You've got to believe as a filmmaker that if a movie's good enough, it's going to survive; and if it's not, well, it won't.
I wanted very much to do Traffic and at one point it looked like I was going to work on it. And then, of course, Catherine Zeta-Jones had her relationship with Michael Douglas and it suddenly didn't happen.
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
For me, making films is like being on vacation, it's a nice walk. But theatre is like mountaineering. You never know whether you're going to fall off or make it to the top.
When you're on top and you lead the parade, everyone's there throwing lilies and lilac water on your head. But when those parades have gone by and there's a storm in your heart, there are very few people that are going to sit there and listen to you bemoan life.
Webster and I are very aloof. The two of us go and sit there by ourselves. I sit by myself in the corner with my book and the newspaper. He kind of runs around a little bit, and then he goes and sits on top of the picnic table. He never plays with other little dogs.
I knew we were going to marry someday, but I was absolutely surprised when he actually proposed. And surprised he had bought a ring. I ran around the yard screaming.
There's always pressure, from other people and yourself. If you're happy with the looks you're born with, then what are you going to do your whole life?. We keep thinking up new things and finding better ways of doing things because we're not happy with what we're given.
When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
The challenge to me as a director was for the audience to see the film as going on in a straight line, so that they did not sense all of these break-ups. I did not want a film to be a collage of all these images.
It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.
I've never been into what am I going to do next, trying to reinvent myself.
Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be - like the reality of yesterday - an illusion tomorrow.
If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
I'm not smart enough and I don't know enough about what's going on.
It's difficult for me to meet women because my crowd is much older. I know that for some of the young women I do meet, a relationship with me can be envisioned as a benefit to their career.
The fact is that young people are going to have sex whether you like it or not.
You lose your anonymity just like a helium balloon with a string. Therefore people are going to have their own opinion and they're going to write in whatever clever manner they desire.
Men want girls. Most men want little girls. They want them in film. They want to look at them. That's all they want. An evolved man is not going to look that way.
The Nautilus was piercing the water with its sharp spur, after having accomplished nearly ten thousand leagues in three months and a half, a distance greater than the great circle of the earth. Where were we going now, and what was reserved for the future?
When you start out in a team, you have to get the teamwork going and then you get something back.
When you know what an actor has, you can reach in and arouse it. If you don't know what he has, you don't know what the hell is going on.