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" All the movies I've made are essentially character-driven movies about people that I'm interested in. "
" American movies are the most popular movies everywhere, and it is true that the quality is far from uniformly terrific. "
" And I taught acting for years, and without knowing it that was the real thing that started bending me toward directing. "
" At every premiere, I stand in the back, I never sit, worrying. And then maybe I hear them laugh or whatever, and the muscles unclench a little. But always, I feel like it's a fluke, that I'll never be able to do it again. "
" At some point during the filmmaking process, you lose objectivity, and you need the eyes of someone who understands the process and has been in the trenches. "
" Audiences want to feel something intense, quickly, without wasting a lot of time. "
" Before I saw 'Tootsie' with an audience, I thought, 'No one is going to believe this could convince anyone he's a woman.' "
" Beginnings and endings are not interesting; audiences want the high point, which means you've got to get to it and get to it now - get the gun out fast, the clothes off quick. "
" Burt Lancaster was largely responsible for me becoming a director. "
" But, I've made films in Japan, in Yugoslavia, all over Europe, all over the United States, Mexico, but not Hollywood. "
" By that I mean, I think that it is true that politics and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be greater than mortal in some way, and that's led them into creating illusions, sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do. "
" By the time I'm done with a project, it's taken so long that I usually don't even like it anymore. I only see the things I wish I'd done differently. "
" Compliments aren't really a journalistic angle. "
" Depicting a terrorist act in a film isn't going to incite terrorism. "
" Each time I make a movie, it's a little bit like taking another course in something because there's an argument between these people that I don't necessarily have an answer to. "
" Even if it's a thriller or a comedy, it's always a love story for me, and that's what I concentrate on, because the love stories are my surrogates for the argument: two people in conflict that see life differently. "
" Even in 'Victor/Victoria,' there was talk about what it means to be a woman, what it means to be a man. You didn't get that in the old days, in 'Charley's Aunt' or 'Some Like It Hot.' "
" Even with 'Three Days of the Condor,' I wanted to do a thriller. But I was still concentrating on the Faye Dunaway-Robert Redford relationship in that film. "
" Everybody's trying to make blockbusters. "
" Every single art form is involved in film, in a way. "
" Every story needs an element of suspense - or it's lousy. "
" Every time I am directing, I question why in God's name I'm doing it again. It's like hitting yourself in the forehead with a hammer. "
" Film is a collective experience, as you know. "
" For example, a man who might not have enormous charisma, who could be president 40 years ago, and who was a deserving president, I don't know that George Washington would be a president today, I don't know that Abe Lincoln would, I don't know that Roosevelt would. "
" For reasons which I can't logically explain, in all of the films I've done, I've ended up doing love stories of one kind or another, and it seems to me that love stories are extremely dependent on the obstacles you can place between the lovers. There is no love story without it. "
" From almost the first time I stepped on a stage, I knew that was what I wanted to do. "
" Good actors aren't enough. You need charisma. Can you imagine 'Casablanca' without Bogart and Bergman? "
" I always go for the craft first because, to me, that's like an oil well - you either hit the oil or you don't. "
" I am not a cult director at all. I make Hollywood movies. "
" I am not a farceur. I am not Blake Edwards. "
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