While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.

Sandy Bates: You can't control life. It doesn't wind up perfectly. Only-only art you can control. Art and masturbation. Two areas in which I am an absolute expert.
Sandy Bates: Just a little while back, just before I died in fact. I was on the operating table and I was searching to try to find something to hang onto, you know, cause when you're dying your life really does become very authentic and I was reaching for something to give my life meaning and a memory flashed through my mind: It was one of those great spring days, it was Sunday, and you knew summer would be coming soon. And I remember that morning Dorrie and I had gone for a walk in the park and come back to the apartment. We were just sort of sitting around and I put on a record of Louie Armstrong which was music I grew up with and it was very, very pretty, and I happened to glance over and I saw Dorrie sitting there. And I remember thinking to myself how terrific she was and how much I loved her. And I don't know, I guess it was a combination of everything, the sound of the music, and the breeze, and how beautiful Dorrie looked to me and for one brief moment everything just seemed to come together perfectly and I felt happy, almost indestructible in a way. It's funny, that simple little moment of contact moved me in a very, very profound way.
Question Askers-Screening: Some people have claimed that your films are narcissistic.
Sandy Bates: Yes, many people have said that about me over the years, but I don't think it's true. If I were to say which Greek God I take after, I would definitely not say Narcissus.
Question Askers-Screening: Who would you say?
Sandy Bates: Zeus.
Fan #1: What do you think the Rolls Royce represented?
Fan #2: I think that represented his car.
Sandy Bates: It's funny, because in my family nobody ever committed suicide, nobody... this was just not a middle-class alternative, you know? I - my mother was too busy running the boiled chicken through the deflavorizing machine to think about shooting herself or anything.
Sandy Bates: To you, I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the loyal opposition.
Vivian Orkin: Oh, oh. Th-this is my friend Libby. She thinks you're a genius. Libby just did a definitive cinematic study of Gummo Marx. She did!
Dick Lobel: Interestingly, he's the one Marx brother that never made any movies.
Sandy Bates: I'm a psychoanalyst. This is my pipe.
Sandy Bates: It's crazy. The town is jammed. I don't know, is the Pope in town, or some other show business figure?
Jack: What is it the comedian says when his jokes are going well? "I murdered that audience"..."I killed 'em"..."They screamed"..."I broke 'em up."
Sandy Bates: Yeah. So-so what are you saying? Are you saying that someone like-like myself or... or Laurel and Hardy, or-or Bob Hope are furious?
Jack: Furious or latent homosexual.
Sandy Bates: But shouldn't I stop making movies and do something that counts, like-like helping blind people or becoming a missionary or something?
Voice of Martian: Let me tell you, you're not the missionary type. You'd never last. And-and incidentally, you're also not Superman; you're a comedian. You want to do mankind a real service? Tell funnier jokes.
Sandy Bates: Oh, what is this? The-the traditional brownies with hash? Is this what you're giving me?
Shelley: No, no. Look, here's the hash on the side because I didn't know how much you took.
Sandy Bates: How much I took? What is it, hollandaise sauce? What do you mean, how much I took?
Fan in Lobby: Can I talk to you about an idea for a film I have?
Sandy Bates: This is not the place.
Fan in Lobby: Do you have a moment, please? It's a comedy based on that whole Guyana mass suicide.
Sandy Bates: I gotta give my one classical-music joke which I put in every single picture and I invariably cut it out.
Daisy: Yeah?
Sandy Bates: Um - the, eh, uh..."I don't know much about classic music. For years I thought the Golberg Variations were something Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg tried on their wedding night."
Sandy Bates: I've had six chauffeurs in two years. You get me drunks, guys who can't understand English, one guy ran over an old lady with me in the car and now this guy's wanted for mail fraud.
Sandy's Sister: Mom's blind in one eye, deaf in one ear.
Sandy Bates: Oh. I hope the same side of the head, right? Because that's important. So she's even. She should be even at that age.
Vivian Orkin: In this film, he played the part of God.
Ghost of Sandy Bates: This was not easy, folks, because, uh, you know, I-I-I didn't know what the hell I was doing, and I don't have a good voice for God.
Vivian Orkin: And he received an Academy Award for his convincing portrayal of God... although they had to use another actor's voice.
Sam: I had two heart attacks before I got the bicycle.
Sandy Bates: And since then?
Sam: I also had two.
Young Girl: I understand you studied philosophy at school.
Sandy Bates: Uh, no, that's not true. I-I-I did take - I took one course in existential philosophy at, uh, at New York University, and on, uh, on the final... they gave me ten questions, and, uh, I couldn't answer a single one of 'em. You know? I left 'em all blank... I got a hundred.
Fan: Are you Sandy Bates?
Sandy Bates: Uhhh... no.
Fan: Yes, you are.
Sandy Bates: No n-n-n-no, I'm not.
Fan: My mother buys meat in the same butcher shop your mother does.
Sandy Bates: Oh, great.
Fan: Can I have your autograph?
Sandy Bates: Oh, jeez.
Fan: Could you just write: "To Phyllis Weinstein, you unfaithful, lying bitch."
Dorrie: Mmm. You smell nice.
Sandy Bates: Yeah?
Dorrie: That aftershave. It just made my whole childhood come back with a sudden Proustian rush.
Sandy Bates: Yeah? That's 'cause I'm wearing Proustian Rush by Chanel. It's-it's reduced. I got a vat of it.
UFO Follower: What have you got against intellectuals?
Sandy Bates: Intellectuals? Nothing, why?
UFO Follower: Mr. Bates, I've seen all your films. You really feel threatened by them.
Sandy Bates: Threatened? You're kidding me. I've always said they're like the mafia. They only kill their own.

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