Billy Wilder on the zoom lens

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I.A.L. Diamond: I think most young directors today, if you offered them the choice between a  good script and a zoom lens, would take the zoom lens.
Wilder:
Take away the zoom lens. Just don’t let them have it.

– in conversation at the American Film Institute, 1976. In Billy Wilder: Interviews, edited by Robert Horton. University of Mississippi Press, 2001.