By the age of 50, I would like to know that I’m not dead – that there’s some continuity to my life.
I think I’m probably one of the worst directors around, but I do have an interest in my fellow man.
The camera is the slave to the actor.
You can defeat fear through humor, through pain, through honesty, bravery, intuition, and through love in the truest sense.
As an artist, I feel that we must try many things – but above all we must dare to fail.
I think I probably have the philosophy of a poor man. You know, like maybe I’d steal the pennies off a dead man’s eyes.
The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to. As an artist, I feel that we must try many things – but above all we must dare to fail. You must be willing to risk everything to really express it all.
I’m a great believer in spontaneity because I think planning is the most destructive thing in the world.
You can fail in films because you don’t have the talent, or you have too much humility, or you lack ferociousness. I’m a gangster. If I want something, I’ll grab it.
I won’t call my work entertainment. It’s exploring. It’s asking questions of people, constantly. ‘How much do you feel? How much do you know? Are you aware of this? Can you cope with this?’ A good movie will ask you questions you don’t already know the answers to. Why would I want to make a film about something I already understand?
I have a one-track mind. That’s all that I’m interested in – love. And the lack of it. When it stops.
Everyone who makes a film is at the major distributors’ mercy.