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Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 04/07/1939




 

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When I was going for my graduate degree, I decided I was going to make a feature film as my thesis. That's what I was famous for-that I had my thesis film be a feature film, which was You're a Big Boy Now.
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We had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little, we went insane.
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The stuff that I got in trouble for, the casting for The Godfather or the flag scene in Patton, was the stuff that was remembered, and was considered the good work.
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I made this movie for $40,000, which was this little black-and-white horror film called Dementia 13, which we made in about nine days.
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I had a number of teachers who hated me. I didn't do well in school.
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In kindergarten that used to be my job, to tell them fairytales. I liked Hans Christian Andersen, and the Grimm fairy tales, all the classic fairy tales.
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I was the kind of kid that had some talents or ability, but it never came out in school.
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It's ironic that at age 32, at probably the greatest moment of my career, with The Godfather having such an enormous success, I wasn't even aware of it, because I was somewhere else under the deadline again.
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The professional world was much more unpleasant than I thought. I was always wishing I could get back that enthusiasm I had when I was doing shows at college.
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George Lucas doesn't have the most physical stamina. He was so unhappy making Star Wars that he just vowed he'd never do it again.
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I remember growing up with television, from the time it was just a test pattern, with maybe a little bit of programming once in a while.
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Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful.
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I became quite successful very young, and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and I just worked so hard at it.
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Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most.
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They needed someone to write a script of The Great Gatsby very quickly for the movie they were making. I took this job so I'd be sure to have some dough to support my family.
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When I was about 9, I had polio, and people were very frightened for their children, so you tended to be isolated. I was paralyzed for a while, so I watched television.
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Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
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I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.
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I had a heartbreaking experience when I was 9. I always wanted to be a guard. The most wonderful girl in the world was a guard. When I got polio and then went back to school, they made me a guard. A teacher took away my guard button.
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You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you'll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.
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I thought I wanted to be a playwright because I was interested in stories and telling stories.
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I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn't speak any Russian. He didn't care whether I could understand what they were saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue.
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You ought to love what you're doing because, especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.
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I always found the film world unpleasant. It's all about the schedule, and never really flew for me.
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Ten Days That Shook The World, by Eisenstein, I went to see it, and I was so impressed with this film, so impressed with what cinema could do.
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