Abel Ferrara Quotes

Abel Ferrara (born July 19, 1951) is an American filmmaker, known for the provocative and often controversial content in his films, his use of neo-noir imagery and gritty urban settings. A long-time independent filmmaker, some of his best known films include Ms. 45 (1981), King of New York (1990), Bad Lieutenant (1992) and The Funeral (1996)

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Mulberry Street was the beating heart of the Italian-American experience, but you don't find those gangsters now. I live with a bunch of yuppies and models.

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Most filmmaking is about shaking hands and just starting

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I grew up in the '60s, which was a creative time, so it wasn't that big of a stretch to go from a baseball bat to a guitar to a film camera.

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As an old-time New Yorker, it's not that I miss the '70s and '80s or whatever. I miss the fact that there was a certain kind of energy that exists when people can live for nothing.

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Life is what happens when you're doing other things, right?

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The last day of your life is still going to be a day.

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It's funny, the hardest thing to do is to make something look like it's fast, loose and improvised, and get somebody to laugh.

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That's the thing about making a movie: You never finish editing. They just take it away from you.

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The world is constantly changing. You're constantly learning and you have to be willing to get off your mark, and get off your spot and take that knowledge you have not to fix yourself into a place but to keep going.

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The more you get into any religion, it becomes the same. It really becomes how you treat other people and how you get outside yourself. How you look to help other people, and how you get out of this 'I, me, mine' type of thing.

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I grew up in the Bronx. I'm into rap music.

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Certain actors wanna get paid, they think working in a low-budget movie is being ripped off. But for others it's like, 'Yes, let's do it.'

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Making money is not gonna change anything about what I am, except I won't answer the door.

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Listen, anybody who has a film festival has the right to show what they want.

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My life is proof that I don't need you to do what I do. If there's no one to see it, I'll watch it.

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