Movies without meaningful dialogue play well all over the world. The Apostle is probably the best movie of the year, but it won't do squat in Korea.— Robert Benton
The most fascinating Robert Benton quotes to get the best of your day
In America, people rarely stay in the town where they grew up, rarely stay in close proximity to their parents throughout their lives. You rarely find parents in their old age being taken care of by their children.
I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was.
I was called 'slow'. It's an awful feeling to think of yourself as 'slow' - it's horrible.
Beauty doesn't have anything to do with prettiness.
Beauty has to do with something else; it gets into an area where words can't go.
All my life I've felt like somebody's wife, or somebody's mother or somebody's daughter. Even all the time we were together, I never knew who I was. And that's why I had to go away. And in California, I think I found myself.
Style is the most ephemeral thing I know.
It's not about how effective you are it's about how you are effective.
Every since high school I've been drawn to magazines.
Twilight is about getting older and relationships - not about a murder mystery.
It's about love when you reach a certain age; nothing is in primary colors.
Sometimes other people have better ideas.
Having one perfect thing was less important than having a range of ideas, realizing they were all taking you in a certain direction.
My education was an education by movies.
Style lasts forever and taste doesn't.
People who go for humor are wonderful because they do great humor.
People who go for wit and end up with humor are people who have made a mistake.
I'd like to know what law is it that says that a woman is a better parent, simply by virtue of her sex.
Style and taste do not have anything to do with the other.
It's the difference between wit and humor.
After the war, photography came alive, in part because everybody started to use the 35mm camera, and worked on the street instead of in a studio, and that made an enormous difference in not only how photographs looked, but what they were about.
Movie narration in the forties was radically different than the narrative involved in books.
I couldn't sit down and write a novel or a short story - even now - because of my dyslexia. But I learned narration through movies.
Style tells you a lot more about the truth than substance, because it comes at the truth in an oblique way, it comes in on a slant, it doesn't tell you what it is. It's unexpected and it makes you laugh and think.
Taste has nothing to do with style.
It's interesting that there are places that words can't get to.
My next film is always shaped by the last one.
.. by the things I feel I didn't get right, or the things I like and want to try to develop further, but it always comes out of the last picture.
I was dyslexic as a child and it took me years to get passed that.
I read a lot but it was hard and that didn't go away until my early-to-mid-twenties. So really what I was looking at were the photographs and the illustrations in magazines.
The greatest style is when you can't see the style though you walk away knowing it was there. It's like a perfume - there but not there.
The thing I loved the most about being art director was picking the photographers and working with them.
Everybody thought New York was this hard, cruel place, and I found it to be an extraordinarily wonderful place filled with the most interesting people.
New York was big enough and wide enough that it allowed for reasonably eccentric people like me to thrive. It was a perfect place for me.
Although I had a few jobs that I didn't like, or quit, or got fired from, I really loved New York from the moment I got here and I never stopped.