It’s all just one film to me. Just different chapters.

The movie that got him noticed: MASH, 1970
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As filmmakers, we can show where a person’s mind goes, as opposed to theater, which is more to sit back and watch it.

The movie that got him noticed: PI, 1998

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What I look for in a script is something that challenges me, something that breaks new ground, something that allows me to flex my director muscle. You have got to think fast in this business, you’ve got to keep reinventing yourself to stay on top.

The movie that got him noticed: Bad Boys, 1995

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If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.

The movie that got her noticed: Near Dark, 1987

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You see so many movies… the younger people who are coming from MTV or who are coming from commercials and there’s no sense of film grammar. There’s no real sense of how to tell a story visually. It’s just cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, you know, which is pretty easy.

Peter Bogdanovich
The movie that got him noticed: The Last Picture Show, 1971

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Art is a sense of magic.

The movie that got him noticed; Mothlight, 1963

 

My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images.

The movie that got him noticed: The Pleasure Garden, 1953

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Jack Nicholson is a textbook actor who’s very intuitive. He is absolutely brilliant at going as far as you can go, always pushing to the edge, but still making it seem real.

The movie that got him noticed: Beetlejuice, 1988

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Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.

The movie that got him noticed: The Terminator, 1984

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A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

The movie that got him noticed: It Happened One Night, 1934

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In England, I’m a horror movie director. In Germany, I’m a filmmaker. In the US, I’m a bum.

The movie that got him noticed: Dark Star, 1974

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I use dancing to embellish, extend or enlarge upon an existing emotion.

The movie that got him noticed: An Evening with Julie Andrews and Henry Belafonte, 1969

 

The funniest thing is that all the things every director goes through, I thought I could shortcut, but there was no getting around those issues.

The movie that got him noticed: Good Night, And Good Luck, 2005

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We tend to do period stuff because it helps make it one step removed from boring everyday reality.

Ethan Coen
The movie that got him noticed: Blood Simple, 1984

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I do think that’s so much a part of what being a director is – in working with actors – to really try and be sensitive to what each actor needs to get to where he wants to be.

Bill Condon
The movie that got him noticed: Gods And Monsters, 1998

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I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.

The movie that got him noticed: The Godfather, 1972

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A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren’t so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction?

The movie that got him noticed: The Nightmare On Elm Street, 1984

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In the future, everybody is going to be a director. Somebody’s got to live a real life so we have something to make a movie about.

Cameron Crowe
The movie that got him noticed: Almost Famous, 2000

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And I don’t think I’m giving away any secrets here, but there are a lot of terrible scripts in this town.

The movie that got him noticed: The Shawshank Redemption, 1994

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Acting is by far and away the toughest job, in terms of film-making and maybe even the arts. How they do it I don’t know, but they have to be allowed to get their satisfaction.

The movie that got him noticed: The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991

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First cuts are a bitch for a director, because it’s been so many months and you put your trust in your editor and you’re going to see your film assembled for the first time. You look at it and go, This is terrible. I hate it.

Richard Donner
The movie that got him noticed: Superman, 1978

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Our feeling is that the most important thing on a set is that actors have enough confidence to try different things. If there’s stress or tension, they won’t go out on a limb because they won’t want to embarrass themselves if they don’t feel completely comfortable.

Peter Farrelly
The movie that got him noticed: Dumb And Dumber, 1994

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There are some movies I can watch over and over, never get sick of. I’ll put one of those on and be puttering around the house. Then a certain scene will come on and I’ll just have to go over and watch.

The movie that got him noticed: Seven, 1995

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Casting is 65 percent of directing.

The movie that got him noticed: Seven Days In May, 1964

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I tend to be attracted to characters who are up against a wall with very few alternatives. And the film then becomes an examination of how they cope with very few options. And that’s, I guess, what interests me in terms of human behavior.

The movie that got him noticed: The Exorcist, 1973

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It takes two years on the stage for an actor or an actress to learn how to speak correctly and to manage his voice properly, and it takes about ten years to master the subtle art of being able to hold one’s audience.

The movie that got him noticed: The Birth Of A Nation, 1915

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But a writer’s contribution is literary and a film is not literary. When you take that stuff off the page, and cast the people who are going to fit into those roles, that’s what being a director is.

The movie that got him noticed: Ray, 2004

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A theme that has always interested me is the difference between how thing appear and how they are. Image versus reality, etc.

The movie that got him noticed: L.A Confidential, 1997

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I’m a storyteller – that’s the chief function of a director. And they’re moving pictures, let’s make ’em move!

The movie that got him noticed: Scarface, 1932

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People watch luck go by them, and they’re so blind they never reach out and grab it.

The movie that got him noticed: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969

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One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges.

The movie that got him noticed: Apollo 13, 1995

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Most of my characters are romantic rather than sexual. I think that’s an essential difference in my pictures. I think they are more accurate in portraying young people as romantic – as wanting a relationship, an understanding with a member of the opposite sex more than just physical sex.

The movie that got him noticed: Sixteen Candles, 1984

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The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it.

The movie that got him noticed: The Maltese Falcon, 1941

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I’m like a navigator and I try to encourage our collaboration and find the best way that will produce fruit. I like fruit. I like cherries, I like bananas.

The movie that got him noticed: Stranger Than paradise, 1984

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Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.

The movie that got him noticed: The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics, 1965

 

Movies are art and the spirit of the movie depends on the creators.

The movie that got him noticed: Troma’s War, 1988

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To me, thoughts are fun and art is fun. The strength of our society should not be idle entertainments but the joy of pursuing ideas.

The movie that got him noticed: Goldstein, 1965

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A good director’s not sure when he gets on the set what he’s going to do.

The movie that got him noticed: A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951

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A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.

The movie that got him noticed: The Shining, 1980

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Everyone has a story.

The movie that got him noticed: In The Company Of Men, 1997

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A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movies you didn’t intend to be there.

The movie that got him noticed: 4 Little Girls, 1997

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All I try to do is create an atmosphere that seems comfortable enough, that it removes tension and everyone feels free. If they feel free then behaviour happens, small moments happen and that’s what ultimately works the best for me.

The movie that got him noticed: Rain Man, 1988

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I think maybe making films is something innate you can’t really teach to begin with.

Richard Linklater
The movie that got him noticed: Before Sunset, 1995

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But having a really good understanding of history, literature, psychology, sciences – is very, very important to actually being able to make movies.

The movie that got him noticed: Star Wars, 1977

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For any director with a little lucidity, masterpieces are films that come to you by accident.

The movie that got him noticed: Murder On The Orient Express, 1974

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I let the actors work out their ideas before shooting, then tell them what attitudes I want. If a scene isn’t honest, it stands out like a sore thumb.

The movie that got him noticed: The Elephant Man, 1980

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And take a look at “Directors on Directing Pt2” here: link

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