More personal films, you could make them, but your budgets would be cut down.
– Martin Scorsese
People have to start talking to know more about other cultures and to understand each other.
I also saw the Dalai Lama a few times.
I think when you’re young and have that first burst of energy and make five or six pictures in a row that tell the stories of all the things in life you want to say… well, maybe those are the films that should have won me the Oscar.
I loved the idea of seeing the world through a boy’s eyes.
If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?
It’s hard to let new stuff in. And whether that admits a weakness, I don’t know.
I certainly wasn’t able to get it when I was a kid growing up on the Lower East Side; it was very hard at that time for me to balance what I really believed was the right way to live with the violence I saw all around me – I saw too much of it among the people I knew.
I was saying as a joke the other day that I love film editing, I know how to cut a picture, I think I know how to shoot it, but I don’t know how to light it. And I realize it’s because I didn’t grow up with light. I grew up in tenements.
I don’t agree with everything he did in his life, but we’re dealing with this Howard Hughes, at this point. And also ultimately the flaw in Howard Hughes, the curse so to speak.
The bottom line is, I tend to be going back to older and older music.
My working-class Italian-American parents didn’t go to school, there were no books in the house.
I’d like to do a number of films. Westerns. Genre pieces. Maybe another film about Italian Americans where they’re not gangsters, just to prove that not all Italians are gangsters.
Well the thing is that the New York of 1846 to 1862 was very different from downtown New York now. Really nothing from that period still exists in New York.
I can’t really envision a time when I’m not shooting something.
I make different films now.
I grew up within Italian-American neighborhoods, everybody was coming into the house all the time, kids running around, that sort of stuff, so when I finally got into my own area, so to speak, to make films, I still carried on.
I grew up in the Lower East Side, an Italian American – more Sicilian, actually.
You’ve got to understand when a collaborator isn’t satisfied anymore.
It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change the world and if it does, then only temporarily.
Death comes in a flash, and that’s the truth of it, the person’s gone in less than 24 frames of film.
If it’s a modern-day story dealing with certain ethnic groups, I think I could open up certain scenes for improvisation, while staying within the structure of the script.
If we just sit and exist, and understand that, I think it will be helpful in a world that seems like a record that’s going faster and faster, we’re spinning off the edge of the universe.
The best I can do is to make a film every two years.
You don’t make pictures for Oscars.
Being a father at a later age is different from when I had my other two daughters when I was in my 20s and 30s. If you’re in your 60s and you’re with the kid every day, you’re dealing with the mind of a child, so it opens up that childishness in you again.
Very often I’ve known people who wouldn’t say a word to each other, but they’d go to see movies together and experience life that way.
I happen to like vampires more than zombies.
Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.
The term ‘giant’ is used too often to describe artists. But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the rare instances where the term fits.