"…both are places for people to come together and share a common experience, and i believe there’s a spirituality in films, even if it’s not one which can supplant faith. i find that over the years many films address themselves to the spiritual side of man’s nature - from griffith’s film intolerance to john ford’s the grapes of wrath, to hitchcock’s vertigo, to kubrick’s 2001 and so many more. it’s as if movies answer an ancient quest for the common unconscious. they fulfill a spiritual need that people have to share a common memory.” - martin scorsese, a personal journey with martin scorsese through american movies
"…watching them brings to mind a comment made by john ford to a collaborator who was complaining about the miserable weather conditions in the desert when they were trying to shoot a picture. the guy said ‘look, mr. ford, what can we shoot out here?’ and ford replied, ‘what can we shoot? the most interesting and exciting thing in the whole world - a human face.’" - martin scorsese on john cassavetes’ films in a personal journey with martin scorsese through american movies
"…it was at once their cross and salvation. john’s approach was warm, embracing, focused on people. relationships were all he was interested in. the laughter and the games, the tears and the guilt; the whole roller coaster of love. cassavetes embodied the emergence of a new school of guerrilla filmmaking in new york. his films were literally made on the credit plan. john was fearless, a true renegade setting up one psychodrama after another with the complicity of a whole close group of actor friends. he insisted on having fun when making films while looking for some kind of truth. maybe even a revelation." - martin scorsese on john cassavetes in a personal journey with martin scorsese through american movies
"I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive."