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.
If my films make one more person miserable, I'll feel I have done my job.
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.
A film is -- or should be -- more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings.
A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
Film is an illusion. Fame is ephemeral. Faith and family are what endure.
There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education.
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.
Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it.