Alfonso Cuaron quotes

  • It's a cliche, but Americans are puritanical. In their movies, they are scared of sex, but they overindulge in violence. I could have cut a G-rated version of 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' that would have pleased the American ratings board, but it would have been five minutes long.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Sex #Cutting #Long

  • As a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. And my own passion was that I wanted to be a film director. I realized that being an astronaut was not going to be an option, so I said, "Well, I'm going to be a director and do films in space."
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Passion #Kids #Space

  • Historically, there is a fight between the sound designer and the composer. You see them in the mixing room and they're always fighting because the composer wants the music to be heard and the sound designer wants the sound to be heard.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Fighting #Mixing #Sound

  • You can write a whole fiction, and you're talking to people who have gone through that, in real life. But the truth of it is that when you're talking to those people, you don't care about your movie anymore. You just want to hear about what they have gone through. You want all of the details. It's amazing.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Real #Writing #Talking

  • What's the point of being an Australian guy traveling through India if you are going to go to India to meet other Australians?
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Guy #India

  • Y Tu Mama Tambien' is one of the first unrated movies to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. But many video stores won't take a movie that's not rated, so I had to make the movie an R.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Awards #Video #Firsts

  • I'm interested in new worlds, new universes, new challenges. I always said the only reason to make a film is not for the result but for what you learn for the next one.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Challenges #Next #World

  • I left Mexico for artistic survival. If I had stayed, I would have been forced by the government, who control the movie business, to direct TV shows or commercials or infomercials for the government.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Tv Shows #Government #Survival

  • I produce the way I would love to be produced: In ways to create the best conditions to make your movie, but also to create a space in which the director calls the shots.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Space #Directors #Way

  • I think it is something that is so important, to be very aware of the direction in which the 21st century is going with all this blind faith in democracy. And by the way, I am not against democracy - I am against the blind faith that is being put in democracy.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Thinking #Democracy #Important

  • I used to be very controlling with visuals and editing, and I would pretty much craft the performances; now I have learned to trust the material and the actors.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Editing #Crafts #Actors

  • I was not aware of how much I loved 'Canoa' until I saw it after doing 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' and realized that my voice - over about the story's historical context - that narrator - came from 'Canoa'.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Voice #Historical #Mama

  • Cautionary tales were fantastic in the '70s.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Fantastic #Cautionary Tales #Tales

  • The two real leads in 'Children of Men' are Clive Owen and the social environment. You know, this same movie without the social environment maybe is just like a generic chase movie.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Children #Real #Men

  • When you strip hope from people, it leaves a void, and that void needs to be filled. And very likely, that void is going to be filled by an ideology... Hope and faith are so connected. Now, when ideology connects with faith, the ideology becomes an item of faith, not a point of discussion.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #People #Needs #Void

  • I learned there's an amazing unexplored territory in terms of narrative. Before, I thought the unexplored territory was the form, the way you shoot a movie. Now, I'm learning about the beautiful marriage between form and narrative.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Beautiful #Narrative #Territory

  • I have to say, 'Gravity' is better in 3-D, even though in 2-D the quality of the picture is better. But the 3-D is better.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Quality #Gravity

  • I guess I have a short attention span! I'm interested in new worlds, new universes, new challenges.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Challenges #Attention #World

  • When you work with kids, people tell you to be very delicate, but that's the last thing you should do with kids. They feel patronized if you're like that. They just want you to be normal.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Kids #People #Normal

  • The amazing thing is that the more money it takes for a movie to get made, the more you feel like everybody wants you to fail.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Want #Failing #Made

  • If I would rescue one of my movies, it would be 'A Little Princess.'
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Princess #Would Be #Littles

  • I have this thing that, once I finish a movie, I never see it again.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

  • I have my misgivings about 3-D. I don't like the lack of blacks and whites, how it dulls the image, how the color gets corrupted. I don't necessarily like the experience of having heavy glasses in front of me.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Glasses #Color #Misgivings

  • A lot of the films I like are more than fantasies - they're movies fascinated by the technology of space exploration, and they try to honor the laws of physics. I watched the Gregory Peck movie 'Marooned' over and over when I was a kid.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Kids #Technology #Space

  • I love L.A. I always have such a great time in L.A. The way I kind of define me and L.A. is the noise of the factory doesn't let me sleep well.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Sleep #Noise #Way

  • I have to confess that I don't read much of what is written about me.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

  • The only reason you make a movie is not to make or set out to do a good or a bad movie, it's just to see what you learn for the next one.
    -- Alfonso Cuaron

    #Next #The Next One #Reason