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" You make the movie through the cinematography - it sounds quite a simple idea, but it was like a huge revelation to me. "
" Film remains completely mystical and mysterious to me. "
" The rules are learnt in order to be broken, but if you don't know them, then something is missing. "
" When a book is just a plot, you know, two men fight for the love of a woman in a wild frontier, I immediately ask, 'Why?' "
" Movies are not scripts - movies are films; they're not books, they're not the theatre. "
" Critics reach that age when it is as valuable and daring to hold a negative opinion as it is for a positive. We learn and understand from both. "
" 'Eureka' was very bad timing. The early 1980s: Reagan and Thatcher were in, greed was good, and here was a film about the richest man in the world who still couldn't be happy. Politically and sociologically, it was out of step. "
" Grief is an emotion that's almost unplayable because you're in a separate emotional state; it's an inconsolable emotion. "
" They think something's gone wrong, but in Don't Look Now, for instance, one scene was made by a mistake. It's the scene where Donald Sutherland goes to look for the policeman who's investigating the two women. "
" I hate it when people talk about Tony Curtis and say: 'His real name was Bernie Schwartz... ' That was just the name that he was given at birth. It's not the person he lived his life with, and became. "
" I've always felt that, although Truffaut was greatly revered and admired, at the same time, in terms of film and how much he loved film, he was underestimated. "
" Some people are very lucky, and have the story in their heads. I've never storyboarded anything. I like the idea of chance. What makes God laugh is people who make plans. "
" I realized I've spent all my life creating a past. "
" Any cuts that are done to any film, they're usually things that have some personal resonance for whoever has got permission to cut it and feels they should. But it has very little to do with the actual weight, the truth, of the piece. "
" I like women in film. I like women in general, but I especially like to show them on film. They are not ciphers. "
" I was always a bit arty-farty as a boy. 'Come on, Mr. Arty-Farty,' my sister used to say to me. "
" I've always thought there was something very marvelous and magical about mirrors, and that they are connected to memory as well. "
" Any change in form produces a fear of change, and that has accelerated. Marketing is the death of invention, because marketing deals with the familiar. "
" Youth is so exciting. It'll take over. I don't want to be swept away. I want to be with the taking-over people, right to the end. "
" Children's finger-painting came under the arts, but movies didn't. "
" You cannot intellectualize yourself out of obsession. You cannot cure yourself of it. "
" There was a village watercolour society and they'd come and paint in my field. I watched them from the window, the way they would struggle this way and that to find the perfect moment. God has made every angle on that beautiful, and I felt that tremendously. "
" You can't hide in life. We are all being watched by some larger vision. "
" I love that perhaps we don't see the things that are there because we have no yardstick to see things by, to compare them. "
" Don't you think it's something strange that you rarely look at yourself in the mirror, except to do things like stand and ponder? I mean, in Shakespeare's day, it was thought that the mirror would reveal something, that it is trying to tell you something - not just to tidy your hair, but something more. "
" Fear has many faces. "
" How can you judge one film against another? "
" Years ago I had a house in Sussex, it was like Arcadia, with an old Victorian bridge, a pond and the Downs. "
" I came up the old-fashioned way - tea boy, cutter, focus-puller, cinematographer - but I wasn't myself old-fashioned. "
" When my sister and I were very young, my father used to tell us fairy stories that he'd made up. My mother was always telling him that he should write them down, but he would say, 'Well, they've all been done before. There are so many blooming books in the world - why should I write another one?' "
" I generally try to avoid talking about my old films - I find it difficult. "