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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Abel Ferrara


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.

Abel Ferrara


Most filmmaking is about shaking hands and just starting

Abel Ferrara


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.

Abel Ferrara


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?

Abel Ferrara


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

Abel Ferrara


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.

Abel Ferrara


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

Abel Ferrara


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.

Abel Ferrara


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.

Abel Ferrara


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

Abel Ferrara


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.'

Abel Ferrara


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.

Abel Ferrara