Quotes by: Francis Ford Coppola
Most filmmakers can't afford to try something out that doesn't work.
I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
I was raised as a Catholic, but I didn't like the Catholic Church at all. I thought the nuns were mean.
'Godfather' was very classical - the way it was shot, the style - the whole driving force of it was more classical, almost Shakespearean.
My big goal in life was always to figure out how I can make a lot of money so I can go off and make films irrespective of the opinion of the three or four critics who seem to rule the roost.
Some critics are stimulating in that they make you realise how you could do better, and those are valued.
The stuff that I got in trouble for, the casting for The Godfather or the flag scene in Patton, was the stuff that was remembered, and was considered the good work.
My family were symphonic musicians and in the opera. Also, it was my era, the love of radio. We used to listen to the radio at night, close our eyes and see movies far more beautiful than you can photograph.
You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you'll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.
I used to love going into local hardware stores, to look at little things they made locally. Nowadays it's harder, though you can still do it in Vietnam.
When I was 13, I worked for Western Union. When the telegrams came in, I would glue them on the paper and deliver them on my bicycle.
I had been a kid that moved so much, I didn't have a lot of friends. Theater really represented camaraderie.
If I have to be remembered for something, I want it remembered that I really liked children and was a good camp counselor.
I remember growing up with television, from the time it was just a test pattern, with maybe a little bit of programming once in a while.
I wanted to be a film student again, as a man in my 60s. To go someplace alone and see what you can cook up, with non-existent budgets. I didn't want to be surrounded by comforts and colleagues, which you have when when you're a big time director. I wanted to write personal works.
That's part of the requirement for me to be an artist is that you're trying to share your personal existence with others and trying to illuminate modern life, trying to understand life.
The most adventurous thing I've done is learn how to fly a helicopter in the Philippines. One night we landed on a beach and slept on it.
I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn't speak any Russian. He didn't care whether I could understand what they were saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue.
I'm no longer dependent on the movie business to make a living. So if I want to make movies as other old guys would play golf, I can.
Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful.
Movie-wise, there is nothing I wouldn't do again. It's not possible to make one perfect movie every time.
I was the kind of kid that had some talents or ability, but it never came out in school.
I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.