Cassavetes' Words

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"Let's let people laugh at what they want to laugh at. Why shouldn't they laugh?... Listen. I've had people close to me die, and I giggled. No one is going to tell me about it. You can't tell me how I feel. You can't tell that... Its' healthy to laugh at somebody. Do you know why people don't laugh at people? Because they are too high and mighty to laugh, because if you laugh at somebody, you know you're going to have to be connected with them. You know that you are going to have to put some time in with them. You know that you are going to truly like those people. The truth of the matter is that nobody can afford to laugh at anybody. That's why some fucking psychologist comes along and says, 'Don't laugh at him.' When friends get together they laugh at each other. When enemies get together, no chance baby. No laughter"

AFI Dialogue on Film #4

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