Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Quotes

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'21 Grams' is only one story told by three different points of view, but they are really physically connected - literally, with the heart.
— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

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'Amores Perros' is rock, '21 Grams' is jazz, 'Babel' is an opera, and 'Biutiful' is a requiem.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

'Amores Perros' is three stories that interconnect in one moment, which is the car accident.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

'Babel' is about the point of view of others. It literally includes points of views as experienced from the other side. It is not about a hero. It is not about only one country. It is a prism that allows us to see the same reality from different angles.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

'Birdman' came from a very beautiful side of me, from a part of honesty and surrender about things.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

'Biutiful' is a tough film. It doesn't make concessions to the vulgarity of light entertainment. It's not the kind of film that you see every day in the Cineplex. But as an artist, it's the thing that I needed to do.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

'Biutiful' is not about death. It's about life. It's a hymn to life.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

'Ikiru' is existential but with a lot of tenderness.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

'Russian Ark,' I adore - I almost cried at the end of that film, it's so beautiful.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

3D is the way we experience life.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Actors are exposed in a way that nobody else can understand. They are subject to the likes and dislikes of people their entire life, no matter how successful they are. At the same time, in order to be liked, you have to not be yourself. So it's a very complicated human exercise - an alchemy that I have never understood.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

All of us want something in life, all of us have flaws, and all of us have strengths. So, I always try to discover those things in a character and then try to expose it in one way or another.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Always when you are doing films, the themes swallow you in one way or another.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Americans easily forget that the air they breathe is the same as those in Europe or Africa or Asia; it's the same air as Jesus breathed. I would like them to remember that connection.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Antonio Sanchez is from Mexico City. I met him at a Pat Metheny concert. He did a solo, and I thought, 'This is an octopus man!'

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

As a city, it is always compelling. But every day in Mexico City, I give thanks that I am alive.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

As a Third World citizen, I always feel that I need to express my point of view. Sometimes the points of view of Third World countries are never expressed. We don't have that possibility, sometimes, to spread what we feel and how we see things.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

As the camera, I try to subordinate every word to be truthful and honest to each character's context.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

At a very young age, I was influenced enormously by Julio Cortazar or Carlos Fuentes. In that literature, there's always an exploration of different perspectives, points of view.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Cannes or any other major festival is basically an animal in its own nature, creating very specific perceptions of films in a moment.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Cinema is an infinite medium, so we should take advantage of it, I think.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Cinema is universal, beyond flags and borders and passports.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Directing non-actors is difficult. Directing actors in a foreign language is even more difficult. Directing non-actors in a language that you yourself don't understand is the craziest thing you can possibly think of.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Do you know the phrase, 'The word 'water' will not wet you?' It's one thing to write down an idea and another thing entirely to execute it.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Everybody is looking for validation, no matter who you are, and I think that's a need of the human condition - to look for affection or recognition or validation.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Everyone's terrified of being mediocre. Everyone wants to be special.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Fear of the unknown is a great creative partner.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Filmmaking can give you everything, but at the same time, it can take everything from you.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Films like 'Babel' can transcend the one point-of-view formula that has reigned for so long.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

For me, the most important thing that I have to accomplish is to be a good father. That's the most difficult challenge of my life. That's the most important thing for me, more than films.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

For the actors, the talent is to serve the demands that I ask of them, to do it with naturality and truth, and to be honest when we were terrified.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Freedom comes with a lot of responsibility. When you are by yourself, you have to develop a third eye.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

From the time we open our eyes, we live in a Steadicam form, and the only editing is when we talk about our lives or remember things.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Good directors don't answer questions with their work. They generate debate and create discussion.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I always have considered Michael Keaton to be a phenomenal actor because he navigates drama and comedy.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I am not a depressive person at all, but I reflect a lot on my life, and life in general, from the perspective of death.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I am not a depressive person at all.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I began to learn about the camera and the actors. That gave me a lot of the skills. At the same time, advertising gives you a lot of vices, for example, an obsession for a superficial look, but at the same time, it gives you the capacity to synthesize the story - tell a story in one minute.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I can be unbearable sometimes asking for so many takes.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I can't understand the conditions of a corporate product being designed and getting millions. I admire it, it's great, but I don't know how to do that. I have to have the wheel.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I define myself from a vision, from a point of view of life.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I didn't have a normal academic career. I never studied cinema. I learned from life.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I do think that the emotional weight of 'Biutiful' has blinded some viewers to the beauty and complexity of the film.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I don't have a career. I have a life.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I don't know if I have a career or not, or where it ends or it begins. I have been working, doing what I do for a long time. But my creative process has always been so tortuous.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I don't like the ironic tone that our pop culture, in the world, has taken. Everything is 'ironic.' Everything is 'cool.'

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have a bad reputation, I guess.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have a lot of what you might call creative self-loathing - I have pretty high expectations, and they seem to consistently be higher than what I'm able to accomplish.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have a notebook, and I know what decisions will be made in pre-production. Everything is pre-determined in the pre-production period. I visually design the whole thing, and I know when things will happen.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have ADD. I can't pay attention to one thing too long.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

'21 Grams' is only one story told by three different points of view, but they are really physically connected - literally, with the heart.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu