But no one should have the right to manipulate my films in the first place.
But you know, as you say, the original versions of my films are getting out there, slowly.
Even in the former Soviet Union, they have good copies of my movies.
Every writer, to some extent, writes about himself.
I also don't like films that are made just to make money, no this kind of film I don't like.
I like films to have something inside, I don't mean a message, I mean something from the soul.
I like to watch many things, especially strange films and something recent, not just the story.
I want to do what I want when I want to do it not be dictated to by audiences.
I wanted to get back to my style of 20 years ago after a long period of exploring horror and fantasy themes.
I went through a phase where I thought nostalgia was a bad thing.
I'm very interested in portraying homosexual man and woman in my films because I'm interested in their lives and their problems.
I've been lucky enough to have had the luxury of being able to make the picture I've wanted to make each time on my own terms and without compromise.
I've never gone into analysis. But Freud opened a door, I know.
If you don't like my movies, don't watch them.
If you make a film normally it's all right, the distributors are helpful and cooperative. But if you make a film that's a little stange, a little bizarre, then all the time it's a struggle with them.
In each of my characters there is a little of me. Not strictly autobiographical but a little piece of my soul.
In Italy the censor is very old and there are many judges and psychiatrists who analyse you.
It irritated me that my fans kept wanting me to retread old ground.
It's incredible that they censor films. It's sad.
Maybe when I stop making movies, I'll understand my work better.
My life and career is my own adventure.
Paradise is too perfect for humanity.
So I haven't thought about the critics for a long time.
The Opera was a very cold film, a hopeless and dark film, no hope, no love.
The psychiatrists examine you and ask you about your life and work, and then they decide whether your film can be shown or not. It's a horrible experience.
Then I realized my early work did have something special that audiences adored apart from what I humbly thought about them. They occupy a distinguished niche in Italian film history and probably always will.
There's nothing gratuitous about my films.
To try and raise a budget for a film that is strictly for adults and both strong and graphic in content is not easy, especially when there is pressure to spend serious money on good special effects.
When I see a film I've finished, it's like another person made it. Like another mind.
When I was a teenager, I read a lot of Poe.
When I was five. That's when I started to love film.
Young girls of 13 or 12 are great actors.
Memorable Quotations: Filmmakers
Memorable Quotations: Italian Writers