A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.— Anthony Hopkins
Informative Great Film quotations
Silence is a source of great strength.
The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.
I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti
Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.
Since Star Wars, that film's success led to bigger budgets, more hardware, that the great movies like the ones I did, which were studio movies, are now independent movies. They range from half a million to several million, and a lot of those have very interesting roles.
Kodak sells film, but they don't advertise film; they advertise memories.
To make a great film you need three things - the script, the script and the script.
Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss people.
The great art of films does not consist of descriptive movement of face and body but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation.
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.
Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me... aren't you?
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.
I had seen the films out of World War II, the great 82nd Airborne, the 101st, and all of those of you in the greatest generation and the service that you had provided.
Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
I like the sensibility of Australian film a lot and the crews are fantastic.
Great characters, wonderful people and no line between - I think in Hollywood they have this line between actors and crew a lot, and that just didn't exist, which I really appreciated.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
The important thing is not the camera but the eye.
If you're sitting in your minivan, playing your computer animated films for your children in the back seat, is it the animation that's entertaining you as you drive and listen? No, it's the storytelling. That's why we put so much importance on story. No amount of great animation will save a bad story.
Yeah, Dundee was great. It was a great film. I fell in love with my Mexican wife on Dundee.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
I looked back on the roaring Twenties, with its jazz, 'Great Gatsby' and the pre-Code films as a party I had somehow managed to miss.
I mean, everyone says Citizen Kane. It isn't that great, anyway. And Orson Welles I knew well, of course. He made other incredible films that no one would let him make, which were much better than Citizen Kane, really.
Within the microcosm of a film you get drawn to people.
There are certain projects you care enormously about, and 'The Edge Of Love' was one because I was portraying a great hero of mine, Dylan Thomas.
To a great mind, nothing is little.
It was the beginning of film for television.
So we had all of these great opportunities. Northwestern was probably the only major film school of its kind at the time that was graduating anybody important.
I was opposed to doing TV for a long time because I thought the quality of writing wasn't very strong, as opposed to film, but there's been a shift in term of the quality of scripts. HBO has attracted a tremendous amount of great writing talent.
I'm just trying to tell a good story and make thought-provoking, entertaining films. I just try and draw upon the great culture we have as a people, from music, novels, the streets.
Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.
The great thing about visual horror films is there's real potential for strong, beautiful imagery. It's the one genre that really lends itself to creating strong images. And I've always loved that idea of windmills - your mind aimlessly spinning.
Iceland is fascinating; really an amazing place to visit, and great for a film to go there.
All great films are a resolution of a conflict between darkness and light.
There is no single right way to express yourself. There are infinite possibilities for the use of light with shadows and colors. The decisions you make about composition, movement and the countless combinations of these and other variables is what makes it an art.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges.
Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
I've always believed that if you want to really try and make a great film, not a good film, but a great film, you have to take a lot of risks.
No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is.
I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
'He's the most charming man. He's the Oscar Wilde of our time. I only had one moment with him in that film and it's a great source of regret. I love spending time with him. He's always very open and effusive. His interest in you is genuine.'
Being a writer in Hollywood is like going to Hitler's Eagle Nest with a great idea for a bar mitzvah.
Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.
In my view, the only way to see a film remains the way the filmmaker intended: inside a large movie theater with great sound and pristine picture.
As a filmmaker, I love the medium. I have a great affection for it and I've been lucky enough to do all different kinds of films. The greatest part of the success I've had comes from horror. I love the idea of mixing humor and horror and to me, it's all a giggle.
Nothing happens when you sit at home.
I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times...I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.
When you're actually making a film, it's just people on your back all the time wanting stuff and you're constantly having to it deal with them. It's probably the most time consuming of all the arts, but I do love it because it is a great mix of visual art and music and writing.
Every time an actress is celebrated for her great work, I cheer.
For the more brilliant their performance, the more the audience demands stories about women... And as we all know: a great year for women in film, is just a great year for film.