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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."
"A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet."
"I'm not sure how much movies should entertain. I've always been more interested in movies that scar."
"The MPAA rates this PG-13. It is too vulgar for anyone under 13, and too dumb for anyone over 13."
"What if a kid goes to school after seeing
and starts slicing up other kids? You know, I'll take that chance! Violent films don't turn children into violent people. They may turn them into violent filmmakers but that's another matter altogether."
"Movies are my religion and God is my patron. I'm lucky enough to be in the position where I don't make movies to pay for my pool. When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it."
"When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them 'no, I went to films.'"
"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out."
"It made me sick to watch those businessmen applaud Welles during the 1975 AFI tribute, when you know that the next day if he asked any one of them for money, they'd say, 'We'll let you know.'""
"This is fascinating! I love this picture! So I know it's going to be a bomb. It's always a disaster when you love something."
""I want to thank Gus Van Sant for selling out so that I could use his editor Curtis Clayton, who did a great job."
"So where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?"
"Somone lying back getting a wank absolutely should be something we see in cinema."
"The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."
"After 'The Matrix,' I cannot wear sunglasses. As soon as I put them on, people recognise me."
"We are in the transport business. We transport audiences from one place to another."
"A poet needs a pen, a painter a brush, and a filmmaker an army."
"The movie's director is the pilot. It's his vision. For an actor, the time to worry about flying is when you're on the ground. If you don't want to fly with the director, don't get on the plane."
"Film lovers are sick people."
"I wrote a novel this year called
, and several producers came to me and wanted to turn it into a movie. And I said, "If you think you're going to take this book and change it around, and Hollywoodize it and change the ending...that's going to cost you."
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George Bernard Shaw