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Born: 1967-03-29
Profession: Director
Nation: French
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I think we are at the very beginning of high changes, not only in terms of digital film, but in the way the movies will be screened, whether they'll be screened on phones, on computers - on everything.

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I thought 'The Artist' was a perfect way to find a good balance. The artistic challenge is obvious because the film is black-and-white and its silent, but I did my best to make the movie accessible and easy to watch. I really don't want to make elitist movies. I really try hard to work for the audience. Audiences are smart. They get everything.

Tags: Best, Good, Work

I try to respect the rules of the silent movies and I tried to make signification to make sense, and also the crew were very good and the fact that we shot in LA in the real Hollywood, studios and houses. We shot in the bed of Mary Pickford, and you cannot be any more accurate than that, so that helped a lot.

Tags: Good, Movies, Respect

I watched a lot of silent directors who were absolutely great like John Ford and Fritz Lang, Tod Browning, and also some very modern directors like The Coen Brothers. The directors take the freedom within their own movies to be melodramatic or funny when they chose to be. They do whatever they want and they don't care about the genre.

Tags: Freedom, Funny, Great

If you try to make a silent movie with a normal script and you just pull out the dialogue, you will have big problems with the actors because you will ask them to tell a story that you don't know.

Tags: Big, Problems, Try

It's about storytelling. The story is told through images. So with the cast, I had to make sure that the emotions were readable without sound... I know some great actors, if you turn off the sound, you don't really know what they're saying.

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It's just incredible. When you're French, coming from a non-English language country, you don't even dream about Oscar recognition or nominations. It's just beyond the dream. It's something very, very special and unique. It's the highest recognition any filmmaker could dream of.

Tags: Country, Dream, Special

Sometimes when an actor says something almost perfect, but you know you have to edit it, if you tell them to change something immediately, it will come out great.

Tags: Change, Great, Perfect

The fact that I made a special movie with an old-fashioned style - even if it's a mix between with modern and old-fashioned things - must mean I feel both ways about change. In a way I'm resisting, but in a way adapting myself to the times.

Tags: Change, Mean, Special

This is the problem with language, and this is what makes silent movies fun, because the connection with them, me or the audience is not with the language. There's no question of interpretation of what we are saying it's just about feeling. You create your own story.

Tags: Feeling, Fun, Movies

When you do not have the dialogue to explain things, you will use everything to show and to tell the story. I think that this is what makes you believe that it is impeccable.

Tags: Makes, Show, Tell

When you look at the early-'30s movies, like King Kong, the codes of acting are very similar to those of silent movies. In some of the silent movies - the good ones, the ones done by the best directors - the acting is very, very natural.

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When you're with your wife, you don't say I love you to your wife every day but the ways you look at her and your actions are another way to communicate. Don't focus on dialogue, only focus on what you're expressing.

Tags: Focus, Love, Wife

To me the recognition of the audience is part of the filmmaking process. When you make a movie, it's for them.

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I only have one obsession - not to be boring.

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An idea is something you work on to make it work and a desire is much deeper in a way.

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Bernard Herrmann was a genius, a great, great composer.

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But I don't think of myself as a foreigner or a Frenchman! I just think of myself as a director.

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But sometimes I think you have to try to do things that people don't think are doable.

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French cinema audiences usually don't express anything. Certainly not satisfaction.

Tags: Cinema, Express, French

French people are strange about America, I think.

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Hollywood is much more than America. Hollywood belongs to all of the planet.

Tags: America, Hollywood, Planet

I am unusual for a Frenchman - I have absolutely nothing against the United States.

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I love silent cinema but don't hold it sacred. Like any branch of film there are some very boring films alongside the masterpieces.

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I make almost all the decisions on set and have to deal with all the financial aspects.

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I think being a foreigner and talking about Hollywood allowed me to use some cliches and some references that an American would maybe not use.

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I'm very happy in France making movies.

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Maybe I've seen more Hollywood movies than French movies.

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Robert DeNiro, who may be the greatest living actor, usually acts in a way which is very stone-faced, like Steve McQueen.

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Sure, I watched a lot of Hollywood movies. Maybe I've seen more Hollywood movies than French movies.

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There's always been a struggle with filmmakers between art and industry, and you have to find a balance.

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When we were making the movie, winning awards for it wasn't the point at all. We didn't even have an American distributor.

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When you speak of silent movies, everyone thinks of Charlie Chaplin first.

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Actually, I met a lot of directors and most of them have that fantasy to make a silent movie because for directors it's the purest way to tell a story. It's about creating images that tell a story and you don't need dialogue for that.

Tags: Silent, Story, Tell

But I don't think of myself as a foreigner or a Frenchman! I just think of myself as a director. Whether I'm French or Australian or whatever, it's really not important.

Tags: Director, Whatever, Whether

I always loved silent movies. I was not a specialist, but I loved them. And when I started directing, I became really fascinated by the format - how it works, the device of the silent movie.

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I always loved silent movies. I was not a specialist, but I loved them. And when I started directing, I became really fascinated by the format - how it works, the device of the silent movie. It's not the same form of expression as a talkie. The lack of sounds makes you participate in the storytelling.

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Being honest with the public is how they respect you.

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Living in New York, you get a lot of confidence; when I go back to Michigan, I realise how obnoxious and demanding and straightforward I am.

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Guys pit female rappers against each other because female rappers - if you haven't noticed of late - are a lot more interesting than guys.

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I can choose to be happy, or choose to be miserable every day - waiting until I die.

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I can't really even name a person I like in hip-hop music.

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I don't even really like rap music.

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I don't know, I feel like as time has gone on, hip-hop has become really redundant and repetitive.

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I like The Smiths - I would love to do a song with The Smiths, because they are so sonically different.

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I love rock women.

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I love to listen to books on tape.

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I think of religion as something that stains the person. It's a mindset you can never get free from, it's always in the back of your head.

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I want to be an artist you cannot categorize at all. You can't put a box around me. You can't put anything around me.

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I was going to go to school to become a neurological surgeon.

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Love is boundary-less.

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There's a huge difference between who I am when I make music and who I am the rest of the time.

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True artistic expression lies in conveying emotion.

Tags: Emotion, Lies, True

I have this desire to have this immaculate form of love that really doesn't exist, so my obsession goes on through life and I never find it and I end up miserable. But it makes me a better writer.

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I put everyone in my school on to Nicki Minaj before she blew up. I was obsessed with her and I was like, 'If she's the best female rapper then I've got to be better than her.'

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