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You have to be very focused about the music that you have inside. — Alfonso Cuaron

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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

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I knew early on that I was a nerd and that films were my refuge. Those first few minutes before the lights went off, and you're alone in the theater waiting, were really pleasurable. — Alfonso Cuaron

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If you want to keep on being relevant as a director, I think you have to embrace the times. And with the times come technologies and formats. — Alfonso Cuaron

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

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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

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This is the thing I have with awards: If awards would make your movie more pretty, I would really get super excited about it. But your movie's done. You get awards, you don't get awards ... They don't make your movie more ugly or pretty. — Alfonso Cuaron

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I believe that human beings are born first and given passports later. I'm really thankful for my journey. And it's a journey I didn't design. — Alfonso Cuaron

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There are fewer established rules in the way you tell a story for commercials than in features. It's a great little short story you get to play with. — Alfonso Cuaron

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Once I finish a film, I don't ever see it again. Never ever. I have never seen any of my films since I finished them. — Alfonso Cuaron

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Story is important but the most important is the theme and how you're going to convey theme cinematically. I'm a believer also — Alfonso Cuaron

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It's seldom that you find great moments in television. Usually you remember - in 'Breaking Bad' or any of these other great shows - you remember situations or characters. Not moments. But I have to say, I can make the same argument for mainstream movies, which have bad narratives and also no memorable moments. — Alfonso Cuaron

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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

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I understand the bad rap that 3-D is getting because the conversions are crappy and because the films aren't designed for 3-D. It's a completely different medium. — Alfonso Cuaron

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Freedome and responsibility is the same thing. — Alfonso Cuaron

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When you're doing a film, narrative is your most important tool, but it's a tool to create a cinematographic experience, to create those moments that are beyond narrative, that are almost an abstraction of that moment that hits your psyche. — Alfonso Cuaron

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I really believe there is the possibility of something great that can happen in the right hands. — Alfonso Cuaron

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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

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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

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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

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Space fascinated me because I'm from the generation that saw Neil Armstrong walk on the moon live on TV. I was 7 at the time. Also, 'Lost in Space' was one of my favorite shows on TV back then. — Alfonso Cuaron

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Technology is technology. Technology doesn't have a, it is not good or bad. Technologies are tools. — Alfonso Cuaron

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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

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'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

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For me, my films are not like my children. They are like my ex-wife. They gave me so much; I gave them so much; I loved them so much; we part ways, and it's OK, we part ways. — Alfonso Cuaron

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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

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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

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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

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Learn from your experience shooting your film, and then move on to the next. — Alfonso Cuaron

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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

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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

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

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I think it's always important to give immediate positive reinforcement. — Alfonso Cuaron

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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

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

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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

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Dramatically, the moment in 'Gravity' that was hardest to nail down is when Ryan is in the Soyuz capsule and she realizes that she's out of fuel. That's when the character's arc gets defined. — Alfonso Cuaron

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I love that process in which there is no safety net. Then the actor also can allow mistakes, because there's no such a thing as a mistake. You're working with good actors, that thing that starts as a mistake becomes actually the life of what is going to follow in the scene. I find that it is fantastic, and for me it is easier than for the actors. — Alfonso Cuaron

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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

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My mom, she was, she studied chemistry. And later on she changed and majored, she changed later in her career, in her life and studied philosophy and then she did a perfect clash, connection between chemistry and philosophy and she became a witch. — Alfonso Cuaron

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I was 8 when we landed on the moon. I was so into the space program as a kid. Eventually, I realized it was very unlikely that a Mexican kid in the early '70s was going to be an astronaut. — Alfonso Cuaron

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As a director, you're only as good as your collaborators. You surround with collaborators that are going to understand what you're trying to do. Not only that, they're going to push and fight for what you're trying to do. — Alfonso Cuaron

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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

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Experiencing this film in 2-D is only getting about 20 percent of the experience of 'Gravity.' — Alfonso Cuaron

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No 'rules.' What are you, British or something? I guess I'm too nice ... No wonder people take advantage of me. — Alfonso Cuaron

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Most people just half-watch TV. They watch TV while they are doing many other things in the environment of their home. So, what they are doing goes through their ears as much as through their eyes. In television, the narrative and characters are in the foreground of everything, because you are watching TV as you do other stuff. — Alfonso Cuaron

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We're born first humans then after they stamp our passport. — Alfonso Cuaron

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I find it very stupid that teenagers could only see caricatures of teenagers but they couldn't see films that you try to be a truthful context, a truthful portrayal of teenagers. — Alfonso Cuaron

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The great thing about the moon landing is that my grandmother got the first color TV in order to be able to see the moon landing that was in black and white. — Alfonso Cuaron

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The long takes process doesn't allow for that many takes. In the past I have shot over 50 takes of different shots. Sometimes you end up using take 64, sometimes take four. — Alfonso Cuaron

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The most important thematics in humanity I think that are completely universal and completely relatable from one person to the other. As long as, one more time going to back to the thematic, as long as you're truthful to that thematic, you can trust that that is going to transcend. — Alfonso Cuaron

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Every film is difficult. Making films, you're always going to have problems, there's always going to be challenges. — Alfonso Cuaron

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Style is just an impression. Style itself is hollow. Style, its ok style as long as it is part of a language. Style for style itself is just something very hollow. — Alfonso Cuaron

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

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There is a certain thing that you have to just stick to the plan, stick to what you want to do, and you try to work with studios and executives that they get it. — Alfonso Cuaron

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I have my set rigged with the biggest sound system possible and have a mini jack for my iPod attached to my director's chair. I find playing music is a very direct way to communicate with actors and the crew, especially those crew members who are on the periphery of the set. I like dancing on set too, it's a good way to release tension. — Alfonso Cuaron

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In 'Gravity,' nearly everything is a metaphor for the main character. The way I tend to approach a film is that character and background are equally important; one informs the other. Here, Sandra Bullock is caught between Earth and the void of the universe, just floating there in between. We use the debris as a metaphor for adversity. — Alfonso Cuaron

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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