Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it.

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.

What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education.

Film is an illusion. Fame is ephemeral. Faith and family are what endure.

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The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

I'm trying to interpret the film through the director's head, but it all comes out through me. So, a composer is kind of like a psychic medium.

If my films make one more person miserable, I'll feel I have done my job.

A film is -- or should be -- more like music than like fiction.

It should be a progression of moods and feelings.

James Caan told me at the end of filming 'Elf' that he had been waiting through the whole film for me to be funny - and I never was.

In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret.

Film is a very, very powerful medium.

It can either confirm the idea that things are wonderful the way they are, or it can reinforce the conception that things can be changed.

Film spectators are quiet vampires.

It's always good to have no expectations when you see a film.

Then you can be pleasantly disappointed or surprised.

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.

The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.

Some years ago, writing about stage adaptations of fiction, I noted:

One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.

If you feel you have a film that's valid, you stick your ass on the line.

A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.

In our film profession you may have Gable's looks, Tracy's art, Marlene's legs or Liz's violet eyes, but they don't mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage.

On the contrary, I'm a strong believer in the necessity of imperfection coming into the film.

At the end of the film Val suggests there may be a way to rejoin the living, when he says, 'Let's see if we're able to live among the living, walk among the living.'

Going to the cinema is like returning to the womb;

you sit there, still and meditative in the darkness, waiting for life to appear on the screen.

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.

I watch mostly independent films.

This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.

Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.

You can't be pregnant in leotards, and this is the last chance for us to get our bodies into the shape of concert dancers and capture it with the magic of film.

Is everybody in? Is everybody in? Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin. The entertainment for this evening is not new, you've seen this entertainment through and through you have seen your birth, your life, your death....you may recall all the rest. Did you have a good world when you died? -enough to base a movie on??

Every single art form is involved in film, in a way.

But I think Barry Sonnenfeld let his ego go out of control.

He told me in a meeting that he had to do something to make it his film.

If it isn't a success, that still wouldn't be grounds for divorce.

On her film The Long Kiss Goodnight produced by husband Renny Harlin

Films can only be made by by-passing the will of those who appear in them, using not what they do, but what they are.

I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.

Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can't teach old fleas new dogs.

For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.

I've tried like hell to make bad movies good, and I can't.

Maybe Marlon Brando has been able to do that at times. But even he has a hard time making The Appaloosa a good movie.

My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave.

It's hard to make a cultural phenomenon every time.

The greatest films are those which show how society shapes man.

The greatest plays are those which show how man shapes society.

After my father had seen me in five or six things, he said, Son, your mother and I really enjoyed your recent film, and I must say that you're a lot like John Wayne. And I said, How so? And he said, Well, you're exactly the same in all your roles. Now, as a modern American actor, that's not what you want to hear. But for a guy who watched John Wayne movies and grew up in Iowa, it's a sterling compliment.

Encouraging people to believe in it was the most important thing of all.

It's one of the reasons I was always uncomfortable whenever film crews came on the set to shoot things. I didn't want our make-believe to be exposed.

You have the massive world that was created by Marvel, and then you have these very intimate actors around you. There was as much character work on this as there would be on a little independent film. So, I felt very fortunate in that sense.

I always approach film as a fan.

I had come to the point when I realized it was unlikely that my film career was going to move beyond a certain level of role. And I was - because I had graphic instances of it - handicapped by the success of Star Trek. A director would say, 'I don't want Jean-Luc Picard in my movie' - and this was compounded by X-Men as well.

But the way that we've got it organized in our family, we try not to work at the same time, so I'm just now starting to look around. I think I'd like to do a film.

I stole a piece of the chess set on the first film.

I took a piece of the treasure out of Bellatrix's vault on this film. And I've taken my wand and I've got my cloak.