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Kathryn Bigelow

Bigelow at the 82nd Academy Awards, 2010
Born Kathryn Ann Bigelow
(1951 -11-27) November 27, 1951 (age 65)
San Carlos, California, U.S.
Alma mater San Francisco Art Institute
Columbia University
Occupation Director, producer, writer
Years active 1978–present
Notable work The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Near Dark, Strange Days, Point Break
Spouse(s) James Cameron (1989–1991)

There's a conventional reaction when you see a star: You anticipate he'll be a part of a particular denouement down the road, so you don't worry for that character.
Kathryn Bigelow
The Communist regime didn't consider this to be a shining moment in history and assigned no heroism to it. They classified it as merely an accident.
Kathryn Bigelow
My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one.
The urge to purge the material I come up with is, I guess, an ongoing process.
Kathryn Bigelow
I don't believe in censorship in any form.
There should be more women directing; I think there's just not the awareness that it's really possible.
Kathryn Bigelow
My dad used to draw these great cartoon figures. His dream was being a cartoonist, but he never achieved it, and it kind of broke my heart. I think part of my interest in art had to do with his yearning for something he could never have.
Kathryn Bigelow
I realised that there's a more muscular approach to film-making that I found very inspiring.
Kathryn Bigelow
I really look for peak experiences and dramatic material that can allow peak experiences.
Kathryn Bigelow
On the other hand, I believe there's hope, because the breakdown and the repair are happening simultaneously.
Kathryn Bigelow
When James Cameron brought me the script, which I developed with both Cameron and Jay Cocks, I wanted to make it a thriller, an action film, but with a conscience, and I found that it had elements of social realism.
Kathryn Bigelow
One of the elements in the film that really fascinated me was not to look at the world in bi-polar terms of us vs them or east vs west, which was a by-product of the Cold War.
Kathryn Bigelow
The journey for women, no matter what venue it is – politics, business, film – it's, it's a long journey.
Kathryn Bigelow
Am I a 'woman of action'? I don't think of myself that way.
I'm drawn to provocative characters that find themselves in extreme situations. And I think I'm drawn to that consistently.
Kathryn Bigelow
I thrive on production. It feels very much like a natural environment for me.
Kathryn Bigelow
You never think the universe will reward your first choice – it just doesn't work like that.
Kathryn Bigelow
I don't want to be made pacified or made comfortable. I like stuff that gets your adrenaline going.
Kathryn Bigelow
I need to have my hands on the DNA of a film.
I don't do what I do to try and break a glass ceiling.
I think violence in a cinematic context can be, if handled in a certain way, very seductive.
Kathryn Bigelow
I do have to say I have been very fortunate.
Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization, but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.
Kathryn Bigelow
Cinema has the capacity to be so physiological.
Our film examines the heroism, courage and prowess of the Soviet submarine force in ways never seen before.
Kathryn Bigelow
I choose material instinctually – at the heart of it are characters that I feel are fresh and original, and allow for an opportunity to, I suppose, explore uncharted ground.
Kathryn Bigelow
I suppose I like to think of myself as a film-maker.
Character and emotionality don't always have to be relegated to quieter, more simple constructs.
Kathryn Bigelow
I don't know if I thrive in normal life.
I like to be strong.
I've always developed all my own pieces, and they're time-consumers.
Kathryn Bigelow
I did a pilot for Anything But Love in 1988 that didn't sell.
Perhaps the only thing in my favor is that I am very tenacious. I don't take 'no' very well.
Kathryn Bigelow
You have to disengage at some point in order to be fresh.
I can't stand outside myself and be anybody else.
There's really no difference between what I do and what a male filmmaker might do. I mean we all try to make our days, we all try to give the best performances we can, we try to make our budget, we try to make the best movie we possibly can.
Kathryn Bigelow
When I made my first film, I didn't think of it as directing, so it wasn't like I set out to become a director.
Kathryn Bigelow
Jordan is a very secular, Westernized country in some respects.
It's irrelevant who or what directed a movie; the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don't.
Kathryn Bigelow
I'm interested in social commentary.
When he brought it to me four years ago, Rodney King had just arrived, I was involved in the clean-up of L.A. and I guess it was part of my experience.
Kathryn Bigelow
For some individuals – some soldiers, some contractors – combat provides a kind of purpose and meaning beyond which all else potentially pales in comparison.
Kathryn Bigelow
If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.
Kathryn Bigelow
War's dirty little secret is that some men love it.
One should make morals judgements for oneself.
You only have so much money to shoot a movie with.
I'm definitely not drawn to shooting on a stage, I'm just not.
I'm drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there.
Kathryn Bigelow
Something becomes personal when it deviates from the norm.
I like high impact movies.
It's totally thrilling to direct.
What's most galvanizing for me is the opportunity to be topical and relevant and entertaining. That's the holy grail.
Kathryn Bigelow
I began to exercise a lot of cinematic muscle with the precepts I had learned in the New York art world. Film was intriguing. I began to think of art as elitist; film was not.
Kathryn Bigelow
Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognized film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people.
Kathryn Bigelow
My interest is to work in as uncompromised a way as possible.