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" Actors should be instinctive and spontaneous. If you think about acting, you're not going to be good. "
" A good conservative is someone with an open mind. "
" Andy always thought that films would be where we'd make money. "
" Andy was a character, and the two of us did have some things in common. We appreciated funny things, didn't like serious things. "
" Andy was an offbeat personality, shy and insecure. The whole reason for taking a camera with him wherever he went was because he was so shy. He'd break the ice by taking pictures. "
" Andy was a nonverbal person; you couldn't get directions out of him. All he knew was what was modern in art was what wasn't art: The telephone was art, the pizza was art, but what was hanging on walls in museums wasn't art. "
" Andy was not a director and not a writer. He operated the camera a little bit, and he wasn't even so good at that. "
" Andy was not a hippie or rebel but more like a mischievous child. He was never out to destroy everything. He became a New Yorker, and New Yorkers know, like the media, what's going on around them is a fashion thing that will change to something else. "
" Andy wasn't capable of any complicated thoughts or ideas. Ideas need a verb and a noun, a subject. Andy spoke in a kind of stumbling staccato. You had to finish sentences for him. So Andy operated through people who could do things for him. He wished things into happening, things he himself couldn't do. "
" Even Andy never hung his own paintings. He'd sell them or put them in a box. "
" Every movie I've ever made says the same thing. They all find comedy in people trying to live their lives without any rules. "
" I adore jokes. They're a theatrical contrivance, but the irony of all fiction is that you approach reality by avoiding it a bit; you spoof it a bit. "
" I did say to myself one day, 'I'd love to be a Jewish comedian,' but that's my only memory with any connection to show business. "
" If a person is in front of a camera, they're acting. It's not possible to live in front of a camera. "
" If I thought about planning, I'd plan movies. If I thought about planning my life, I'd plan my life more rationally, not like New Yorkers who live their lives so irrationally, without reason. Maybe that's the connection between my movies and New York: the movies have the same kind of lack of overall design. "
" I like the idea of stepping back into another time period. "
" I love Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton, but not Charlie Chaplin. "
" I'm not against censorship in principle. Not at all. Some things should be censored. "
" I'm not anti-Hollywood; not at all. In fact, I'm rather fascinated by everything that goes on here. When I get hold of a copy of 'Variety,' I read it cover to cover; I love to know what people are doing. "
" I never wanted to be anything special. I just wanted to make films. "
" I think it's absurd to believe that movies should look like paintings and say something like serious books say something. "
" It's a debilitating process, working with the studios. With the length of time it takes for drafts and development deals, your enthusiasm is gone before you're ready to make the film. "
" It's good to aggravate people a little. It makes them pay attention. "
" It's not a secret, but if you know what the hell you're doing, you pick good actors. And you know what makes a good actor? A good personality in the performer, in the person. "
" I've always been an independent producer. I'd kind of like to be hired help for a change. I don't mind that. "
" I've always stayed independent, but I've always felt an obligation to make movies an untutored audience could like. "
" I've been the movie business for over 50 years, and I've done everything imaginable that could be done or ever was done by anybody. "
" I was brought up with TV comedians. I'll remember them till I go to my grave, all those comedians, as decadent fluff. "
" Most of the time, I leave the camera on the obvious special effects, like the rubber bodies, so that it become obvious they're not real. "
" My films always play better outside of New York, especially to critics. "
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