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1906 - 2002, American artist, filmmaker and producer

You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.
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I was the only director who ever made two pictures with Marilyn Monroe. Forget the Oscar,
I deserve the Purple Heart.
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Today we spend 80 percent of the time making deals and 20 percent making pictures.
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What critics call dirty in our movies, they call lusty in foreign films.
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France is the only country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.
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If there's anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, it's being taken too seriously.
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A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.
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I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt
have right of final cut.
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I just made pictures I would've liked to see.
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No good deed goes unpunished.
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If you don't like what you're doing, it's unlikely anyone else will either, so be sure you are
happy with your own work first.
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You're only as good as the best thing you've ever done.
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People copy, people steal. Most of the pictures they make nowadays are loaded down with
special effects. I couldn't do that. I quit smoking because I couldn't reload my Zippo.
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If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you.
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I'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.
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I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes!
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Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.
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Of course, there must be subtleties. Just make sure you make them obvious.
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