To explore technology for me is something that I have to do. Otherwise, I feel completely left in the back... abandoned.
I remember being young in the 1960s... we had a great sense of the future, a great big hope. This is what is missing in the youth today. This being able to dream and to change the world.
I accept all interpretations of my films. The only reality is before the camera. Each film I make is kind of a return to poetry for me, or at least an attempt to create a poem.
The conformist understands that the reason of his desperate look for conformism is that he realises he is different and that he never accepted his difference.
For American filmmakers, the Oscars is like a mystic thing. For me, it was being in a mirror of my dreams when I was dreaming of Hollywood when I was an adolescent.
Sometimes you are in sync with the times, sometimes you are in advance, sometimes you are late.
I don't see my movies. I think it's healthier and safer to keep a bit of distance. I'm afraid to be disappointed.
What always made me proud - almost blushing with pride - is that Francis Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg all told me that 'The Conformist' is their first modern influence.
Although some people call me anti-feminist, I know I wasn't because Germaine Greer supported me.
I left the ending ambiguous, because that is the way life is.
The problem in Hollywood is that they try to become the only kind of cinema in the world, okay? The imposition everywhere of a unique culture, which is Hollywood culture, and a unique way of life, which is the American way of life.
I saw 'Avatar' and liked it very much. It was a great achievement.