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I don’t pray because I don’t want to bore God.
– Orson Welles
The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left.
The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
On my tombstone, I want written: ‘He never did ‘Love Boat!’
In common with all Protestant or Jewish cultures, America was developed on the idea that your word is your bond. Otherwise, the frontier could never have been opened, ’cause it was lawless. A man’s word had to mean something.
Each multiplex has screens allocated to each studio. The screens need filling. Studios have to create product to fill their screen, and the amount of good product is limited.
Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.
I’m never certain of a performance – my own or the other actors’ – or the script or anything… But to me it seems there’s only one place in the world the camera can be, and the decision usually comes immediately.
Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.
When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society.
Film is like a colony and there are very few colonists.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
If there hadn’t been women we’d still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.
Criminals are never very amusing. It’s because they’re failures. Those who make real money aren’t counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem.
Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.
Now I’m an old Christmas tree, the roots of which have died. They just come along and while the little needles fall off me replace them with medallions.
I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.