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“I don't believe in elitism. I don't think the audience is this dumb person lower than me. I am the audience.”
Vittorio De Sica
“I've lost all my money on these films. They are not commercial. But I'm glad to lose it this way. To have for a souvenir of my life pictures like Umberto D. and The Bicycle Thief.”
“A movie isn't a political movement, a party or even an article. It's just a film. At best it can add its voice to public outrage.”
“In France, I'm an auteur; in Germany, a filmmaker; in Britain, a genre film director; and, in the USA, a bum.”
“People say I pay too much attention to the look of a movie but for God's sake, I'm not producing a Radio 4 Play for Today, I'm making a movie that people are going to look at. ”
“To me, watching a movie is like going to an amusement park. My worst fear is making a film that people don't think is a good ride.”
“Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.”
“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.”
“The worst evil is - and that's the product of censorship - is the self-censorship, because that twists spines, that destroys my character because I have to think something else and say something else, I have to always control myself.”
“I don't know how much movies should entertain. To me I'm always interested in movies that scar. The thing I love about JAWS is that I've never gone swimming in the ocean again.”
“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
“I also wanted to express the strength of cinema to hide reality, while being entertaining. Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.”
“There are a thousand ways to point a camera, but really only one.”
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