Cinema quotes

When I was a kid, there was no collaboration; it's you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself. There is a fine line between censorship and good taste and moral responsibility. The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time. Casting sometimes is fate and destiny more than skill and talent, from a director's point of view. In the re-creation of combat situations, and this is coming from a director who's never been in one, being mindful of what these veterans have actually gone through, you find that the biggest concern is that you don't look at war as a geopolitical endeavor.
Cinema is a medium that can translate ideas. A filmmaker doesn't have to suffer to show suffering. You just have to understand it. You don't have to die to shoot a death scene. Humor is very interesting to me. My films are not comedies, but there's comedy in them from time to time, absurdities, just like in real life. More and more people are seeing the films on computers - lousy sound, lousy picture - and they think they've seen the film, but they really haven't. I think part of the reason ideas haven't come in is that the world of cinema is changing so drastically, and in a weird way, feature films I think have become cheap. Everything is kind of throwaway. It's experienced and then forgotten.