A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
Actors are cattle.
I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.
Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.
I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them.
In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
Revenge is sweet and not fattening.
Self-plagiarism is style.
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.
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.’