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I always admired Stanley Kubrick for the fact that
by Joel Coen

I always admired Stanley Kubrick for the fact that
he managed to beat the system somehow.
I think he kind of had it all figured out.
- Joel Coen

I've never really understood that.
It's a funny thing; people sometimes accuse us of condescending
to our characters somehow-that to me is kind of inexplicable.
- Joel Coen

People that have been interested in our work for awhile...
those are the last people you want to disappoint.
- Joel Coen

Usually, I don't want to sit down and listen to the
director gas on about his movie.
I just can't actually imagine myself sitting down and having that much to say.
- Joel Coen

 

We create monsters and then we can't control them.
- Joel Coen

These things are hard to pin down.
We work on a script a bit, then work on a different one.
- Joel Coen

You're doing it to make the character as specific as possible,
so that it's a specific individual that you're talking about,
not that whole class of people.
- Joel Coen

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The question is: Where would it get you if something
that's a little bit ambiguous in the movie is made
clear? It doesn't get you anywhere.
- Joel Coen

We don't have any rules about how we depict violence,
or how much violence is in a movie.
It's a calibration on a case-by-case basis.
- Joel Coen

You see a moral in them? Do we have morals?
- Joel Coen

I couldn't have been happier with the relationship we had with Disney,
it couldn't have been easier.
- Joel Coen

It's almost like a genre rule: Don't Open The Box.
- Joel Coen

Maybe our telling of the story wasn't as clear as it should have been,
but I don't think that's true.
In terms of understanding the story,
it comes across.
- Joel Coen

We've been remarkably lucky in that we've been free
to make the movies we've wanted to make the way we've wanted to make them.
They've all been made for a price.
- Joel Coen

Maybe there should be less of a mystique around making movies.
I just don't think that there's any real mystery there.
- Joel Coen

If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge
yourself when handling it.
- Joel Coen

The architecture of a story can be a little bit different if it's a true story.
- Joel Coen

I guess it beats throwing trash for a living.
- Joel Coen

Barton Fink got written very quickly,
in about three weeks.
I don't know what that means.
- Joel Coen

I think when you watch the dailies, the film that you shoot every day,
you're very excited by it and very optimistic about how it's going to work.
- Joel Coen

When you do a writing job for a studio,
one of the things you want to do is satisfy the expectations of your employer.
That's a little bit different than when you sit down
and write something to satisfy yourself,
because then you're the employer.
- Joel Coen

Some people come out going, I don't get it.
And I don't quite know what they're trying to get,
what they're struggling for.
We have had the reaction where people leave the movie
sort of uncomfortable and befuddled.
Although that wasn't our intention.
- Joel Coen

And when you see it the first time you put the film together,
the roughest cut, is when you want to go home and open
up your veins and get in a warm tub and just go away.
And then it gradually, maybe, works its way back,
somewhere toward that spot you were at before.
- Joel Coen

The point at which we worked with some of these actors,
they weren't really stars yet.
Nicolas Cage was not a big star when we did Raising Arizona.
A lot of these people were also virtually unknown,
too, when we worked with them first.
- Joel Coen

I guess there's a certain amount of poking fun at certain characters,
but that's because there is something amusing about
them or about the way they behave,
so I guess you can say that that's poking fun at the character.
But the character is your own invention,
so who cares?
- Joel Coen

Other kinds of movie stars, it's a different thing,
they bring their persona to the part and that's what people like to see,
and they are not really transforming in terms of their character.
- Joel Coen

I'd be perfectly happy never to have to answer anything
again about how I work with Ethan,
or whether we have arguments, or...
you know what I mean? I've been answering those questions for 20 years.
I suppose it's interesting to people.
- Joel Coen

It's a funny thing because you look at the careers of other filmmakers,
and you see them sort of slow down, and you realize,
maybe this becomes harder to do as you get older.
That's sort of a cautionary thing.
I hope it doesn't happen to me.
- Joel Coen

The characters are the result of two things-first,
we elaborate them into fairly well-defined people through their dialogue,
then they happen all over again, when the actor interprets them.
- Joel Coen

When we do a movie with the studios,
they wouldn't be asking us to do it,
I don't think, if it was a movie they wanted to get into themselves.
What you see is what you get with us,
so they let us do what we want to do.
- Joel Coen

Our mother was a very religious and observant Jew,
our father less so.
She was kind of driving the religious education,
so for us it was more a burden and an obligation when
we were kids at that age.
- Joel Coen

You love all your characters, even the ridiculous ones.
You have to on some level; they're your weird creations in some kind of way.
I don't even know how you approach the process of conceiving
the characters if in a sense you hated them.
It's just absurd.
- Joel Coen

We have an uncanny ability to make birds do what we want them to do.
In Blood Simple there's a shot from the bumper of a
car and it's going up this road and a huge flock of
birds takes off at the perfect moment.
- Joel Coen

Sometimes, in certain stories, I think we know at the
outset essentially what the tone is going to be,
or it becomes important that we're groping toward some
kind of story with a certain kind of tone that we both get somehow.
But I don't think how that's combined with other elements
is ever in any way overtly discussed.
- Joel Coen

I guess everything having to do with your background
has some influence on how you tell stories but it's
hard to parse how growing up in a Jewish community
in Minnesota really affected it.
- Joel Coen

The concept of two people living together for 25 years
without a serious dispute suggests a lack of spirit
only to be admired in sheep.
- A. P. Herbert

I was reading a lot of books I admired,
and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I've studied a lot of great people over the years -
Pete Seeger,
James Brown - and tried to incorporate elements that I've admired,
though I can't say I dance like James.
- John Fogerty

In a spiritually sensitive culture, then,
it might well be that age is something to be admired or envied.
- Rowan D. Williams

Egotism is not a good quality.
It's not something to be admired or even tolerated.
It wouldn't be tolerated in a field commander and it
shouldn't be tolerated in a movie director.
- John Milius

The good things of prosperity are to be wished;
but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I always admired virtue - but I could never imitate it.
- Charles II

Few men have been admired of their familiars.
- Michel de Montaigne

Some guys are admired for coming to play,
as the saying goes.
I prefer those who come to kill.
- Leo Durocher

Men at a distance, who have admired our systems of
government unfounded in nature,
are apt to accuse the rulers, and say that taxes have
been assessed too high and collected too rigidly.
- Henry Knox

The person I have admired the most in comedy terms would be Eric Morecambe,
who is my total hero.
- Dawn French

There is something about poetry beyond prose logic,
there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired.
- Edward Young

Celerity is never more admired than by the negligent.
- Cleopatra

He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.
- Aeschylus

When I was young, I admired clever people.
Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

I always admired Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk -
but I don't know if I'd be a very convincing hulk.
- Lucy Liu

I admired what my students were writing,
but I think their improvement doesn't directly result
from me but from being in a class,
being with each other.
- Thom Gunn

A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.
- Edgar Watson Howe

The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and
to go on with one's life as if it were interminable.
I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when
he was dying of tuberculosis.
- Leon Edel

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a
man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Dickens is a very underrated writer at the moment.
Everyone in his time admired him but I think right
now he's not spoken of enough.
- Anne Rice

Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired.
He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed.
- Hugh Leonard

I got to sit down with people who I admired,
and have conversations with some of the greatest thinkers
and artists and performers.
It's a huge privilege for me to be a journalist.
- James Daly

I admired in others the strength that I lacked myself.
- Georg Brandes

The American work ethic is something to be admired.
Our workforce, regardless of position,
works hard to produce the best product and serve customers
to the best of their ability.
- Leonard Boswell

I've always admired President Chavez for standing up
to imperialism and the meddling of the American government in South America.
- Cindy Sheehan

Hill Street Blues gave me an opportunity to work with
an ensemble cast of people whose work I admired.
- Steven Bochco

The actors I would like to work with are Julia Roberts,
just because I've admired her work for a long time,
well Brad Pitt.
I think you know my reasons.
- Christina Milian

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.
- Jean Cocteau

I have always admired the work of Phil Farmer and was
glad for the chance to work with him.
Readers today may be too young to remember his classics like The Lovers.
- Piers Anthony

A desire to be observed, considered,
esteemed,
praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one
of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions
discovered in the heart of man.
- John Adams

I suppose when I started out I would have liked to
have been the darling of critics or something,
but everybody wants to be loved and admired.
- John Milius

The modest person is usually admired,
if people ever hear of them.
- Edgar Watson Howe

Now that I am much older, I have had a number of sax
players tell me I was responsible for them playing sax.
Some of them I have admired over the years.
- Clarence Clemons

I had admired Richard Burton for years and years before
I had ever worked with him.
He was a great, great actor.
It was a joy to get to know him as a person.
- Gale Gordon

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American,
courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
- Katharine Hepburn


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