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Francis Ford Coppola Quotes


An Italian American film director, producer and screenwriter.
(1939 - )

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A number of images put together a certain way become something quite above and beyond what any of them are individually.
 

Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
 

Art depends on luck and talent.
 

Frank Capra was a prop man, I think. John Ford was a prop man. It was a little bit of a father and son thing, and you kind of worked your way up.
 

George Lucas doesn't have the most physical stamina. He was so unhappy making Star Wars that he just vowed he'd never do it again.
 

I always found the film world unpleasant. It's all about the schedule, and never really flew for me.
 

I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.
 

I became quite successful very young, and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and I just worked so hard at it.
 

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
[Art]
 

I had a heartbreaking experience when I was 9. I always wanted to be a guard. The most wonderful girl in the world was a guard. When I got polio and then went back to school, they made me a guard. A teacher took away my guard button.
 

I had a number of teachers who hated me. I didn't do well in school.
 

I had a number of very strong personalities in my family. My father was a concert flutist, the solo flute for Toscanini.
 

I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.
 

I had been a kid that moved so much, I didn't have a lot of friends. Theater really represented camaraderie.
 

I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn't speak any Russian. He didn't care whether I could understand what they were saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue.
 

I liked to work in a shop down in the basement and invent things and build gadgets.
 

I remember growing up with television, from the time it was just a test pattern, with maybe a little bit of programming once in a while.
 

I remember teachers who really singled me out for their discouragement.
 

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
[Movies]
 

I thought I wanted to be a playwright because I was interested in stories and telling stories.
 


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