Kathryn Bigelow - Quotes

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I'm drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there. ---->>>

If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.

If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.

For some individuals - some soldiers, some contractors - combat provides a kind of purpose and meaning beyond which all else potentially pales in comparison. ---->>>

On the other hand, I believe there's hope, because the breakdown and the repair are happening simultaneously. ---->>>

I like to be strong. ---->>>

I don't want to be made pacified or made comfortable. I like stuff that gets your adrenaline going. ---->>>

Our film examines the heroism, courage and prowess of the Soviet submarine force in ways never seen before.

Our film examines the heroism, courage and prowess of the Soviet submarine force in ways never seen before.

Perhaps the only thing in my favor is that I am very tenacious. I don't take 'no' very well. ---->>>

The urge to purge the material I come up with is, I guess, an ongoing process. ---->>>

My dad used to draw these great cartoon figures. His dream was being a cartoonist, but he never achieved it, and it kind of broke my heart. I think part of my interest in art had to do with his yearning for something he could never have. ---->>>

Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization, but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding. ---->>>

One should make morals judgements for oneself. ---->>>

There's really no difference between what I do and what a male filmmaker might do. I mean we all try to make our days, we all try to give the best performances we can, we try to make our budget, we try to make the best movie we possibly can. ---->>>

I need to have my hands on the DNA of a film. ---->>>

I'm drawn to provocative characters that find themselves in extreme situations. And I think I'm drawn to that consistently. ---->>>

There should be more women directing; I think there's just not the awareness that it's really possible. ---->>>

I do have to say I have been very fortunate. ---->>>

I don't believe in censorship in any form. ---->>>

Something becomes personal when it deviates from the norm. ---->>>

I think violence in a cinematic context can be, if handled in a certain way, very seductive. ---->>>

I thrive on production. It feels very much like a natural environment for me. ---->>>

The journey for women, no matter what venue it is - politics, business, film - it's, it's a long journey. ---->>>

War's dirty little secret is that some men love it. ---->>>

I choose material instinctually - at the heart of it are characters that I feel are fresh and original, and allow for an opportunity to, I suppose, explore uncharted ground. ---->>>

There's a conventional reaction when you see a star: You anticipate he'll be a part of a particular denouement down the road, so you don't worry for that character. ---->>>

One of the elements in the film that really fascinated me was not to look at the world in bi-polar terms of us vs them or east vs west, which was a by-product of the Cold War. ---->>>

What's most galvanizing for me is the opportunity to be topical and relevant and entertaining. That's the holy grail. ---->>>

I don't know if I thrive in normal life. ---->>>

I like high impact movies. ---->>>

I began to exercise a lot of cinematic muscle with the precepts I had learned in the New York art world. Film was intriguing. I began to think of art as elitist; film was not. ---->>>

Character and emotionality don't always have to be relegated to quieter, more simple constructs. ---->>>

Am I a 'woman of action'? I don't think of myself that way. ---->>>

Cinema has the capacity to be so physiological. ---->>>

I really look for peak experiences and dramatic material that can allow peak experiences. ---->>>

The Communist regime didn't consider this to be a shining moment in history and assigned no heroism to it. They classified it as merely an accident. ---->>>

I did a pilot for Anything But Love in 1988 that didn't sell. ---->>>

I don't do what I do to try and break a glass ceiling. ---->>>

I realised that there's a more muscular approach to film-making that I found very inspiring. ---->>>

I suppose I like to think of myself as a film-maker. ---->>>

I'm definitely not drawn to shooting on a stage, I'm just not. ---->>>

I'm interested in social commentary. ---->>>

You only have so much money to shoot a movie with. ---->>>

Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognized film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people. ---->>>

I can't stand outside myself and be anybody else. ---->>>

I've always developed all my own pieces, and they're time-consumers. ---->>>

It's irrelevant who or what directed a movie; the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don't. ---->>>

It's totally thrilling to direct. ---->>>

Jordan is a very secular, Westernized country in some respects. ---->>>

My interest is to work in as uncompromised a way as possible. ---->>>

My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one. ---->>>

When I made my first film, I didn't think of it as directing, so it wasn't like I set out to become a director. ---->>>

You have to disengage at some point in order to be fresh. ---->>>

You never think the universe will reward your first choice - it just doesn't work like that. ---->>>

When he brought it to me four years ago, Rodney King had just arrived, I was involved in the clean-up of L.A. and I guess it was part of my experience. ---->>>

When James Cameron brought me the script, which I developed with both Cameron and Jay Cocks, I wanted to make it a thriller, an action film, but with a conscience, and I found that it had elements of social realism. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 11-27, 1952
Birthplace: San Carlos, California, U.S.
Occupation: Director

Kathryn Ann Bigelow (; born November 27, 1951) is an American film director, producer, and writer. Her films include the vampire Western horror film Near Dark (1987), the action crime film Point Break (1991), the science fiction action thriller Strange Days (1995), the mystery thriller The Weight of Water (2000), the submarine thriller K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), the war film The Hurt Locker (2009), the action thriller war film Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and the short film Last Days of Ivory (2014) (wikipedia)