You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you'll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.
I think it's better to be overly ambitious and fail than to be underambitious and succeed in a mundane way. I have been very fortunate. I failed upward in my life!
I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
The essence of cinema is editing. It's the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.
Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful.
Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most.
If you're a person who says yes most of the time, you'll find yourself in the hotel business and the restaurant business.
Sequels are not done for the audience or cinema or the filmmakers. It's for the distributor. The film becomes a brand.
The most adventurous thing I've done is learn how to fly a helicopter in the Philippines. One night we landed on a beach and slept on it.
Sound is your friend because sound is much cheaper than picture, but it has equal effect on the audience - in some ways, perhaps more effect because it does it in a very indirect way.
I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
I believe that filmmaking - as, probably, is everything - is a game you should play with all your cards, and all your dice, and whatever else you've got. So, each time I make a movie, I give it everything I have. I think everyone should, and I think everyone should do everything they do that way.
Anyone who's made film and knows about the cinema has a lifelong love affair with the experience. You never stop learning about film.
I was always the black sheep of the family and always told that I was dumb, and I had a low IQ and did badly in school.
Art depends on luck and talent.
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