Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, 'But what's my motivation?, ' I say, 'Your salary.'
If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
I'm full of fears and I do my best to avoid difficulties and any kind of complications. I like everything around me to be clear as crystal and completely calm.
Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
Revenge is sweet and not fattening.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house.
Self-plagiarism is style.
A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
There is nothing quite so good as burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating.
Television has brought back murder into the home - where it belongs.
We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.
Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film.
The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.
This award is meaningful because it comes from my fellow dealers in celluloid.
The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.