Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.
Filmmaking can be a fine art.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.
Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
Life is more than sunglasses and hit movies. Reality – that’s the main event.
Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.
When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.’
When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.
Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that.
Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.
The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.
Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
Whenever I have free time, I love to just lay in my bed and watch YouTube videos, watch movies. Just basically do nothing.
More and more, as I grow older, I find myself looking for inspiration in painting, illustration, videogames, and old movies.
I always wish the hotels were like they are in movies and TV shows, where if you’re in Paris, right outside your window is the Eiffel Tower. In Egypt, the pyramids are right there. In the movies, every hotel has a monument right outside your window. My hotel rooms overlook the garbage dumpster in the back alley.
The Princess Bride’ is one of my favorite movies of all time.
The elements that create glamour are not specific styles – bias-cut gowns or lacquered furniture – but more general qualities: grace, mystery, transcendence. To the right audience, Halle Berry is more glamorous commanding the elements as Storm in the X-Men movies than she is walking the red carpet in a designer gown.