Several of Shakespeare's plays are referenced: from Romeo and Juliet only the balcony scene is shown but Chevalier's audition piece is from Macbeth, and there is a scene in which mobsters read extracts from King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream. See more
Artists! My name is Salvatore. I am your director. I must warn you. I am a sensitive man, a very sensitive... as a matter of fact, when a pigeon goes hungry, I cry. When a child is happy, I laugh. And if you do not listen to me, all of you, I will get angry. I get very angry. Oh, yes. I don't care how much money I spend on making this film because I want quality. Qual-i-ty! Yes, therefore, I... therefore, I am appointing myself to write a script. A few pages every day as we go along. You act, I...