Mulberry Street was the beating heart of the Italian-American experience, but you don't find those gangsters now. I live with a bunch of yuppies and models.
That's the thing about making a movie: You never finish editing. They just take it away from you.
Most filmmaking is about shaking hands and just starting.
My existence is about making movies, so I've just got to rock and roll with the punches. You want to make movies on telephones, I'm there.
As barbaric is we are, it's a miracle we haven't blown ourselves off the face of the earth so far.
As an old-time New Yorker, it's not that I miss the '70s and '80s or whatever. I miss the fact that there was a certain kind of energy that exists when people can live for nothing.
Listen, anybody who has a film festival has the right to show what they want.
I don't have a problem with Werner Herzog.
Certain actors wanna get paid, they think working in a low-budget movie is being ripped off. But for others it's like, 'Yes, let's do it.'
I'm about my characters.
A script is not a piece of literature it's a process.
Life is what happens when you're doing other things, right?
Where I come from you're not raised to think on your own. It's not that you're pushed to read the Bible. The Bible is read to you.
The secret is not to make a film that causes something like Virginia Tech to happen. The secret is to make a film that stops it happening.
With 'New Rose Hotel,' I knew that I was getting paid a $100,000 fee to write, produce, and direct, and that's all I was going to get.
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