I always have coffee without sugar, you know. Just cream.
The Pirate is surrealism and so, in a curious way, is Father of the Bride.
West Side Story was terribly important because of the style of the dancing and the gangs of New York.
It's always the story that interests me.
I feel that a picture that stays with you is made up of a hundred or more hidden things. They’re things that the audience is not conscious of, but that accumulate.
If you want to learn how to sing, listen to Ella Fitzgerald.
Once you find the right idea, then go ahead and embellish it.
I learn new things all the time.
I use colors to bring fine points of story and character.
I see wonderful films by Bertolucci, Visconti, and Fellini.
But surrealism is present in most of my pictures.
Dali was the great painter then and surrealism was a way of life.
Designing Woman was written for the screen.
I've worked with an awful lot of people. Katy Hepburn, Spencer Tracy.
It's the story that counts.
No, I only like whether I like the story or not, essentially see something in it that isn't completely there.
The Long, Long Trailer (1954) actually happened and the man wrote a book about it. Father of the Bride, same thing; a banker wrote that who had never written anything else.
In the Thirties, when I was in New York, I did the first surrealistic ballet in a show of mine.
I seem to be drawn to things that actually happen.
But I think musicals are going to have to deal with important subjects.
But I went down to Venezuela and spend a few weeks going through jungles. It's fantastic looking.
Cedric Gibbons was the grand cardinal of the art department.
Color can do anything that black-and-white can.
Fortunately, John Houseman is a marvelous writer and he sat in on so many story conferences. He worked with Welles, you know, and he's a marvelous man.
I allow an area for improvisation because the chemical things actors bring to stories make it not work.
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