. "
" A film reflects who you are as a building reflects the soul of its architect. I think what you feel and what you think and what you are is what the film is. It's not for me to talk about. "
" All of those years, I felt like 'Heaven's Gate' was a beautiful, fantastically colored balloon tied to a string fastened to my wrist, so the balloon could never fly. "
" All one has to do is look at old footage of the firebombing of Dresden during World War II and think of the people beneath those bombs. It's horrific. "
" Anybody who says they're bitter is sick in their soul. They've given up. "
" Because people don't see me around a lot, I'm the source of all sorts of rumour. "
" Being infamous is not fun. It becomes a weird occupation in and of itself. "
" Does anyone remember who shot Kubrick's movies? Do you remember who shot David Lean's movies? No one remembers who shot 'Dr. Strangelove' or 'Barry Lyndon.' "
" Encountering a real place enhances the performances of actors in subtle ways and changes the spiritual texture of the film. "
" Even the details of a rifle, which are nothing but mechanical, if they are made carefully, with attention, become beautiful, satisfying. "
" Every good war film, if you want to use that phrase - I don't think it's a good phrase, but if you want to use that phrase - every good film, a first-rate film about war, is an anti-war movie. "
" Every great movie is about the people, even if it's a great popular success like 'Gone With the Wind.' It's really not about the Civil War. It's about Scarlett and Rhett. That's who you go to see. You're not going to root for the North or pull for the South, or, you know, it's the people you remember. "
" Family politics are worse than world politics. That's all I can say. You don't get to choose your family; you get to choose your friends. Your family is imposed upon you. "
" Friendship and sentiment and the giving of one's words are very important. "
" Hollywood has always been crazy. It's controlled anarchy. But how can you loathe something that has given you so much? "
" I am not a preacher; I'm a reacher. "
" I cut 'Deer Hunter' myself. "
" I don't believe in defeat. "
" I don't dispute the accounts of My Lai 4, but I think that anyone who is a student of the war, or anyone who was there, would agree that anything you could imagine happening probably happened. "
" I don't make movies to make a point; I make movies to tell stories about people. "
" I feel very, very upset that, when it came time for me to get an Academy Award, that I didn't especially thank Clint Eastwood. "
" I felt the need to unlearn my formal education. "
" If you can't stop somebody from working and making movies that you hate, what's the next best thing? Destroy them personally. "
" If you don't get it right, what's the point? "
" I have a very simple definition of a good movie: a good movie makes you forget you're watching a movie. "
" I have no interest in making a 'Vietnam' film, no interest in making a direct political statement. "
" I have no personal life. "
" I love to scout locations. "
" I'm a frustrated would-be architect who stumbled into the would-be business of making movies. "
" I never second-guess myself. "
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