William Friedkin on failure

“Just when you learn how to do it, you’re too old. Except in your dreams. Lately I’ve been remaking my movies, reshooting scenes in greater detail than I did originally. Several times in the middle of the night I awake and think, Well that was a dream, it’s over. Then I fall back to sleep but the work continues. At this rate I’ll be shooting forever. The scenes aren’t from one film, they’re from many, but somehow they seem to connect, to make dream sense. I’m relaxed and in control. No anxiety, no sense of dread.

I haven’t made my Citizen Kane, but there’s more work to do. I don’t know how much bit I’m loving it. Perhaps I’ll fail again. Maybe next time I’ll fail better.”

— William Friedkin