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




 

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My film is not a movie; it's not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam.
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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.
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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.
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Art depends on luck and talent.
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A number of images put together a certain way become something quite above and beyond what any of them are individually.
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I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
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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.
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I had a number of very strong personalities in my family. My father was a concert flutist, the solo flute for Toscanini.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I remember teachers who really singled me out for their discouragement.
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I had been a kid that moved so much, I didn't have a lot of friends. Theater really represented camaraderie.
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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.
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I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
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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.
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I liked to work in a shop down in the basement and invent things and build gadgets.
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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.
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