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“It was like the classic scene in the movies where one lover is on the train and one is on the platform and the train starts to pull away, and the lover on the platform begins to trot along and then jog and then sprint and then gives up altogether as the train speeds irrevocably off. Except in this case I was all the parts: I was the lover on the platform, I was the lover on the train. And I was also the train.”

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source: A Gate at the Stairs (New York: Random House, 2009), 211.

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“I don’t storyboard. I guess it dates back to my days in live television, where there was no possibility of storyboarding and everything was shot right on the spot—on the air, as we say—at the moment we were transmitting. I prefer to be open to what the actors do, how they interact to the given situation. So many surprising things happen on the set, and I have the feeling that storyboarding might tend to close your mind to the accidental.”

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source: “Arthur Penn, Director of ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ Dies,” by David Kehr, The New York Times, September 29, 2010.

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“Movies can’t correct human injustice all by themselves, but they can show it, they can touch you while showing it, and they can seed ideas and wake up dormant minds. For a medium that began — pretty much in my early childhood — as a few flickering images on a nickelodeon machine, that’s pretty powerful stuff.”

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source: “Irving Ravetch, Screenwriter, Dies at 89,” by Bruce Weber, The New York Times, September 21, 2010.

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“The only screenplays that aren’t tampered with are the ones that aren’t made. Making a movie is an ensemble act. Writers are not authors out there. And scripts are not books. They’re blueprints. You work with others or you’re gone.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. I (New York: Picador, 2006), 398.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 138 of The Paris Review, 1996.

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