Barry Levinson Quotes


I'm thinking this is Robert Redford. You know he's won an Academy Award he's talking to me about directing a movie he's in. So you just think that it's Hollywood stuff or whatever.

I got a chance to work with Mel Brooks on two of his films: Silent Movie and High Anxiety.

I got involved with an acting school and studied for a couple years. They used to have improv exercises that you would work on and you would do improvs.

First of all just to get Diner made would have been an achievement in that I got a chance to direct.

It's always hard to explain why an audience ultimately responds to a movie.

When I began to think about the head of the family the storyteller the rise of television which became the new storyteller the break-up of the American family as an idea and then Avalon came.

I do know when you look at some ballplayer and all of a sudden he is the size of a truck something is wrong.

I always think that there is the good and the bad of it all.

A lot of time mistakes are very interesting - you look for the behaviour that's not the one you expect.

I never really wanted to be an actor. And that was the beginning of it I began to write things down and eventually became a writer on a television show.

You have a movie and it proves itself and then certain things happen.

Even back in the '90s I shot certain things on something that wasn't digital then but it was on VHS with a smaller camera and we would up it to film.

You don't always have to have the ending but you want to have a satisfactory conclusion.

Craig Nelson who is an actor and is in a show called Coach in the United States. We began to do some improvisational stuff and we used to get laughs and things.

I'm fascinated by documentaries to begin with. Because of the nature of television as opposed to theatrical documentaries can be in this long form and take you on a journey.

I think it's a promising time which will show a lot of diversification that we've seen in the past.

There's no downside to having too much experience.

Some actors are supposed to be very difficult but I've not found that to be the situation.

As soon as digital editing came about I immediately made the switch to digital.

They're intimidating the networks and levying these fines so the networks are not sure of what they can or can't do.

I worked at a local television station and I got a chance to direct and do all those things - worked kiddie shows Ranger House show with the hand puppets and things like that.

I think certain movies work and that is part of the magic of it all. We can't truly define why something succeeds.