Each picture has some sort of rhythm which only the director can give it. He has to be like the captain of a ship.
For me, cinema is a vice. I love it intimately.
I am profoundly fascinated by cruelty, fear, horror and death. My films show my preoccupation with violence, the pathology of violence.
You cannot make a social-conscious picture in which you say that the intermediary between the hand and the brain is the heart. I mean, that's a fairy tale - definitely.
Cinemascope is not for men, but for snakes and funerals.
Women have always been my best friends.
I was called the greatest director in Europe, but I was just a hard worker.
It is just that all my life I have been so involved in my work that I guess one could say in general that, whenever I had to balance my private life and my profession, my profession always won out.
My private life has nothing to do with my films.
I like folk songs, but ten horses couldn't bring me to a concert or an opera.
Music is the same to me as it was to Goethe - a pleasant noise. I am an eye man, not an ear man.
In America, sex is preached; in France, it is done.
I do not like producers.
I was something that is always hated in Hollywood - a perfectionist; nobody likes a perfectionist, you know.
I am not an artist. I am a craftsman.