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.
We had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little, we went insane.
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.
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.
I had a number of teachers who hated me. I didn't do well in school.
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.
I was the kind of kid that had some talents or ability, but it never came out in school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I became quite successful very young, and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and I just worked so hard at it.
Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most.
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.
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.
Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.
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.
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.
I thought I wanted to be a playwright because I was interested in stories and telling stories.
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.
You ought to love what you're doing because, especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.
I always found the film world unpleasant. It's all about the schedule, and never really flew for me.
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.