Robert Altman Quotes (21 Quotes)


    How dare we continue to show this kind of mass destruction in movies,

    What's a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority.

    If George W. Bush is elected president, I'm leaving for France.

    No other filmmaker has gotten a better shake than I have I never had to direct a film I didn't choose and develop. Eleven years ago, I had a heart transplant. I got the heart of a young woman who is in her late 30s. So by that calculation, you may be giving me this award too early, because I think I've got 40 years left, and I intend to use them.

    And I said, 'You know, we should do your show, and you should write it. Because it's your humor, it's your sensibility. It's not mine.' And I've tried very hard to do his stuff rather than my own,


    Maybe there's a chance to get back to grown-up films. Anything that uses humor and dramatic values to deal with human emotions and gets down to what people are to people.

    The movies set the pattern, and these people have copied the movies,


    No filmmaker has gotten a better shake than I have. By that calculation, you may be giving this award too early. Because I think I've got about 40 years left and I intend to use them.

    It's a variety show. We wrote it as we went along. As we were casting people, he was rewriting constantly. This guy's a genius. We deferred to each other. He's been in charge of himself and his show for 30 years and so have I. So we suddenly had a monster with two heads.

    We're not against each other. They sell shoes and I make gloves.

    It's all just one film to me. Just different chapters.

    Wisdom and love have nothing to do with each other. Wisdom is staying alive, survival. Youre wise if you dont stick your finger in the light plug. Love -- youll stick your finger in anything.

    And I said, 'No. You either give this film back to me, or you don't.' I said, 'I've gone through that, I've gone through all this collaboration process.' And they gave it back to me, and I finished the film and delivered it to them.

    Every time we try to turn the lights up, they say, 'Turn 'em down'

    Men make clothes for the women they'd like to be with or in most cases the women they'd like to be.

    I don't know what a best director is, except that (it is) someone who stands in the same space with the best actors, ... I feel that they do the work and I get to watch. And nothing is better than that.

    I always thought this kind of award meant that it was over. I'm here, I think, under false pretences. I think I have to become straight with you. Ten years ago, 11 years ago I had a heart transplant, a total heart transplant.

    I'm here, I think, under kind of false pretenses, and I think I have to become straight with you. Ten years ago, 11 years ago, I had a heart transplant -- a total heart transplant. I got the heart of, I think, a young woman who was about in her late 30s. So, by that calculation, you may be giving me this award too early, because I think I got about 40 years left on it -- and I intend to use it.

    I think these awards are wonderful. Cinema should get more international. The fine boundary lines don't really exist any more.

    If you don't have a leg to stand on, you can't put your foot down.


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