John Cassavetes Quotes

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John Cassavetes Quotes

We only have two hours to change peoples lives.
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As an artist, I feel that we must try many things - but above all we must dare to fail.

— John Cassavetes

I have a one-track mind. That's all that I'm interested in - love. And the lack of it. When it stops.

— John Cassavetes

I'm a great believer in spontaneity because I think planning is the most destructive thing in the world.

— John Cassavetes

You can fail in films because you don't have the talent, or you have too much humility, or you lack ferociousness. I'm a gangster. If I want something, I'll grab it.

— John Cassavetes

Everyone who makes a film is at the major distributors' mercy.

— John Cassavetes

I would put my pictures up against anybody's in this world. Certainly in my own day I bow to no one. I don't think there's another director in the world who works harder to make better films than I do.

— John Cassavetes

There is no reason why a serious film, one about life, can't be enjoyable, maybe even fun. Emotions can be very entertaining, you know. I try to use them generously in my films.

— John Cassavetes

I won't call my work entertainment. It's exploring. It's asking questions of people, constantly. 'How much do you feel? How much do you know? Are you aware of this? Can you cope with this?' A good movie will ask you questions you don't already know the answers to. Why would I want to make a film about something I already understand?

— John Cassavetes

We only have two hours to change people's lives.

— John Cassavetes

I think I'm probably one of the worst directors around, but I do have an interest in my fellow man.

— John Cassavetes

I think I probably have the philosophy of a poor man. You know, like maybe I'd steal the pennies off a dead man's eyes.

— John Cassavetes

The camera is the slave to the actor.

— John Cassavetes

The idea of love as a mysterious, undiscovered world has come to have no place in our innermost imagination.

— John Cassavetes

I hate entertainment.

— John Cassavetes

(Acting) is an extension of life. How you're capable of performing in your life, that's how you're capable of performing on screen.

— John Cassavetes

Art films aren't necessarily photography. It's feeling. If we can capture a feeling of a people, of a way of life, then we made a good picture.

— John Cassavetes

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