You know, what's interesting is, being your own self is kind of a blur.— David Chase
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When we were doing 'The Sopranos', I used to love that about it.
There were rules, Mafia codes you had to go by, but the code is ridiculous. It's a code among sociopaths.
When I was a kid, I used to watch 'Laurel and Hardy' with my cousins all the time. I still think they're extremely funny and so surreal.
When I was doing 'The Sopranos,' I liked putting music together with the film;
that was my favorite part of it.
The Sopranos' is filled with really retrograde humor.
Bathroom humor, falls, stupid puns, bad jokes - infantile, adolescent stuff, but it makes me laugh.
Psychology doesn't address the soul; that's something else.
You see Michelangelo and Picasso and you read literature.
I had some innate inchoate yearning for that, but I never really saw where I would fit in. That's called art. And then something happened to pop music, which is that it became art under the hand of the Beatles, the Stones, and Bob Dylan and some other people.
Hope comes in many forms.
I was so besotted with '8½' that, when it was on TV, I used to take pictures with my 35-mm. camera of the frames of the film. That was the first time I'd ever really seen Italians on screen.
People who need therapy are in Afghanistan.
They've seen horrible human cruelty and degradation, but they don't have time or the money for therapy.
Hitchcock was one of the few people in Hollywood who had a brand.
Every movie he made was an Alfred Hitchcock movie, couldn't have been anyone else.
But cheer up - we could be selling tobacco. It's not like software kills people if used as intended
Network television is all talk. I think there should be visuals on a show, some sense of mystery to it, connections that don't add up.
Cancer don't respect nothing.
I have a huge editor in my head who's always making me miserable.
But sometimes, I try to let my unconscious act out.
I'm the number-one fan of gangster movies.
The thing about movies now is in a way what it always was: The screen is huge and now the sound systems are too. And you never get that with TV. Even with a home system, it's never the same.
James Gandolfini was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time... A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.'
I think that the difference between The Sopranos and the shows that came before it was that it was really personal. There had been a lot of dramas, a lot of really good ones, a lot of really bad ones, but they were always franchise shows about cops, or doctors, or lawyers. They weren't about the writer himself.
I think storytelling is all about children.
We human beings love to hear stories being told - and it first happens when you're a kid.
I think people are intolerant of artists.
The Sopranos was the first show about the life of the writer.
I never made any secret about the fact that it was about my mother.
People have said that I said I hate television.
I never did say that. What I said was that I hated a lot of stuff that was on television. It's nothing about the medium itself.
It doesn't matter if your lead character is good or bad.
He just has to be interesting, and he has to be good at what he does.
People get so tired of the '60s.
I would imagine that the more time you spend talking to another person, the more you're going to lie to them. So if you spend a lot of time with your relations, you're probably lying a lot to them.
Don't get too comfortable. We are here for a certain period of time, and how much of your life are you gonna choose to spend with distractions? How do you make your choices? What is important?
I think for anyone who follows the 'artistic life,' a certain amount of selfishness and self-involvement is part of the package. You're probably already disregarding a certain material life you could have.
Television is a prisoner of dialogue and steady-cam.
People walk down a hall, and the camera follows them around a corner.
I really like comedy. There's always a choice, when you're writing: you can either go for the joke or you can go for the story, the important stuff.
There's something very dreamlike about film, and I will always be very fascinated by that, and I'm always tempted to go in that direction.
I had a prior deal in place to do a miniseries for HBO, so I'm not done with TV.
But I basically want to stay in movies.