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28 quotations by John Frankenheimer

QuoteYou have to really work with someone who you think is going to be a collaborator, who you think understands what you want to do with this movie and how you want to do it.Quote

QuoteTo do that I try and keep myself in pretty good shape physically and I try to lead my life in such a way that I'll be able to be as strong at the end of the movie as I am in the beginning.Quote

QuoteThere are two things I will never do in my life. I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer again. There isn't enough money in the world.Quote

QuoteThen I usually leave the choice of the second assistant director and any other assistant directors to the first assistant director, who will choose because he or she is responsible for the conduct and the efficiency of the second assistant directors.Quote

QuoteThe importance of the assistant director cannot be overemphasized.Quote

QuoteThe first thing is that we're being attacked by both the Writers Guild and the Producers Guild. Both of these groups are trying to diminish the importance and strength of the director. They're trying to do it through both frontal and side attacks.Quote

QuoteThe first thing I can really tell you is I really love the work.Quote

QuoteThe first assistant director runs the set. The whole mood of the movie, the whole tenor of the set comes off that person, and it's just a critical choice.Quote

QuoteThe first assistant director is just so important that the choice of that person is critical to the movie.Quote

QuoteThe accolades usually come when you're dead or too old to get a job.Quote

QuoteSo I've had really great assistant directors for my last seven movies.Quote

QuoteSnow - it is what it is. You just work through it. And you take advantage of it when you have it, make it work for you and for the picture.Quote

QuoteOne of the other things I think that I've been able to do in my life, is to listen well.Quote

QuoteOne of the first lessons you learn as an actor is to listen.Quote

QuoteIt's very eclectic, the way one chooses subjects in the movie business, especially in the commercial movie business. You need to develop material yourself or material is presented to you as an assignment to direct.Quote

QuoteIf you don't cast well, you can be in real trouble.Quote

QuoteIf you cast the picture correctly, you have a whole lot of leeway. You can make mistakes in other aspects but pull it off with the right actors.Quote

QuoteI think I've made some pretty decent films in the '80s and '90s.Quote

QuoteI think all great actors - and I don't classify myself as one of them, incidentally - but I think all great actors listen well and I've learned that from a lot of the very good actors with whom I've worked - to really listen to what people say.Quote

QuoteI sought Ben Affleck because I needed an everyman for this role. Ben appeals to men and women. He gives you a sense of intelligence, the notion of a guy who can think on his feet.Quote

QuoteI mean, this whole digital revolution is really eroding the director's importance on a movie because, number one, just from a practical standpoint, with floppy disks and the ability to put all of the film onto a disk, more people have access to the movie.Quote

QuoteI have gotten to a point in my life where I don't want to have dinner with someone I don't like.Quote

QuoteI feel that my job is to create an atmosphere where creative people can do their best work.Quote

QuoteFirst, speaking for myself, I don't want to ever be in a position where I'm telling other directors how to make movies, because I don't think it's any of my business.Quote

QuoteBut I really am very active in the choice of the line producer with the producer of record and the distributing company, because I've had some terrible, terrible experiences with some line producers, particularly in cable.Quote

QuoteBut I don't have any great secrets for anybody, you know, I really don't. I don't do anything that lots of other people don't do.Quote

QuoteAnd in Hollywood, you know, everyone is an expert. Most of them are expert editors. They can't direct, they can't write, they can't act, but, by God, they all think they can edit.Quote

QuoteAnd I kind of feel that I have a responsibility to the people that invest their time and money with me to show up on the set every day and do the best of which I am capable.Quote