Three films a day, three books a week and records of great music would be enough to make me happy to the day I die.— Francois Truffaut
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An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal - falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox.
All film directors, whether famous or obscure, regard themselves as misunderstood or underrated. Because of that, they all lie. They're obliged to overstate their own importance.
There are no good and bad movies, only good and bad directors
In love, women are professionals, men are amateurs.
The most beautiful thing I have ever seen in a movie theatre is to go down to the front and turn around, and look at all the uplifted faces, the light from the screen reflected upon them.
Film lovers are sick people.
I have always preferred the reflection of the life to life itself.
Taste is a result of a thousand distastes.
The film of tomorrow will not be directed by civil servants of the camera, but by artists for whom shooting a film constitutes a wonderful and thrilling adventure.
I love the way she projects two facets: a visible persona and a subterranean one. She keeps her thoughts to herself; she seems to suggest that her secret, inner life is at least as significant as the appearance she gives.
I've always had the impression that real militants are like cleaning women, doing a thankless, daily but necessary job.
Is the cinema more important than life?
Hitchcock loves to be misunderstood, because he has based his whole life around misunderstandings.
Everyone who works in the domain of fiction is a bit crazy.
The problem is to render this craziness interesting.
I'd skip school regularly to see movies - even in the morning, in the small Parisian theaters that opened early.
We often forgive those who bore us, but never those whom we bore.
Purely cinematic film ... actually the purest expression of a cinematic idea.
During the war, I saw many films that made me fall in love with the cinema.
I warmly recommend to you the films of poets.
There's no such thing as an anti-war film.
Some day I'll make a film that critics will like. When I have money to waste.
I am often asked at what point in my love affair with films I began to want to be a director or a critic. Truthfully, I don't know. All I know is that I wanted to get closer and closer to films.
When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success, but when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it's just wonderful.
Life has more imagination than we do.
What switched me to films was the flood of American pictures into Paris after the Liberation.
But the cinephile is … a neurotic! (That’s not a pejorative term.
) The Bronte sisters were neurotic, and it’s because they were neurotic that they read all those books and became writers. The famous French advertising slogan that says, “When you love life, you go to the movies,” it’s false! It’s exactly the opposite: when you don’t love life, or when life doesn’t give you satisfaction, you go to the movies.
Airing one's dirty linen never makes for a masterpiece.
I prefer to be busy all day long, and when you work for someone else, you're not busy enough.
When I begin a film, I want to make a great film. Halfway through, I just hope to finish the film.
A film is a boat which is always on the point of sinking-it always tends to break up as you go along and drag you under with it.
Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.
I had thought of writing, actually, and that later on I'd be a novelist.
At first, I wasn't sure whether I'd be a critic or a filmmaker, but I knew it would be something like that.
I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between.