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The only person who has the right attitude about boxing in the movies for me was Buster Keaton.


(on sports) Anything with a ball, no good.


(on Raging Bull (1980)): (Robert De Niro) wanted to make this film. Not me. I don't understand anything about boxing. For me, it's like a physical game of chess.


It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change the world and if it does, then only temporarily.


I'm in a different chapter of my life. As time goes by and I grow older, I find that I need to just be quiet and think. There have been periods when I've locked myself away for days, but now it's different - I'm married and we have a daughter who is in my office the whole time.


If I continue to make films about New York, they will probably be set in the past. The "new" New York I don't know much about. It's not that I'm against contemporary film. I'm open to it in general, but I find the new colors of the city, the new Times Square, kind of shocking. I guess I'm stuck in a time warp.


My whole life has been movies and religion. That's it. Nothing else.


I'm a lapsed Catholic. But I am Roman Catholic - there's no way out of it.


(on the Iraq war) One hopes that this kind of war can be done diplomatically, with intelligence rather than wiping out a lot of innocent civilians.


(on Robert De Niro) And even now I still know of nobody who can surprise me on the screen the way he does -- and did then. No actor comes to mind who can provide such power and excitement.


I think what happened there was just the budget would be too big to build these sets because nothing really exists here in New York of that period; you have to build it all.


(On stage at the 2007 Oscars after winning for Best Director) "Could you double-check the envelope..."


I think there's only one or two films where I've had all the financial support I needed. All the rest, I wish I'd had the money to shoot another ten days.


The term 'giant' is used too often to describe artists. But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the rare instances where the term fits.


And as I've gotten older, I've had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things.


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