I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself.
Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.
Your reality, isn’t restricted by this cell we live in. If you read something, if you study something, you transcend any cell you’re inside of
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
I allow my intuition to lead my path.
I've never seen a worse situation than that of young writers in the United States. The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.
What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
I began teaching in New York because I needed to stay in the United States and didn't have my immigration papers in order, so working for a university was a way of resolving the issue.
If a spectator with a philosophical mind, somebody accustomed to reading books, gets the same kind of information in a movie, he might not fully understand it.
I had stories that needed more space than the hour and a half or two hours a movie gives you.
I am very interested in what has been called bad taste. I believe the fear of displaying a soi-disant bad taste stops us from venturing into special cultural zones.
One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently.
It's essential not to have an ideology, not to be a member of a political party. While the writer can have certain political views, he has to be careful not to have his hands tied.
In film, you can't go into analytical explorations because the audience will reject that.
Most of the movies I saw growing up were viewed as totally disposable, fine for quick consumption, but they have survived 50 years and are still growing.
I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length academic studies have been written.
My greatest aspiration was always to live in the tropics.
My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days, after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.
The writer needs to react to his or her own internal universe, to his or her own point of view. If he or she doesn't have a personal point of view, it's impossible to be a creator.
Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.
Writers are not meant for action.
I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.
I locate that special problem in a character and then try to understand it. That's the genesis of all my work.
I would very much like to become a best-selling author.
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