John Frankenheimer Quotes

37 John Frankenheimer quotes:

"It's very eclectic, the way one chooses subjects in the movie business, especially in the commercial movie business. You need to develop material yourself or material is presented to you as an assignment to direct."
"And in Hollywood, you know, everyone is an expert. Most of them are expert editors. They can't direct, they can't write, they can't act, but, by God, they all think they can edit."
"Casting is 65 percent of directing."
"I look at actors very closely. It's not an accident when the actors excel."
"I think all great actors - and I don't classify myself as one of them, incidentally - but I think all great actors listen well and I've learned that from a lot of the very good actors with whom I've worked - to really listen to what people say."
"So I've had really great assistant directors for my last seven movies."
"The first assistant director is just so important that the choice of that person is critical to the movie."
"The whole thing of this business is to retain your enthusiasm and in a sense retain your innocence and try and practice as much humility as you can."
"I feel that my job is to create an atmosphere where creative people can do their best work."
"There are two things I will never do in my life. I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer again. There isn't enough money in the world."
"I sought Ben Affleck because I needed an everyman for this role. Ben appeals to men and women. He gives you a sense of intelligence, the notion of a guy who can think on his feet."
"One of the first lessons you learn as an actor is to listen."
"There are so many effects and so many things that are done digitally now that it's so hard for the director to really control the process, because there are more and more experts that come in."
"The first thing is that we're being attacked by both the Writers Guild and the Producers Guild. Both of these groups are trying to diminish the importance and strength of the director. They're trying to do it through both frontal and side attacks."
"I have gotten to a point in my life where I don't want to have dinner with someone I don't like."
"I really, really love directing films."
"I've found that the more experts you have on a movie, the less control the director has."
"To do that I try and keep myself in pretty good shape physically and I try to lead my life in such a way that I'll be able to be as strong at the end of the movie as I am in the beginning."
"But I don't have any great secrets for anybody, you know, I really don't. I don't do anything that lots of other people don't do."
"I think that you can't make a movie without a script. But you also can't make movies without actors. You also can't make movies without technicians. And there has to be just one person in charge of everybody, and to me that one person is the director."

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