We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls.
To make a great film, you need three things: a great script, a great script, and a great script.
Movies are not about the weekend that they’re released, and in the grand scheme of things, that’s probably the most unimportant time of a film’s life.
The way a musical can make us feel is unlike anything else, in song and particularly in dance. I think people fly through plate-glass windows when they get shot because movies don’t have dance scenes any more. This is what we do instead.
Some people go to the movies to be reminded that everything’s okay. I don’t make those kinds of movies.
When ‘Black Swan,’ ‘True Grit’ and ‘King’s Speech’ all grossed over $100 million, it gave studios and independent financiers the confidence to make daring movies and not do the same old you-know-what.
A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
If my films make one more person miserable, I’ll feel I have done my job.
I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.