Find the best quotes by John Cassavetes.
There is no reason why a serious film, one about life, can’t be enjoyable, maybe even fun. Emotions can be very entertaining, you know. I…
People don’t know what they are doing most of the time. They don’t know what they want. It’s only in ‘the movies’ that they know…
My mother and father were never frightened of anything. They always felt that they should go through life happily and without fear, and they did…
I would put my pictures up against anybody’s in this world. Certainly in my own day I bow to no one. I don’t think there’s…
I think people are very stiff. Money makes people stiff, and we want it, and we have to pay the penalty. I never agreed with…
You know as a director what you want, but the film is smarter than you, the film says no, the film says there’s something more…
People have said that my films are very difficult to watch, that they’re experiences you are put through rather than ones you enjoy, and it’s…
The camera is the slave to the actor.
No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you’re keeping the man-child alive.
I think I probably have the philosophy of a poor man. You know, like maybe I’d steal the pennies off a dead man’s eyes.
I think I’m probably one of the worst directors around, but I do have an interest in my fellow man.
I don’t care about being on top, about being No. 1. I just make movies for a few suckers in the audience, anyway.
I hate entertainment.
Everyone who makes a film is at the major distributors’ mercy.
I won’t make shorthand films, because I don’t want to manipulate audiences into assuming quick, manufactured truths.
My parents allowed their two sons to be individuals. My family was a wild and wonderful place, with lots of friends and neighbors visiting and…
We only have two hours to change people’s lives.
By the age of 50, I would like to know that I’m not dead – that there’s some continuity to my life.
We have problems, terrible problems, but our problems are human problems.
You can fail in films because you don’t have the talent, or you have too much humility, or you lack ferociousness. I’m a gangster. If…
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