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

I became a loner. I became a mountain man. A lot of those things are very good qualities and they help you do your work, help you be singular and keep the artistic integrity of your work intact, but they don't make it very easy to live your life. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

Matter of fact, the style that people use today, I invented in a way. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

The filmmakers always have a great level of control. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Yeah, I think that's it... It's like Jesse James. He became really popular because he lasted so long. You know, there is some degree of truth to the fact that time will dignify anything, too. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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 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. ---->>>

Everybody's a filmmaker today.

Everybody's a filmmaker today.

I've always been able to survive by writing, though. ---->>>

I find that screenwriting is at best kind of a hackwork in some ways. ---->>>

I've always had trouble with authority. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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

Most artists think they're frauds anyway. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 04-11, 1944
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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Occupation: Director
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John Frederick Milius (born April 11, 1944) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures. He was one of the writers for the first two Dirty Harry films, received an Academy Award nomination as screenwriter of Apocalypse Now, and wrote and directed The Wind and the Lion, Conan the Barbarian and Red Dawn (wikipedia)