In Their Words — December 11, 2012

Shooting 'Metropolis' (1927)
Shooting Metropolis (1927)

I think that certain people overestimate the power of a director. A film is the result of teamwork. But the director has certain powers. Permit me to tell you a story. When Fury was finished, the producer asked me into his office after a private viewing of the film. He accused me of changing the screenplay. I asked him how I could have done that since I didn’t speak a word of English. He demanded a copy of the screenplay, and after reading it he exclaimed, “Hell, you’re right. But it seems different on the screen!” And perhaps it was different—for him!

-Fritz Lang