quote by Pedro Almodovar

The silent film has a lot of meanings. The first part of the film is comic. It represents the burlesque feel of those silent films. But I think that the second part of the film is full of tenderness and emotion.

— Pedro Almodovar

Seductive Silent Movies quotations

I got a chance to work with Mel Brooks on two of his films: Silent Movie and High Anxiety.


Silent movies quote It's better to cry than to be angry; because anger hurts others, while tears flo
It's better to cry than to be angry; because anger hurts others, while tears flow silently through the soul and cleanses the heart.

When I'm actually assembling a scene, I assemble it as a silent movie.

Even if it's a dialog scene, I lip read what people are saying.

Silent movies quote I often regret that I have spoken; Never that I have been silent.
I often regret that I have spoken; Never that I have been silent.

I never approved of talkies. Silent movies were well on their way to developing an entirely new art form. It was not just pantomine, but something wonderfully expressive.

As an actor I'm part of a long line of character people you can take back to the silent movies. There's always the little guy who's the sidekick to the tall, good-looking guy who gets the girl.

With today's movies, if we took out all the bad language, we'd go back to silent films.


Silent movies quote Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about things that matter.
Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about things that matter.

When you see a silent movie, you understand everything that's going on from the images because the images are so strong.

I was playing organ at a silent movie house at Harlem and they'd be showing some death scene on the screen. Likely as not, I'd grab a bottle and start swingin' out on 'Squeeze Me' or 'Royal Garden Blues'. The managers complained but, heck, they couldn't stop me!

The movie people would have nothing to do with me until they heard me speak in a Broadway play, then they all wanted to sign me for the silent movies.

Silent movies quote Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker
Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.

Creamy and leggy, with long azure hair and the eyes of a silent-movie star, she moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx.

I think the approach of the character for us is the same in a silent movie as in a talking movie because we had balance, we had lines to learn.


Right now I'm the most famous silent movie actress in the world and I want to keep that for me. So I hope there's not going to be any other silent movies.

Silent movies quote Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It w
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.

There was nothing to react to except wind and trees [in Cast Away].

It was like making a silent movie.

Today we are aware as never before of the plurality of human life-styles and possibilities, while at the same time being tied, like in an old silent movie, to a runaway locomotive rushing headlong toward a very singular catastrophe

Sometimes I think you have to try to do things that people don't think are doable. I remember at the very beginning actually, the first person I had to convince was myself really because there's a self-censorship. When everybody says 'we don't do silent movies anymore,' you agree with everybody, and you say 'yeah, you're right.' It was a fantasy.

Silent movies quote Be silent or let the words be worth more than silence.
Be silent or let the words be worth more than silence.

I used to watch movies - silent movies - and stock companies and theater whenever I could.


If you try to make a silent movie with a normal script and you just pull out the dialogue, you will have big problems with the actors because you will ask them to tell a story that you don't know.

I've often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.

Silent movies quote If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity.
If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity.

I am astounded at my age with a 20-year-old daughter to discover that kids of her generation don't want to watch black and white movies. I understand that they gave up on silent films, but black and white? So, now movies have to be taught in academia because people don't know how to watch them, they don't know how to appreciate them.

The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. Music, commercial breaks, news flashes, adverts, news broadcasts, movies, presenters -- there is no alternative but to fill the screen; otherwise there would be an irremediable void. That's why the slightest technical hitch, the slightest slip on the part of the presenter becomes so exciting, for it reveals the depth of the emptiness squinting out at us through this little window.

For me, I loved it. I only want to make silent movies now.


Silent movies quote Hope will never be silent.
Hope will never be silent.

I thought 'The Artist' was a perfect way to find a good balance.

The artistic challenge is obvious because the film is black-and-white and its silent, but I did my best to make the movie accessible and easy to watch. I really don't want to make elitist movies. I really try hard to work for the audience. Audiences are smart. They get everything.

I always loved silent movies. I was not a specialist, but I loved them. And when I started directing, I became really fascinated by the format - how it works, the device of the silent movie. It's not the same form of expression as a talkie. The lack of sounds makes you participate in the storytelling.

When you look at the early-'30s movies, like King Kong, the codes of acting are very similar to those of silent movies. In some of the silent movies - the good ones, the ones done by the best directors - the acting is very, very natural.

Silent movies quote There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

This is a universal, unique movie, it has potential to cross barriers.

But we never thought about that on set, when we were doing the film. We knew that in making a silent movie, we were doing something a little bit under the wire, a bit interdit. It's a pastiche, but for the French taste, you would have thought.

I connected very much with all the work of Joan Crawford because she started as a flapper. She used to dance and sing and she was very cute. She had something that was so different from what she is at the end of her life and she started in the silent movies and then went into the talkies.


For you, it's a silent movie. For us, it's a talking movie because we had lines on set. There's a lot of noise on set and music. We spoke in English, in French, in gibberish, but it was very alive. The challenge was tap dancing.

Silent movies quote Use what talent you possess; the wood would be very silent if no bird sang excep
Use what talent you possess; the wood would be very silent if no bird sang except those that sang best.
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This is the problem with language, and this is what makes silent movies fun, because the connection with them, me or the audience is not with the language. There's no question of interpretation of what we are saying it's just about feeling. You create your own story.

I watched a lot of silent directors who were absolutely great like John Ford and Fritz Lang, Tod Browning, and also some very modern directors like The Coen Brothers. The directors take the freedom within their own movies to be melodramatic or funny when they chose to be. They do whatever they want and they don't care about the genre.

I try to respect the rules of the silent movies and I tried to make signification to make sense, and also the crew were very good and the fact that we shot in LA in the real Hollywood, studios and houses. We shot in the bed of Mary Pickford, and you cannot be any more accurate than that, so that helped a lot.

Silent movies quote Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.
Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.
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I've had 79 to 80 years of show business.

I started when I was 5 with a man called Tom Mix. I didn't have time to go to school because I was in silent movies, I was in radio, I was in burlesque, I worked with the circus. I'm all show business!


When you decide you want to make a film, you start listening to everything that anyone has to say about filmmaking and reading everything, and there's a maxim about film being a visual medium, and so you need to make, in a sense, a silent movie and layer on dialogue.

I was crazy about silent comedy - in the old days, and crazy about Japanese movies.

I was introducing [director and producer] Hal Roach - Mr.

Roach was 100 years old, he was one of the fathers of early days in films, he put Laurel with Hardy, he created the Our Gang kids, and all these silent movies he did - he was a giant.

I wasn't that familiar with silent films.

I didn't know, for example, how hugely popular silent films were in the 1920s, how people would go to the movies several times a week.