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Martin Scorsese on Culture, Cinema, and Celluloid

“Can a film really change anything? I mean, what was the last time? Maybe the Italian neo-realists, where they became the voice and the heart and the soul of Italy, a nation that had been destroyed. I don’t know.”

“A lot of what I’m obsessed with is the relationship and the dynamics between people and their family, particularly brothers and their fathers.”

“Howard Hughes was this visionary who was obsessed with speed and flying like a god. I loved his idea of what filmmaking was.”

“There was always a part of me that wanted to be an old-time director. But I couldn’t do that. I’m not a pro.”

“The cinema began with a passionate, physical relationship between celluloid and the artists and craftsmen and technicians who handled it, manipulated it, and came to know it the way a lover comes to know every inch of the body of the beloved. No matter where the cinema goes, we cannot afford to lose sight of the beginnings.”

“I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall, sowing the seeds of their own destruction.”

“When I was growing up, I don’t remember being told that America was created so that everyone could get rich. I remember being told it was about opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. Not happiness itself, but the pursuit.”

“There’s no such thing as simple. Simple is hard work.”

“There are two kinds of power you have to fight. The first is the money, and that’s just our system. The other is people close around you, knowing when to accept their criticism, knowing when to say no.”

“People have to start talking to know more about other cultures and to understand each other.”

“Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.”

“It’s hard to let new stuff in. And whether that admits a weakness, I don’t know.”

“Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.”

(source: BrainyQuote.com)

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