Steven Spielberg Quotes (63 Quotes)


    I like the smell of film. I just like knowing there's film going through the camera.

    When war comes, two things happen - profits go way, way up and all perishables go way, way down. There becomes a market for them.

    I hate to ask you, but would you read this and tell if you'd be interested

    A lot of the films I've made probably could have worked just as well 50 years ago, and that's just because I have a lot of old-fashion values.

    I'd love to build a company that will continue to make movies well beyond me someday. And I'd like to help start something great, even investing in it myself.


    Every time I go to a movie, it's magic, no matter what the movie's about.

    You know, I don't really do that much looking inside me when I'm working on a project. Whatever I am becomes what that film is. But I change; you change.

    I felt, for the first time in my career, that I was directing a stage production more than a motion picture. Part of directing is psychotherapy. You're sitting there with a lot of very talented patients, and you're hoping your movie doesn't blow up in your face in anarchy.

    Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding. Through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life, we are dedicated to making this the most emotional opening ceremony ever.

    I'd rather direct than produce. Any day. And twice on Sunday.

    There was not a single point when we thought it would come together as it did. But after '(Saving) Private Ryan,' we just wanted to get back into combat.



    All of us know that the survivors and witnesses have given us a precious gift whose wise use will build a better world for this and future generations.

    Twenty years from now, there will still be a square screen, maybe even larger, and people will be sitting in a large, dark space, and they won't know each other unless they bring friends along,

    Naturally, it is a terrible, despicable crime when, as in Munich, people are taken hostage, people are killed. But probing the motives of those responsible and showing that they are also individuals with families and have their own story does not excuse what they did.


    Now, with the response to 'Saving Private Ryan,' generations are coming together to understand how fortunate we are today to live in a free world because of what you and the millions of other veterans did for us.

    Next year he has plans to play eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes in a Scorsese-directed biopic. Fame forced him to go away longer than he ever wanted to, ... Hopefully he'll make up for the lost time.


    I wanted to do another movie that could make us laugh and cry and feel good about the world. I wanted to do something else that could make us smile. This is a time when we need to smile more and Hollywood movies are supposed to do that for people in difficult times.

    We don't demonize our targets. They're individuals. They have families. Although what happened in Munich, I condemn.

    All through my career I've done what I can to discover new talent and give them a start.


    There are three movies that I am exceptionally proud of in my life, and I rarely commit to a list of films that I like, that I've made, ... but these are the three films that I was passionately connected to. The first was 'ET,' the second 'Schindler's List,' and third is 'Saving Private Ryan.'

    Our hope is that the archive will be a resource so enduring that 10, or 50, or even 100 years from now, people around the world will learn directly from survivors and witnesses about the atrocities of the Holocaust.

    Viewing Israel's response to Munich through the eyes of the men who were sent to avenge that tragedy adds a human dimension to a horrific episode that we usually think about only in political or military terms.

    The public has an appetite for anything about imagination - anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.

    My intention was never to replace the original film. When people buy 'E.T.' I want them to know they have the original movie, not just for collectors and aficionados, but for everybody who remembers it and wants to continue remembering it just that way.

    I hate that people think it's wrong to say you're inspired by Jaws or by Raiders Of The Lost Ark. You're allowed to be.

    This opportunity ... allows all of us to reach out directly to open a much wider door.

    There is something about killing people at close range that is excruciating. It's bound to try a man's soul.


    I was saddened that after long negotiations and many compromises we were unable to come to terms with Universal's parent company, GE.

    I am an American Jew and aware of the sensitivities involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    These movies are asking sensitive questions about racial intolerance and Middle East politics. It's been an amazing year, very much like 1968, '69 and '70, when you suddenly see all of these political movies coming out at the same time, out of the watershed of politics. Some of it is due to our own insecurity about the voices representing us in government right now. We feel like our government has set us adrift, and we're trying to make our voices heard. We're telling them to be worried about these things.

    I expected to see a party animal who was going to reap harvest with all the girls on the set. I found the opposite. Leo is a homebody.

    The most expensive habit in the world is celluloid, not heroin, and I need a fix every few years.

    My film refuses to be a pamphlet. My screenwriter, Tony Kushner, and I were hoping to make it a visceral, emotional and intellectual experience, combined in such a way that it will help you get in touch with what you feel are the questions the film poses. The most important thing about peace in the Middle East is that people surrender their absolute certainty about what's going on.

    All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives.

    Through the visual arts, the performing arts, the art of music, the art of dance, the art of celebration of life, all of us are dedicated to making this Olympic opening and closing ceremonies the most emotional everyone has ever seen.

    The last few years in scouting have deeply saddened me to see the Boy Scouts of America actively and publicly participating in discrimination. It's a real shame.

    The new take Although the Transformers ... (The movie) is going to be really steeped in tradition, but it makes way for a newer line of toys.

    I don't think any movie or any book or any work of art can solve the stalemate in the Middle East today. But it's certainly worth a try.

    I've discovered I've got this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large forces.

    It would make people more comfortable if I made a film that said all targeted assassination is bad, or good, but the movie doesn't take either of those positions. It refuses to. Many of those pundits on the Left and Right would love the film to land somewhere definite. It puts a real burden on the audience to figure out for themselves how they feel about these issues. There are no easy answers to the most complex story of the last 50 years.

    I've always been very hopeful which I guess isn't strange coming from me. I don't want to call myself an optimist. I want to say that I've always been full of hope. I've never lost that. I have a lot of hope for this country and for the entire world. . .

    I'm always in favor of Israel responding strongly when it's threatened. At the same time, a response to a response doesn't really solve anything. It just creates a perpetual-motion machine.

    I interviewed survivors, I went to Poland, saw the cities and spent time with the people and spoke to the Jews who had come back to Poland after the war and talked about why they had come back.

    I don't think this collection of films represent everything. We're not delivering a shared point of view. These movies are all so different from each other. We all look at a movie through a prism of everything our parents and teachers taught us and what our children are telling us. You can't make a movie expecting everyone will have the same reaction. Ten people seeing 'Munich' will come out with 10 different points of view. It was always that way, sitting around the Passover table talking about the Middle East.


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