Paul Schrader Quotes

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Paul Schrader Quotes

Ultimately, its an illusion that you can understand yourself.
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People who act against their own best interests are interesting characters.

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I want to be happy; why do I do things that make me unhappy?

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If you write interesting roles, you get interesting people to play them. If you write roles that are full of nuance and contradiction and have interesting dialog, actors are drawn to that.

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Ultimately, it's an illusion that you can understand yourself.

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'Taxi Driver' wasn't autobiographical in terms of the actual events, but I did draw on my own mental state.

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I would not have made any of my films or written scripts such as Taxi Driver had it not been for Ingmar Bergman, What he has left is a legacy greater than any other director ... I think the extraordinary thing that Bergman will be remembered for, other than his body of work, was that he probably did more than anyone to make cinema a medium of personal and introspective value.

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All these teachers and [screenwriting] books mean you see movies that have been worked over by more committees wielding more rules, that all originality and authorship is lost. That's why you're seeing superstars like Brad Pitt in THE FIGHT CLUB and Tom Cruise in MAGNOLIA. They're desperately searching for people writing and directing off-formula movies.

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Anything that doesn't bore me I think is doable because it's keeping me awake.

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You can't take contradiction away. Part of the fun of it is that the contradiction never really quite goes away.

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Now I see it clearly. My whole life has pointed in one direction. I see that now. There never has been any choice for me.

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There's no escape. I'm God's only man.

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You think it's a blessing to know what God wants?

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