Roman Polanski Quotes (31 Quotes)

    Softening the edges around Fagin wasn't the only change worked into the current version by Mr. Polanski and Mr. Harwood, previous collaborators on The Pianist. ... to make it acceptable to today's audience.

    I think that something is happening definitely in Korea that is worth watching.

    People like Truffaut, Lelouch and Godard are like little kids playing at being revolutionaries. I've passed through this stage. I lived in a country where these things happened seriously.

    Normal love isn't interesting. I assure you that it's incredibly boring.

    Every failure made me more confident. Because I wanted even more to achieve as revenge. To show that I could.

    I know that atmosphere of the Parisian apartment building, with the twin menaces of the concierge on the ground floor and the landlord upstairs.

    to walk for kilometers without socks in boots with bloody feet.

    is against any kind of principle of show business. If you install some buttons that one can press when decisions should be made at any point of a story, there would be no story.

    I had to go through it, ... I never had a doubt that I would win. Because the truth always wins, sooner or later.

    I don't really know what is shocking. When you tell the story of a man who is beheaded, you have to show how they cut off his head. If you don't, it's like telling a dirty joke and leaving out the punch line.

    There's no other place in the world where ... we could build a 19th-century London and shoot in it for months.

    Is he unconsciously drawn to survival stories You should ask my psychiatrist, if I had one, ... But the answer is maybe. Any kind of survival is a subject I enjoy dealing with.

    In consideration of the horrible things that has happened to the poor man I can almost understand.....or if the (girl) now woman felt justice needed to be served...Having grown up during Nazi Germany, having his wife, child and friends horrendously murder

    You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity.

    I knew how people treat a child whose parents are dead,

    If you have a great passion it seems that the logical thing is to see the fruit of it, and the fruit are children.

    My films are the expression of momentary desires. I follow my instincts, but in a disciplined way.

    As far as those events are concerned, I would not even start to justify myself.... What I did was wrong and I don't see why I should go back to this for the purposes of this trial.... I made one mistake, and I am still suffering for that.

    As for working geographically close to Hollywood, I don't know how much being there corrupts the artist, ... I'm not able to assess it. But I suspect there must be a problem.

    I would never think of doing a movie for children if I did not have any, ... A lot of things in the film I know about. I relate to all the sufferings much more now that I have kids. I see it from the outside now. And before, I didn't. Children have this capacity for resistance, and they accept things as they are, maybe because they have no other reference. They are somehow more flexible they adapt much faster than adults.

    In Paris, one is always reminded of being a foreigner. If you park your car wrong, it is not the fact that it's on the sidewalk that matters, but the fact that you speak with an accent.

    I want people to go to the movies. I am the man of the spectacle. I'm playing.

    the worst thing ever written about me. It is obvious that it's not true. I don't think you could find a man who could behave in such a way. But I think it was particularly hurtful as it dishonors my memory of Sharon.

    Human life is just a given series, an endless series of such moments,

    Whenever I get happy, I always have a terrible feeling.

    I can only say that whatever my life and work have been, I'm not envious of anyone-and this is my biggest satisfaction.

    Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.

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