My film is not a movie; it's not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam.
We were raised in an Italian-American household, although we didn't speak Italian in the house. We were very proud of being Italian, and had Italian music, ate Italian food.
When I do a novel, I don't really use the script, I use the book; when I did Apocalypse Now, I used Heart of Darkness. Novels usually have so much rich material.
Art depends on luck and talent.
A number of images put together a certain way become something quite above and beyond what any of them are individually.
I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
I wrote the script of Patton. I had this very bizarre opening where he stands up in front of an American flag and gives this speech. Ultimately, I was fired. When the script was done, they hired another writer and that script was forgotten.
I had a number of very strong personalities in my family. My father was a concert flutist, the solo flute for Toscanini.
You're in a profession in which absolutely everybody is telling you their opinion, which is different. That's one of the reasons George Lucas never directed again.
The essence of cinema is editing. It's the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.
Roger Corman exploited all of the young people who worked for him, but he really gave you responsibility and opportunity. So it was kind of a fair deal.
I remember teachers who really singled me out for their discouragement.
I had been a kid that moved so much, I didn't have a lot of friends. Theater really represented camaraderie.
Frank Capra was a prop man, I think. John Ford was a prop man. It was a little bit of a father and son thing, and you kind of worked your way up.
I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
Listen, if there's one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business, it's that I don't know anything about human nature.
I liked to work in a shop down in the basement and invent things and build gadgets.
I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.