“You have to be memorable if you want people to be thinking about it thirty seconds after it happens. I don’t think it matters, the reaction, as long as they’re reacting.”
"Film your murders like love scenes, and film your love scenes like murders."
“Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.”
"A friend of mine says, ‘Art’s like a shark. You’ve got to keep swimming, or else you drown.’ Keep bouncing around. People always ask me what’s the plan. There is no plan. I go to what fascinates me next."
“I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets. There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to do. It’s sort of like my handwriting as a movie director. And somewhere along the way, I think I’ve made the decision: I’m going to write in my own handwriting.”
"The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t."
"I film quite a bit of footage, then edit. Changes before your eyes, things you can do and things you can’t. My attitude is always let it keep rolling."
"If my films don’t show a profit, I know I’m doing something right."