I believe we need heroes...we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by.
I passionately believe in heroes, but I think the world has changed its criteria in determining who it describes as a hero.
I don't blame people for their mistakes, but I do ask that they pay for them.
I came from a family who believed in, in quotes, the Rights of Man, who believed that in order to justify the sort of luxurious life that the majority of us have, related to the whole world, that you had to do something.
When asked what attribute he most admired in human nature, Mahatma Gandhi replied, simply and immediately, 'Courage'. 'Nonviolence', he said, 'is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward. It is the weapon of the brave.
I am passionately opposed to capital punishment, and I have been all my life.
I just love biography, and I'm fascinated by people who have shifted our destinies or our points of view.
There's nothing more important in making movies than the screenplay.
And there are certain things, and they are evident, obviously, without being boring about it, but I mean obviously, the two evident and easy ones being Gandhi and Cry Freedom, there are things which I do care about very much and which I would like to stand up and be counted.
I want to be remembered as a storyteller.
Art is not an elitist gift for a few select people. Art is for everyone.
At my age the only problem is with remembering names. When I call everyone darling, it has damn all to do with passionately adoring them, but I know I'm safe calling them that. Although, of course, I adore them too.
I do not have a brain that I long for in dealing with matters of which I am ignorant, that don't come within my ken and a rationale, a reason, and argument and so on, and I can't do that and I'm not in that bracket at all.
I do care about style. I do care, but I only care about style that serves the subject.
I think it is obscene that we should believe that we are entitled to end somebody's life, no matter what that person has supposedly done or not done.
On my last day of shooting, I'd be happy to say 'Cut, it's a wrap' and fall off the twig.
I think Tom Paine is one of the greatest men that's ever lived.
I can't write, I can't paint, I don't compose.
I'm a passionate trade unionist.
I believe in trade unionism, and I believe in democracy, in democratic trade unionism.
If you are directing, you have the opportunity to put your signature on the bottom of the frame. You have the opportunity to say, "This is what I believe. That is my credo. That is what I wish to state."
I prefer fact to fiction.
Well, you cannot think of cinema now, and you cannot think of cinema in the UK and not place Chaplin in the most extraordinary elevated context, if there can be such a thing, in that he was a genius, he was unique.
And that is how I employ my time in cinema, saying things about people who I think have touched us in terms of our value judgement and by example.
What I am sad about is that there is now, in America, no equivalent to the art circuit.
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