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Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it.

Alfred Hitchcock, director

There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education.

Will Rogers, actor

A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

Orson Welles, actor

If my films make one more person miserable, I'll feel I have done my job.

Woody Allen, director

A film is -- or should be -- more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings.

Stanley Kubrick, director

In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret.

Susan Sontag, author

One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.

Oliver Stone, director

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.

Charlie Chaplin, actor

The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.

Alfred Hitchcock, director

Some years ago, writing about stage adaptations of fiction, I noted:

John Simon, critic

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.

Derek Jarman, director

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.

JeanLuc Godard,

Going to the cinema is like returning to the womb; you sit there, still and meditative in the darkness, waiting for life to appear on the screen.

Federico Fellini, director

For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.

Alfred Hitchcock, director

My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave.

Burt Reynolds, actor

It's hard to make a cultural phenomenon every time.

John Travolta, actor

The greatest films are those which show how society shapes man. The greatest plays are those which show how man shapes society.

Kenneth Tynan, critic

Films can only be made by by-passing the will of those who appear in them, using not what they do, but what they are.

Robert Bresson, director

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.

Jean Cocteau, director

I've tried like hell to make bad movies good, and I can't. Maybe Marlon Brando has been able to do that at times. But even he has a hard time making The Appaloosa a good movie.

Dylan McDermott, actor

Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can't teach old fleas new dogs.

Federico Fellini, director

I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.

Frank Capra, director

That's easy to answer: I never had any special appetite for filmmaking, but you have to make a living and it is miraculous to earn a living working in film.

Alain Resnais, director

The big studio era is from the coming of sound until 1950, until I came in... I came in at a crux in film, which was the end of the studio era and the rise of filmmaking.

Charlton Heston, actor

I considered going to film school; I took a course in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing.

Robert Morgan, poet

You get a different kick out of all aspects of filmmaking.

Guy Ritchie, director

I'm not under too much of an illusion of how smart or un-smart I am because filmmaking ultimately is about teamwork.

Guy Ritchie, director

I really took filmmaking very seriously... It was an honor and then a crutch also, because at a young age, I was like, I guess I'm a serious filmmaker. I never set out to be a serious filmmaker. I just set out to make movies.

John Singleton, director

Curiosity doesn't matter any more. These days people don't want to be transported to emotional territories where they don't know how to react.

Hector Babenko,

The people are unreal. The flowers are unreal, they don't smell. The food is unreal, it doesn't taste of anything. The whole place is a glaring, gaudy, nightmarish set, built up in the desert.

Ethel Barrymore, actress

What is saved in the cinema when it achieves art is a spontaneous continuity with all mankind. It is not an art of the princes or the bourgeoisie. It is popular and vagrant. In the sky of the cinema people learn what they might have been and discover what belongs to them apart from their single lives.

John Berger, artist

Nobody in TV makes as much money as Robert Redford, who likes to make movies for several million dollars only on the condition that they contain some sort of social message. I cannot take very seriously a social message delivered by an actor who is paid nine million dollars to deliver it, and who charges you five dollars to see it.

David Brinkley, journalist

When we were growing up and saw a Ray Harryhausen movie, we were interested in how it was done. But thank God we got to go through the magic of seeing it before we knew how it was done. You were able to get this beautiful, pure, visceral response to something without knowing too much about it.

Tim Burton, director

If you stick with a vision, it might not all work, but some of it will be absolute genius. To me, 15 minutes worth of absolute genius in a film is so much better than two hours of mediocrity. I would rather pay to see something different like that.

Kim Cattrall, actress

The making of a picture ought surely to be a rather fascinating adventure. It is not; it is an endless contention of tawdry egos, some of them powerful, almost all of them vociferous, and almost none of them capable of anything much more creative than credit-stealing and self-promotion.

Raymond Chandler, novelist

If you can't believe a little in what you see on the screen, it's not worth wasting your time on cinema.

Serge Daney,

It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, They lived happily ever after and the following quarter-century warning that they'll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are now entering a third era in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism: You know it just might work.

Nora Ephron, author

The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn't.

JeanLuc Godard,

As far as the filmmaking process is concerned, stars are essentially worthless -- and absolutely essential.

William Goldman, novelist

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.

Samuel Goldwyn, producer

Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.

Samuel Goldwyn, producer

We have taken beauty and exchanged it for stilted voices.

D.W. (David Wark) Griffith,

I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer.

Ben Hecht, writer

Movies are one of the bad habits that corrupted our century. Of their many sins, I offer as the worst their effect on the intellectual side of the nation. It is chiefly from that viewpoint I write of them -- as an eruption of trash that has lamed the American mind and retarded Americans from becoming a cultured people.

Ben Hecht, writer

You should look straight at a film; that's the only way to see one. Film is not the art of scholars but of illiterates.

Werner Herzog, director

Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.

Alfred Hitchcock, director

All television ever did was shrink the demand for ordinary movies. The demand for extraordinary movies increased. If any one thing is wrong with the movie industry today, it is the unrelenting effort to astonish.

Clive James, writer

My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.

Robert Bresson, director

The words Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which I saw on an Italian movie poster, are perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of movies. This appeal is what attracts us, and ultimately what makes us despair when we begin to understand how seldom movies are more than this.

Pauline Kael, critic

I'm gonna do four or five of these movies, and it's going to become my career. I'll have to keep expanding the bat suit, because I get fatter every year. I'll be bankrupt. I'll be out opening shopping malls, going from appearance to appearance in a cheesy van. On playing Batman

Michael Keaton, actor

Every time we got something into the camera it was as if we were saying to the 6 million ghosts -- with a wry smile on our faces, and a sense of accomplishment -- That's for you! On shooting Schindler's List

Ben Kingsley, actor

There rise her timeless capitals of empires daily born,Whose plinths are laid at midnight and whose streets are packed at morn;And here come tired youths and maids that feign to love or sinIn tones like rusty razor blades to tunes like smitten tin.

Rudyard Kipling, writer

A dramatic experience concerned with the mundane may inform but it cannot release; and one concerned essentially with the aesthetic politics of its creators may divert or anger, but it cannot enlighten.

David Mamet, dramatist

The movies today are too rich to have any room for genuine artists. They produce a few passable craftsmen, but no artists. Can you imagine a Beethoven making $100, 000 a year?

H. L. Mencken, writer

Cinema is the culmination of the obsessive, mechanistic male drive in western culture. The movie projector is an Apollonian straight-shooter, demonstrating the link between aggression and art. Every pictorial framing is a ritual limitation, a barred precinct.

Camille Anna Paglia,

I guess I think that films have to be made totally by fascists -- there's no room for democracy in making film.

Don Alan Pennebaker,

My belief is that no movie, nothing in life, leaves people neutral. You either leave them up or you leave them down.

David Puttnam, producer

There is no more interesting place in the world to meet characters than a movie set. If you have lost anybody anywhere and don

Will Rogers, actor

Does art reflect life? In movies, yes. Because more than any other art form, films have been a mirror held up to society's porous face.

Marjorie Rosen,

It doesn't work if the bad guys kill his mother's uncle's friend's neighbor's pet dog. You've got to make the stakes high. Explaining why the hero's woman must get shot

Steven Seagal, actor

I didn't go out of my way to get into this movie stuff. I think of myself as a writer.

Sam Shepard, playwright

In the beginning, all I wanted to do was to be a singer and a dancer. That was my real groove, my real interest. When it came to doing films, my biggest goal was to do a commercial.

Wesley Snipes, actor

Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading.

Igor Stravinsky, composer

The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.

James Thurber, comedian

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.

Francois Truffaut, director

If I'd have gone to art school, or stayed in anthropology, I probably would have ended up back in film ... Mostly I just followed my inner feelings and passions ... and kept going to where it got warmer and warmer, until it finally got hot ... Everybody has talent. It's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is.

George Lucas, director

I am the camera's eye. I am the machine that shows you the world as I alone see it. Starting from today I am forevcr free of human immobility. I am in perpetual movement. I approach and draw away from things--I crawl under them--I climb on them--I am on the head of a galloping horse

Dziga Vertov, director

The cinema, like the detective story, enables us to experience without danger to ourselves all the excitements, passions, and fantasies which have to be repressed in a humanistic age.

Carl Jung, psychiatrist

People sometimes say that the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television -- you don't feel anything.

Andy Warhol, artist

The director is simply the audience. So the terrible burden of the director is to take the place of that yawning vacuum, to be the audience and to select from what happens during the day which movement shall be a disaster and which a gala night. His job is to preside over accidents.

Orson Welles, actor

The films of The Caine Mutiny and Marjorie Morningstar always seemed to me mere thin skims of the story lines, and I never did see a meager Hollywood caper called Youngblood Hawke, vaguely based on my 800-page novel. So it was that I opted for television, with its much broader time limits, for The Winds of War.''

Herman Wouk, novelist

You have to edit the material. That assumes that some kind of a mind is operating in relation to the material. Not all minds are the same. Every aspect of filmmaking requires choice. The selection of the subject, the shooting, editing and length are all aspects of choice.

Frederick Wiseman, director

The mecca of filmmaking in the world just so happens to be in America. It's quite simply a case of us just going where the work is.

Alex O'Loughlin, actor

I think if you look at Sam Raimi and Jim Cameron, those guys know things about filmmaking that almost nobody knows anymore. They are students of film from when they handmade films themselves, you know cut films with their own hands and razor blades and tape.

Dileep Rao, actor

Sure, they were simple desk lamps with only a minimal amount of movement, but you could immediately tell that Luxo Jr. was a baby, and that the big one was his mother. In that short little film, computer animation went from a novelty to a serious tool for filmmaking.

John Lasseter, director

Filmmaking is a huge privilege; it's not brain surgery. It's art, and art is supposed to be an enjoyable process, and it is an enjoyable experience for me.

Lake Bell, actress

To me the recognition of the audience is part of the filmmaking process. When you make a movie, it's for them.

Michel Hazanavicius, director

Even on a $100 million film, people will complain that they haven't got enough money and enough time, so that's always going to be an element in filmmaking.

Ryan Kwanten, actor

I feel 100% sure that I have the career that I have today because of independent filmmaking.

Charlize Theron, actress

In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned to write but evidently can't read. If they could read their stuff, they'd stop writing.

Will Rogers, actor

Woody is so musical in his filmmaking. I've never worked with anyone I've trusted so completely. He won't let you hit a false note.

Dianne Wiest, actress

The idea of working with Steven Spielberg was very attractive. He's such a master. He knows the language of the camera and of filmmaking, which gives him a great freedom.

Max von Sydow, actor

When I got to filmmaking, the most democratic of environments where anybody could say anything, those were the best environments, but what you don't want to assume is that you know what the audience is thinking.

Rick Moranis, actor

The actual process of filmmaking, the many hours out of your life- it is very slow and boring. I'm not interested in that now unless an opportunity was provided for me.

Rick Moranis, actor

I love independent filmmaking. I don't agree with a lot of it, but that's the point.

Gena Rowlands, actress

Hollywood is still the mecca for good or bad, but it isn't the beginning or end for filmmaking.

Robert Duvall, actor

I've always wanted to introduce hip-hop filmmaking to film. There's hip-hop art, dance, music, but there really isn't hip-hop film. So I was trying to do that.

Darren Aronofsky, director

I'm Godless. I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking.

Darren Aronofsky, director

I've had really great experiences working with first-time directors. They come at filmmaking with fresh ideas. I've been very lucky that way.

Jeff Bridges, actor

For me, the filmmaking has to be about the dramaturgy.

Neil Jordan, director

Nobody will ever notice that. Filmmaking is not about the tiny details. It's about the big picture.

Ed Wood, director

The moral of filmmaking in Britain is that you will be screwed by the weather.

Hugh Grant, actor

I have been a director who has starred, participated on both sides of the filmmaking process.

Keenen Ivory Wayans, comedian

I prefer the smaller budget versus the bigger budget because the mentality that goes along with big budget filmmaking doesn't really suit me; the mind-set that money is the answer.

Keenen Ivory Wayans, comedian

Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.

Robert Altman, director

Saturday Night Live is such a comedy boot camp in a way, because you get to work with so many different people who come in to host the show and you get thrown into so many situations and learn how to think on your feet, so filmmaking actually feels slow, in a good way.

Will Ferrell, comedian

I love filmmaking, and I love the process. And I would rather do nothing else. It's a privilege to be able to paint such big pictures, so to speak.

Bryan Singer, director

I even agree with the new digital ways of filmmaking, where you don't even have physical film in the camera, but to be honest, I wouldn't want to use it.

J. Lee Thompson, director

Find your own specific voice in filmmaking and go for it. Either people will get it or they won't and that's what it's all about.

Yahoo Serious, director

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.

Charlie Chaplin, actor

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