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    I remember being really interested in the sad parts of Los Angeles, of which there are many, and knowing we weren't up in the citadel on the hill, but we also weren't on the bottom. I was very interested in the poetry of failure as a child.
    — Mary Harron
    I grew up interested in the underside of Hollywood, which I think David Lynch does really well.
    — Mary Harron
    I was very ambitious at a young age. When I was six, I would tell everybody that I wanted to be an authoress.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: young  age 
     
    Someone can be mentally ill, but if they are young and beautiful and their life is going well, people don't notice because at that point the cracks are almost imperceptible.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: people  young  beautiful 
     
    One of the secrets of being a great photographic model, as it is for a great film actor, is that you let the camera in. It's an intimacy that the model or actor creates with the lens, that then transmits itself to the viewer.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: secret  film  intimacy 
     
    Bettie Page was the first person to do bondage as fashion, because for her it really was all about dressing up.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: fashion  people 
     
    I wonder if Bettie Page original gay cult had something to do with the ironies inherent in her image, as well as her innate fabulousness as an image.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: irony  wonder  gay 
     
    Frankly, you're always up and down. You're successful and then you're not.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: successful 
     
    I'm not trying to make the world a better place.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: world 
     
    I think any big success is paralyzing. I have observed it in others.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: success 
     
    There was a lot of anger among critics that I had not made a sexy movie.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: anger  movie  sexy 
     
    I was lucky with my first film because it had Warhol in it. That was the selling point.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: film 
     
    I just don't think I'm an ideological filmmaker in any way. I don't know how anyone could see anything I've done and see that.
    — Mary Harron
    Americans always think they have to lead. I'm interested in ambiguity.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: american 
     
    One thing I'm not is a moralistic filmmaker. I'm not trying to tell people what to do, and I'm not trying to lead.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: people 
     
    It's interesting that gay men and young women have been the twin engines of the Bettie [Page] cult.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: men  women  young  gay 
     
    I make unpopular versions of popular things. I make a horror film and it's not a horror film. None of my genre movies function as genre movies.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: horror  movie  film 
     
    In my early thirties I was working in television as a researcher. I was really stuck for a period of five years. I got to TV when I was thirty. I hated being a music writer, and kept wondering why I couldn't be doing the exciting things that my friends were doing in television.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: friends  music  year 
     
    Mostly I'm just not American. I spent four years of my childhood here, but I think if you're Canadian you have a very different perspective. You don't think you're at the center of things.
    — Mary Harron
    It never occurred to me to be a film director, partly because I hadn't seen a single film by a female director, but I liked the idea of being a writer moving to Hollywood and being unhappy; that sounded romantic and fabulous to me.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: film  romantic  ideas 
     
    I really dislike it when women reject feminism; that's ridiculous. I am a product of feminism. Without feminism I would not be making films.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: women  feminism  film 
     
    I don't think there is any one route to directing.... Other than that I think you just have to think 'By any means possible' and take any job you can that will get you experience. I also did a lot for free. I got paid virtually nothing for my first film, but it changed my life.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: experience  job  film 
     
    Punk rock, when I was a part of it, was called 'the underground.' There was something very attractive in all the hidden places, the hidden histories.
    — Mary Harron
    There's no need to be tragic or destroy yourself or jump off a cliff. That's no longer the paradigm I wish to follow, or that anyone should follow. It is not necessary to be tragic. It's bullshit that women can't have it all. Why not? Other people do.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: people  women  wishes 
     
    People make films about all kinds of relationships, but they won't do these extremely intense platonic love affairs that happen between young girls. In a way they are more intense than anything else you ever have, and that's what I wanted to make a film about, though it was in the context of a horror film.
    — Mary Harron
    It's hard when your first thing is something everyone loves. Actually, that never happened to me. I was lucky that my first film, which is actually the best reviewed of all my films, didn't have that success.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: film  success 
     
    When people see the conventions, they think they're going to get the straightforward genre - I don't give them that and they get mad. People see that and they think I don't understand the conventions because I'm not a good filmmaker.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: people 
     
    Some actors can draw from their own darkness.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: darkness 
     
    The really important people in TV are not the directors; they're the writers.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: people 
     
    The good part of working in TV is it's like being a studio director in old Hollywood and approaching different genres. It's a chance to try out different styles.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: chance 
     
    I'm bored by films that revolve around a trick. I kind of know if a film is right for me; all the most important decisions are made intuitively.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: decision  right  film 
     
    Movies are a commitment. They take years of your life and they have big consequences. That's one of the bad things about movies - you're stuck with the aftermath.
    — Mary Harron
    I see that women still have self-doubt, and at the same time I feel like I see all these fantastic young women, and they all have ambition and are so focused on their futures. I don't think that's an anomaly anymore.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: time  women  future  young  ambition 
     
    I had long periods where I couldn't make things happen, and then periods of enormous good luck. I guess the trick is to keep going in the periods when you're not lucky, when your stars are not aligned.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: star  luck 
     
    If you have had some taste of success, it's extremely addicting. I think the withdrawal from that is what's most devastating. I don't think it's the success that kills people, it's the withdrawal.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: people  success 
     
    At any age you can start over. You have to drop the idea of where you should be in your career. And you have to do without a lot of love. Not everyone's going to love you.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: age  career  ideas 
     
    My films have elements of genre in them, which prevents them from being purely art films.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: film 
     
    I think morale is the hardest part, not comparing yourself to someone else. I think everyone compares themselves to someone more successful than they are. Everyone does it. You have to embrace your own rocky path.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: successful  path 
     
    There's absolutely no point in beating yourself up. Focus on going forward.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: focus 
     
    They say that depression is anger you turn on yourself, and I think women do that.
    — Mary Harron
    tags: women  depression  anger 
     
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