In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, 'But what's my motivation, ' I say, 'Your salary.'
Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book it makes a very poor doorstop.
I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don't want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.
This award is meaningful because it comes from my fellow dealers in celluloid.
Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film.
I'm full of fears and I do my best to avoid difficulties and any kind of complications. I like everything around me to be clear as crystal and completely calm.
These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.
I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
The ideal husband understands every word his wife doesnt say.
If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
One must never set up a murder. They must happen unexpectedlly, as in life.
Revenge is sweet and not fattening
Television has brought back murder into the home - where it belongs.
Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house.
Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don't want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.