Making a film is all work, all worry, all fear, and all heartache. Not making a film is worse.
I'd like to see more women working as directors and producers. Today it's almost impossible to do it unless you are an actress or writer with power.
Actress-director-producer-screenwriter Ida Lupino (1918-1995) who in the late 1940s was tired of waiting for the right roles to come along. She then formed her own independent production company Filmakers with her then husband, Collier Young, and between 1949 and 1954 she directed, produced and wrote eight feature films.
Novelists have always had complete freedom to pretty much tell their story any way they saw fit. And that's what I'm trying to do.
George Stevens was the greatest director I ever worked with. He made me understand that acting, especially film acting, is not emotion, but thinking. He showed me how the camera photographs your thoughts and sometimes your soul.
Shelley Winters in her autobiography "Shelley: Also Known As Shirley" (1980)
Ernst Lubitsch could do more with a closed door than most of today's directors can do with an open fly.
Billy Wilder in a 1975 interview
I love the camera a lot more than you think--all the time. But if you don't see it, that's a great compliment, because audiences are not supposed to see the camera move. You want them only to be involved with the characters on the screen.
Frank Capra in a 1973 interview with Richard Glatzer
"The French Connection"  was turned down twice by literally every studio in town. Then Richard D. Zanuck, who was running 20th Century Fox, said to me, 'Look, I've got a million and a half bucks tucked away in a drawer here. If you can do this picture for that, go ahead.'
Film director William Friedkin
If you want to learn everything there is to know about acting for film, just watch Steve McQueen's eyes.
It's always a little mind-boggling to realize that famous actors know who I am.
"The Color Purple"  is the kind of character piece that a director like Sidney Lumet could do brilliantly with one hand tied behind his back.