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- It should be a good story— speak about a time and place that is permanent. It should capture something wonderful with some great characters whether it's set in the past or in the future.
- On the making of good films. Interview with the Associated Press (2004).
- When we first began, Ruth told us she had never written a screenplay. That was not a problem since I had never produced a feature film and Jim had never directed one.
- On the beginning of his long collaboration with novelist and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Interview with the Associated Press (2004).