If you have a good ear for dialogue, you just can't help thinking about the way people talk. You're drawn to it. And the obsessive interest in it forces you to develop it. You almost can't help yourself.

— Robert Towne

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In dramatic writing, the very essence is character change.

The character at the end is not the same as he was at the beginning. He's changed-psychologically, maybe even physically.

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Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water.

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Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.

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But time has caught up with it and I think vindicated it.

Shampoo, too: very dark, very ambitious movie.

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Finally, Colin Farrell showed up on my doorstep, only he wasn't Colin Farrell - he was just this Irish kid who had read the script and wanted to do it.

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You're dumber than you think I think you are.

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And I think one way or another it's evident to those who work with me that as a writer, a director, a friend, as somebody's there that's very anxious to get the movie made.

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But, uh, censorship at that time said that you just absolutely couldn't do anything involving children and so we had to go from there. I don't remember what I changed it to. Duvall is just excellent in it.

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People who can't think of anything else but whether the person you love is indented or convex should be doomed not to think of anything else but that, and so miss the other ninety-five percent of life.

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How much are you worth? I have no idea.

How much do you want? Naw.I just want to know what you're worth. Over ten million? Oh, my, yes. Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What can you buy that you can't already afford? The future, Mr. Gittes! The future!

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If you can find meaning in the type of running you need todo to stay on this team, chances are you can find meaning in another absurd pastime: Life.

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I think Los Angeles certainly grew out and grew up, but I don't think it matured. It lost the appeal and the hunger and the beauty of its adolescence and went straight to a middle-aged ugly, overfed monster seeking mindless pleasure and being obsessively acquisitive. It's so materialistic. It grew up, but it didn't mature.

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About Robert Towne

Quotes 21 sayings
Profession Screenwriter
Birthday October 16

I'm not in business to be loved, but I am in business.

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What makes screenplays difficult are the things that require the most discipline and care and are just not seen by most people. I'm talking about movement - screenwriting is related to math and music, and if you zig here, you know you have to zag there. It's like the descriptions for a piece of music - you go fast or slow or with feeling. It's the same.

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The straight roads are the roads of progress, the crooked roads are thee roads of genius.

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Good dialogue illuminates what people are not saying

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I'm not supposed to be the one that's caught with his pants down.

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She's my daughter. She's my sister.

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It was not possible to film in California, because all the areas are heavily built up now. Coming to Cape Town is an invitation to step into the past and recreate Los Angeles of the 1930s.

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Larry Grobel senses there are no answers in life, only questions. Good ones.

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