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I’ve been making films since the ’70s and trying to develop that best possible fiction-film style that I feel is the most expressive. At a…
I’m of Neil Young’s generation. Neil Young’s songs have spoken to what it’s like to be at least a white male of his generation over…
I love the idea of documentaries. I love seeing documentaries, and I love making them. Documentaries are incredibly easy to shoot. The ease with which…
I love doing fiction. I love doing performance films and I love doing documentaries that don’t have music. I love to shoot and I love…
Extraordinary people are the Green Berets and the Navy Seals and the Olympic athletes – these are the ones who can face these extraordinary physical…
Everything I’ve made – it doesn’t mean they’ve all been good – but everything I’ve made so far, big or little, fiction or documentary, has…
Documentaries – my God, there is so much going on in our country and in the world today that every time you open the newspaper…
They’re out there, this appalling idea that there are companies that profit – not just profit but profit enormously – through war.
Nothing beats a live performance. Nothing.
If you’re doing a music film, you’ve got to be singing about something.
I was a sort of rock journalist – whatever that is – in London in the late ’60s.
I remember the Neil Young brand hitting me very hard immediately. He wasn’t an acquired taste. I loved him immediately.
I don’t think of Storefront Hitchcock or Stop Making Sense as documentaries, I think of them more as performance films.
I don’t think it’s sacrilegious to remake any movie, including a good or even great movie.
As a kid, a little kid, I loved going to the movies, and now I love making movies.
When Silence of the Lambs did well commercially it was more than anything. My partner Ed Saxon and I were just so relieved that finally…
I’ve never fallen into what I consider to be a trap of trying to figure out something analytically that could be a very popular film.…
I also feel that the only thing more gratifying than working with someone who you’ve worked well with is working with someone new and coming…
I felt from time to time that shooting live music is the most purely cinematic thing you can do. Ideally, the cinema is becoming one…
I like finding a great shot and then just staying with it for a long time, not trying to pump things up with some kind…
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