Why do film makers make films? It’s an interesting question. And what better way to answer that, than with quotes from some of the world’s best directors.
Notable films: Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull
"Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our lifetime, we need to keep them alive."
Notable films: Wild at Heart, Eraserhead, Blue Velvet
"I like to make films because I like to go into another world. I like to get lost in another world. And film to me is a magical medium that makes you dream…allows you to dream in the dark. It’s just a fantastic thing, to get lost inside the world of film."
Notable films: Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List
"I dream for a living. Once a month the sky falls on my head, I come to, and I see another movie I want to make. Sometimes I think I’ve got ball bearings for brains; these ideas are slipping and sliding across each other all the time. My problem is that my imagination won’t turn off. I wake up so excited I can’t eat breakfast. I’ve never run out of energy. It’s not like OPEC oil; I don’t worry about a premium going on my energy. It’s just always been there."
Notable films: Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers
"As filmmaker, I ask questions but don’t have answers. Moviemaking is a philosophical exploration. I invite the audience to come on the journey and discover what they think and feel. I have aspirations that the movie should trigger off a lot of complex responses."
Notable films: Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Signs of Life
"It is not only my dreams, my belief is that all these dreams are yours as well. The only distinction between me and you is that I can articulate them. And that is what poetry or painting or literature or film making is all about… it’s as simple as that. I make films because I have not learned anything else and I know I can do it to a certain degree. And it is my duty because this might be the inner chronicle of what we are. We have to articulate ourselves, otherwise we would be cows in the field. Perhaps I seek certain utopian things, space for human honor and respect, landscapes not yet offended, planets that do not exist yet, dreamed landscapes."
Notable films: Dinocroc, Dinoshark, Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader
"I wanted to do a film where a 50ft nude cheerleader blocks a karate chop with her tits."