Because I found myself telling the story of his family to people without the visual aids that I was able to employ by filming them eventually. But I very much knew exactly what I was going to do.
Whereas my producer literally worked on this thing for 10 years and because I gave that presenter credit to David Lynch, she to this day never gets credit. It really kills me.
And I sense it was a rather constructed, almost half narrative fiction film in some ways. A lot of it was staged and manipulated to get those things in there that I knew to be strong.
I hope they get something of interest out of it, but I’d rather they all hate it and I like it, instead of vice versa… I make films to please myself first, and if the audience likes them, all the better.
I think the other misconceptions when the film came out, he was very upset that it was so widely released and so widely seen. And neither one of us – well, I think I had hopes it would be, ’cause I really did think it was something special.
I was inspired to do anything I could to get out of what I was doing… today, I’m motivated to pay the bills.
Luckily, he was in the process of moving to France at the time, anyway. But if he had stayed in the States, I don’t know how he would have handled that, because it was getting pretty crazy. I mean, a celebrity which he really did not welcome. And I can’t blame him.
So I told Robert from the start that if we couldn’t get Charles and Max to take part, but especially Charles, that I didn’t want to make the film. So would he call his mother and talk to Charles and see if Charles would at all be interested.
Well, that was certainly – to me, until we could film in Charles’ room, I didn’t even want to bother filming anything else. And in fact, I did hold off and that was the first thing we filmed.
That would be getting up at 5 am… I don’t understand why film’s shoot such brutal hours. I think it’d be worth it to not be so strictly cost-effective and have an 8 hour day. The film’s would benefit in the end.
It makes it difficult to decide which to go see, since no film about say, some tragic genocide in Africa is going to get a bad review even if it’s poorly made.
I soon became convinced… that all the theorizing would be empty brain exercise and therefore a waste of time unless one first ascertained what the population of the universe really consists of.
Mountains were once my big adventure but is is over since a long time; I still dream from the wonderful days sometimes, read also a few pages from a mountain book. But the thought of doing again active mountain climbing has faded.
I have a good idea every two years. Give me a topic, I will give you the idea!
Every evening, I come home tired and have just enough energy to fill out the endless tax forms, to pay bills, not to let my house neglected and to hear the radio concert for an hour.
I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student.
There is a segment of the American population that has been excluded from the national myth, and that should be redressed.
I don’t think movies can ever be too intense, but people have to understand why you’re showing them the things you are showing them.
There is something universal in the theme of a man trying to save his family in the midst of the most terrible circumstances. It is not limited to Sierra Leone. This story could apply to any number of places where ordinary people have been caught up in political events beyond their control.
I have nothing against diamonds, or rubies or emeralds or sapphires. I do object when their acquisition is complicit in the debasement of children or the destruction of a country.
I look at modern life and I see people not taking responsibility for their lives. The temptation to blame, to find external causes to one’s own issues is something that is particularly modern. I know that personally I find that sense of responsibility interesting.
I think it’s too easy often to find a villain out of the headlines and to then repeat that villainy again and again and again. You know, traditionally, America has always looked to scapegoat someone as the boogie man.
It seems that almost every time a valuable natural resource is discovered in the world-whether it be diamonds, rubber, gold, oil, whatever-often what results is a tragedy for the country in which they are found. Making matters worse, the resulting riches from these resources rarely benefit the people of the country from which they come.
Samurai culture did exist really, for hundreds of years and the notion of people trying to create some sort of a moral code, the idea that there existed certain behaviors that could be celebrated and that could be operative in a life.
There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive – in fact, each can fuel the other. As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost. If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding of a time or a circumstance, then the hope is that change can happen.
To me this movie is about what is valuable. To one person it might be a stone; to someone else, a story in a magazine; to another, it is a child. The juxtaposition of one man obsessed with finding a valuable diamond with another man risking his life to find his son is the beating heart of this film.
Sometimes when we weep in the movies we weep for ourselves or for a life unlived. Or we even go to the movies because we want to resist the emotion that’s there in front of us. I think there is always a catharsis that I look for and that makes the movie experience worthwhile.
Only the misfortune of exile can provide the in-depth understanding and the overview into the realities of the world.
Every wave, regardless of how high and forceful it crests, must eventually collapse within itself.
When they are preparing for war, those who rule by force speak most copiously about peace until they have completed the mobilization process.
Today, for a Jew who writes in the German language, it is totally impossible to make a living. In no group do I see as much misery, disappointment, desperation and hopelessness as in Jewish writers who write in German.
There is no sense to a sacrifice after you come to feel that it is a sacrifice.
The idea of Jewish unity, of a plan, an organization, unfortunately exists only in the brains of Hitler and Streicher.
The free, independent spirit who commits himself to no dogma and will not decide in favor of any party has no homestead on earth.
Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life.
Often the presence of mind and energy of a person remote from the spotlight decide the course of history for centuries to come.
Now I am discovering the world once more. England has widened my horizon.
Never can the innate power of a work be hidden or locked away. A work of art can be forgotten by time; it can be forbidden and rejected but the elemental will always prevail over the ephemeral.
It would be foolhardy to count on the conscience of the world.
In history, the moments during which reason and reconciliation prevail are short and fleeting.
Fate is never too generous even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed.
One must be convinced to convince, to have enthusiasm to stimulate the others.
In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour.
It is not true that virtually all news in a totalitarian state is false.
The first step toward liberty is to miss liberty; the second, to seek it; the third, to find it.
People go to movies or listen to music because they want to be inspired.
People feel powerless and useless in the world. But they can buy something. It can give them a sense of value, of power.
People can be so apathetic. They continue to ignore the real people trapped in poverty and homelessness. It’s almost maddening.
One out of six women are toxic with mercury. Mercury comes out of coal plants and chlorine plants. I am toxic, I deal with symptoms, children are born with, you know, autism – there is an epidemic in this country. This is like, the air that we breath.
My mom was sarcastic about men. She would tell me Adam was the rough draft and Eve was the final product. She was a feminist minister, an earth mom who wore a bra only on Sundays.
I’ve been on shows that go for shock value.
You feel touched and honored and alive when you give to someone.
I’m a late bloomer. Being a late bloomer is a problem when you decide at 40 you want to have children.
When I was in high school I moved from the big city to a tiny village of 500 people in Vermont. It was like The Waltons!
When you face your fears, you are free of them. There’s nothing in the world I need to hide from again.
Before I do a movie, I watch Meryl Streep movies over and over. It’s not to mimic her. It’s to remind myself to be more committed.
Endangered forests are being slaughtered for toilet paper.
The planet does nothing but support us, and we are constantly committing crimes against nature.
To play a bag woman is brave for any woman.
Tim Robbins had real confidence in college. He literally stole actors from the theater department at UCLA to be in his plays. The department heads got so mad at him.
I cannot tell you how happy and in love I am with everything.
I have learned the art of filling in your lines with your visuals and your movies and your imagination.
I love men in bed when they are sleeping. But then they have to go and wake up.
I started dating older men, and I would fall in love with them. I thought they could teach me about life.
I stopped dating for six months a year ago. Dating requires a lot of energy and focus.
I usually get recognized for Spaceballs.
You don’t have to save the world, but you can be in the world-that’s where the beauty comes from.
I am, as a European, absolutely shocked by European people. I am also shocked by European nationalist people. They have allowed themselves to be so emasculated so silently.
The reason why I have survived as long as I have survived is what my friends, comrades and supporters thought was an extraordinarily cautious approach.
You know, many people have called me, friends from the nationalist camp, revisionists and so on, from around the world, have called me over the years – and now again because of what happened – and they are all very cynical about the police and the authorities.