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John Milius
April 11, 1944 -
Nationality: American
Category: Director
Subcategory: American Director

Also, they don't understand - writing is language. The use of language. The language to create image, the language to create drama. It requires a skill of learning how to use language.


I think Francis at half form is better than anybody else by 50%, you know? I think it's just that he has never... he has a late pick of the things that are ambitious enough for him.


I hardly said a word to my wife until I said 'yes' to divorce.


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.


'm a general, I do something. I go out and fight wars and win them.


A lot of directors don't know what they want to do. Every director I've seen that was a good director that I've admired knew exactly what he wanted to do. They didn't sit there and think about it.


You know, I find it very strange when movies that I made that were just excoriated - I mean that I was just vilified for - are now looked at as classics.


Most of the good executives do pretty well. Because to be a good executive you have to be strong, and you have to have a simple attribute that people have forgotten about - courage.


Most artists think they're frauds anyway.


You never know when you're going to be considered un-hip... The people that really pass judgment on you really have nothing to do with what you do, usually.


I also thought of myself as the Sonny Barger of the film industry.


There is a certain kind of respect for authenticity today that there wasn't back in the days when they did 'Cleopatra,' where everything looked like a giant motel. People want to have it be authentic in the look, and authentic in the way people behave.


I've always had trouble with authority.


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.


No, you're either born a writer, a storyteller, or you're not.


I felt that the Star Wars series became very pretentious as time went on. Just heavy and leaden.


A lot of people thought of me as a threat to Western civilization.


Writing requires a great deal of skill, just like painting does. People don't want to learn those skills.


Yeah, there's absolutely. I mean, remember when The Searchers came out, it was a relatively big hit for a Western, and I think it made 5 million bucks - I don't even think it made that.


Films are always pretentious. There's nothing more pretentious than a filmmaker.


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