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  • Am I allowed to say I really wanted this?
  • Before I go off and direct a movie I always look at 4 films. They tend to be: Seven Samurai, Lawrence of Arabia, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Searchers.
  • Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive.
  • I always like to think of the audience when I am directing. Because I am the audience.
  • I don't drink coffee. I've never had a cup of coffee in my entire life; that's something you probably don't know about me. I've hated the taste since I was a kid.
  • I have made almost as many films in England as I have in America. I will come back to England again and again.
  • I think the real indicator that games have become a storytelling art form, will be when somebody confesses that they cried at level 17.
  • I would love to see the British film industry get back on its feet again.
  • Once a month the sky falls on my head, I come to, and I see another movie I want to make.
  • The older I get, the more I look at movies as a moving miracle.
  • Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?
  • With Star Wars, George put the butter back into the popcorn.
  • The public has an appetite for anything about imagination - anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.
  • What I`m saying is that I believe in showmanship.
  • You know, I don`t really do that much looking inside me when I`m working on a project. Whatever I am becomes what that film is. But I change; you change.
  • After a scary movie about the world almost ending, we can walk into the sunlight and say, "Wow, everything`s still here. I`m OK!" We like to tease ourselves. Human beings have a need to get close to the edge and, when filmmakers or writers can take them to the edge, it feels like a dream where you`re falling, but you wake up just before you hit the ground.
  • I`d rather direct than produce. Any day. And twice on Sunday.
  • I`ve discovered I`ve got this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large forces.
  • I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends` lives.
  • If I weren`t a director, I would want to be a film composer.
  • Times have changed. It`s like when the first 747 landed at Los Angeles international airport: everybody thought flying through the sky was the most greatest marvel they had ever seen - floating through the air, seemingly in slow motion. Today we never even look at 747s. They`re a dime a dozen and it`s that way with the blockbuster. If there was one blockbuster every three years, it meant a lot more than when you have a blockbuster every three weeks. It`s the job of each of these studios to market these movies as the must-see movie of the year, so they go after blockbuster status by creating a grand illusion. Sometimes they`ve got a real engine behind that grand illusion, meaning the movie is damned good and the audience will say they got their money`s worth. Other times, the audience comes on the promise of seeing something they`ve never ever seen before and it becomes just another sci-fi action yarn and they feel disappointed.
  • I feel like I`ve been engaged to the British Empire since 1980 and tonight you have given me the ring knighthood.
  • The person I enjoy working for more than anyone else is George Lucas. He`s the best boss I ever had because he`s the most talented boss I ever had.
  • A lot of the films I`ve made probably could have worked just as well 50 years ago, and that`s just because I have a lot of old-fashion values.
  • All of us every single year, we`re a different person. I don`t think we`re the same person all our lives.

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