Favorite Quotations ~† Film-Making Personal Journey With Scorsese

"Directing is a nice job. It's the best job for me. If I had to pay money to do it, I would do it... Directing is playing. Acting. ~ William Friedkin, Directing the Film, 1976

Research by Donald A. Redelmeier and Sheldon M. Singh has found that, on average, Oscar winners live nearly four years longer than nominees that donít win. ~ David Brooks

I had no choice. It was just something that happened. I was always looking for ways to act out, and I got a camera and it acted out for me. ~ Steven Spielberg

People tend to romanticize this job. So, it's fun to let the air out of it. ~ Kevin Smith

If you are directing, you have the opportunity to put your signature on the bottom of the frame. You have the opportunity to say, "This is what I believe. That is my credo. That is what I wish to state." ~ Richard Attenborough

To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means to never look away. ~ Akira Kurosawa

Directors are like generals, political dictators, aggressive people...And everyone in the film is always grateful if you can tell them what to do. ~ Abraham Polonsky

The dance that happens, between actor and director, is a very delicate thing...it's why people tend to work together on many films over and over. ~ Sydney Pollack

Movies took you right up to the edge but kept you safe. ~ John Updike

I'm lucky enough to be able to make only movies I'm interested in seeing. That has to be an instinctive thrust. The audience knows when you're faking it. They can hang any kind of moniker they want on me. ~ Tom Hanks, Boston Globe, 3/04

Movies become living organisms that graduate from a filmmaker's sphere of influence and pretty much look back and tell you how they need to be said goodbye to. A movie often turns around and looks at you and says, "Here is who I am, and that's maybe now how you see me, but that's who I've become." And you've got to be open enough to go with that. ~ Steven Spielberg, USA Today, 6/15/04

I so desperately hate to end these movies that the first thing I do when I'm done is write another one. ~ John Hughes

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