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Alexandro Jodorowsky
   said   
"Most Directors Make Films With Their Eyes; I Make Films With My Testicles."
Alfred Hitchcock
   said   
"Drama is Life With the Dull Bits Cut Out."
Anglo-American filmmaker.
Alfred Hitchcock
   said   
"For Me, the Cinema is Not a Slice of Life, but a Piece of Cake."
Anglo-American filmmaker.
Alfred Hitchcock
   said   
"In Films Murders Are Always Very Clean. I Show How Difficult It is and What a Messy Thing It is to Kill a Man."
Alfred Hitchcock
   said   
"The Length of a Film Should Be Directly Related to the Endurance of the Human Bladder."
Alfred Hitchcock
   said   
"There is No Terror in a Bang, Only in the Anticipation of It."
Anglo-American filmmaker.
Alan Parker
   said   
"A Great Movie Evolves when Everybody Has the Same Vision in Their Heads."
Alan Parker
   said   
"Most Directors Have Little Lists in Their Heads of People They Really Want to Work With."
Alan Parker
   said   
"Pauline Kael is the Rambo of Film Critics... a Demented Bag Lady."
Bernardo Bertolucci
   said   
"If New York is the Big Apple, Tonight Hollywood is the Big Nipple."
Italian filmmaker. Quoted in Guardian (London, April 13, 1988). Said at Oscar presentation ceremony.
Brian De Palma
   said   
"The Biggest Mistake in Student Films is That They Are Usually Cast So Badly, With Friends and People the Directors Know."
Bryan Forbes
   said   
"Nothing Recedes Like Success."
British author, actor, filmmaker.
Charlie Chaplin
   said   
"All I Need to Make a Comedy is a Park, a Policeman and a Pretty Girl."
British comic actor, filmmaker.
Charlie Chaplin
   said   
"The Basic Essential of a Great Actor is That He Loves Himself in Acting."
British comic actor, filmmaker.
Charlie Chaplin
   said   
"Brunettes Are Troublemakers. They’re Worse Than the Jews."
British comic actor, filmmaker.
Charlie Chaplin
   said   
"Dictators Free Themselves, but They Enslave the People."
British comic actor, filmmaker.
Charlie Chaplin
   said   
"Have Them All Shot. I Don’t Want Any of My Workers Dissatisfied."
British comic actor, filmmaker.
Charlie Chaplin
   said   
"I Have No Further Use for America. I Wouldn’t Go Back There if Jesus Christ Was President."
British comic actor, filmmaker.
Charlie Chaplin
   said   
"The Saddest Thing I Can Imagine is to Get Used to Luxury."
British comic actor, filmmaker.
Christopher Nolan
   said   
"The Best Actors Instinctively Feel out What the Other Actors Need, and They Just Accommodate It."
Chuck Jones
   said   
"Anxiety is the Handmaiden of Creativity."
Curtis Hanson
   said   
"A Theme That Has Always Interested Me is the Difference Between How Things Appear and How They Are. Image Versus Reality."
David Cronenberg
   said   
"Censors Tend to Do What Only Psychotics Do: They Confuse Reality With Illusion."
Canadian filmmaker.
David Lynch
   said   
"This Whole World is Wild at Heart and Weird on Top."
U.S. filmmaker.
Derek Jarman
   said   
"The Preserve of Ambition and Folly in Pursuit of Illusion, or ... Delusion."
British filmmaker, artist, author.
Elia Kazan
   said   
"A Good Director's Not Sure when He Gets on Set What He's Going to Do."
Francis Ford Coppola
   said   
"Anything You Build on a Large Scale or With Intense Passion Invites Chaos."
Francis Ford Coppola
   said   
"Art Depends on Luck and Talent."
Frank Capra
   said   
"Compassion is a Two-way Street."
Frank Capra
   said   
"Film is One of the Three Universal Languages, the Other Two: Mathematics and Music."
Frank Capra
   said   
"A Hunch is Creativity Trying to Tell You Something."
Frank Capra
   said   
"If You Want to Send a Message, Try Western Union."
Frank Capra
   said   
"My Advice to Young Filmmakers is This: Don't Follow Trends. Start Them!"
Frank Darabont
   said   
"I Don't Think I'm Giving Away Any Secrets Here, but There's a Lot of Terrible Scripts in This Town."
George Lucas
   said   
"Although I Write Screenplays, I Don't Think I'm a Good Writer."
George Lucas
   said   
"Film is Not an Easy Occupation, There Are a Lot of Occupations That Are Difficult and Film is Just One of Them."
George Lucas
   said   
"Maybe Someday I'll Be Able to Shoot a Film I'm Proud Of."
George A Romero
   said   
"I Didn't Like Scream. I Thought Scream 2 Was Better."
George A Romero
   said   
"The Most Realistic Blood I've Seen is when Marlon Brando Gets Beat up in On The Waterfront."
George Roy Hill
   said   
"People Watch Luck Go by Them and They're Blind - They Never Reach out and Grab It."
Gus Van Sant
   said   
"And Later I Thought, I Can’t Think How Anyone Can Become a Director Without Learning the Craft of Cinematography."
Howard Hawkes
   said   
"I'm a Storyteller. That's the Chief Function of a Director."
Ian Shoales
   said   
"Sigmund Freud Was a Half-baked Viennese Quack. Our Literature, Culture, and the Films of Woody Allen Would Be Better Today if Freud Had Never Written a Word."
Jean-Luc Godard
   said   
"All You Need for a Movie is a Gun and a Girl."
French filmmaker, author.
Jean-Luc Godard
   said   
"Art Attracts Us Only by What It Reveals of Our Most Secret Self."
French filmmaker, author.
Jean-Luc Godard
   said   
"Photography is Truth. The Cinema is Truth Twenty-four Times Per Second."
French filmmaker,
Jean-Luc Godard
   said   
"The Truth is That There is No Terror Untempered by Some Great Moral Idea."
French filmmaker, author.
Jean Cocteau
   said   
"After the Writer’s Death, Reading His Journal is Like Receiving a Long Letter."
French author, filmmaker.
Jean Cocteau
   said   
"Art is Science Made Clear."
French author, filmmaker.
Jean Cocteau
   said   
"The Day of My Birth, My Death Began Its Walk. It is Walking Toward Me, Without Hurrying."
French author, filmmaker.
Jean Cocteau
   said   
"The Extreme Limit of Wisdom—that’s What the Public Calls Madness."
French author, filmmaker.
Jean Cocteau
   said   
"A Film is a Petrified Fountain of Thought."
French author, filmmaker.
Jean Cocteau
   said   
"In Paris, Everybody Wants to Be an Actor; Nobody is Content to Be a Spectator."
French author, filmmaker.
Jean Cocteau
   said   
"Life is a Horizontal Fall."
French author, filmmaker.
Jean Cocteau
   said   
"An Original Artist is Unable to Copy. So He Has Only to Copy in Order to Be Original."
French author, filmmaker
Jean Cocteau
   said   
"Tact in Audacity Consists in Knowing How Far We May Go Too Far."
French author, filmmaker.
Jean Cocteau
   said   
"The Worst Tragedy for a Poet is to Be Admired Through Being Misunderstood."
French author, filmmaker.
Jean Renoir
   said   
"A Director Makes Only One Movie in His Life. Then He Breaks It Into Pieces and Makes It Again."
John Carpenter
   said   
"In England I'm a Horror Movie Director, in Germany I'm a Filmmaker. In the US I'm a Bum."
John Huston
   said   
"Hollywood Has Always Been a Cage... a Cage to Catch Our Dreams."
John Huston
   said   
"I Don't Try to Guess What a Million People Will Like. It's Hard Enough to Know What I Like."
John Huston
   said   
"I Prefer to Think That God is Not Dead, Just Drunk."
John Singleton
   said   
"Is It Possible That There Are No Coincidences?"
Kirk Douglas
   said   
"Life is Like a B-picture Script. It is That Corny. If I Had My Life Story Offered to Me to Film, I'd Turn It Down."
Louis B. Mayer
   said   
"Be Smart, but Never Show It."
Louis Malle
   said   
"You Must Find the Note, the Correct Key, for Your Story. If You Find It, Everything Will Work."
Luis Buñuel
   said   
"I Can Only Wait for the Final Amnesia, the One That Can Erase an Entire Life."
Spanish filmmaker.
Luis Buñuel
   said   
"A Paranoiac ... Like a Poet, is Born, Not Made."
Spanish filmmaker.
Marguerite Duras
   said   
"Acting Doesn’t Bring Anything to a Text. On the Contrary, It Detracts from It."
French author, filmmaker.
Marguerite Duras
   said   
"It Was the Men I Deceived the Most That I Loved the Most."
French author, filmmaker.
Martin Scorsese
   said   
"I Just Wanted to Be an Ordinary Parish Priest."
Michael Crichton
   said   
"I Am Certain There is Too Much Certainty in the World."
Michael Winner
   said   
"During the Sixties, the Americans Thought I Was the Greatest Thing in the History of Cinema."
Michael Winner
   said   
"A Team Effort is a Lot of People Doing What I Say."
Michael Winner
   said   
"The Truth of the Matter is That Muggers Are Very Interesting People."
Mike Nichols
   said   
"The Only Safe Thing is to Take a Chance."
Milos Forman
   said   
"I Get out of the Taxi and It's Probably the Only City Which in Reality Looks Better Than on the Postcards. New York."
Milos Forman
   said   
"I Never Met Jim Carrey on the Set."
Neil La Butte
   said   
"Everyone Has a Story."
Nick Park
   said   
"If You Respect the Audience Enough, They Can Take Onboard Many Things."
Oliver Stone
   said   
"But I Suppose Film is Distinctive Because of Its Nature, of Its Being Able to Cut Through Time With Editing."
Orson Welles
   said   
"Ecstasy is Not Really Part of the Scene We Can Do on Celluloid."
U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer.
Orson Welles
   said   
"Everybody Denies I Am a Genius—but Nobody Ever Called Me One!"
U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer.
Orson Welles
   said   
"A Good Artist Should Be Isolated. If He Isn’t Isolated, Something is Wrong."
U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Interview, Hollywood Voices
Orson Welles
   said   
"I Hate Television. I Hate It As Much As Peanuts. But I Can’t Stop Eating Peanuts."
U.S. filmmaker.
Paul Schrader
   said   
"Each Time You Come Away, You Know, You Learn Something. You Get Better at Your Craft."
Pedro Almodovar
   said   
"I Was Born at a Bad Time for Spain, but a Really Good One for Cinema."
Phillip Noyce
   said   
"Making Movies is Eating Candy. It’s a Very Expensive Candy, So You Value when You Can Do It."
Quentin Tarantino
   said   
"Dogs Got Personality, Personality Goes a Long Way."
Quentin Tarantino
   said   
"I Actually Think One of My Strengths is My Storytelling."
Quentin Tarantino
   said   
"If a Million People See My Movie, I Hope They See a Million Different Movies."
Quentin Tarantino
   said   
"I Steal from Every Movie Ever Made."
Ridley Scott
   said   
"Cinema is a Matter of What’s in the Frame and What’s Out."
Ridley Scott
   said   
"If I Have To, I'll Go and Direct Theater and Talk Till the Cows Come Home."
Ridley Scott
   said   
"It's Everything and I Always Make Decisions About the Cast."
Ridley Scott
   said   
"Life Isn't Black and White. It's a Million Gray Areas, Don't You Find?"
Rita Mae Brown
   said   
"Television and Film Demand That People at All Levels Have Brass Balls or Brass Ovaries. Unfortunately, We Live in the Reign of the Eunuch."
Robert Altman
   said   
"Filmmaking is a Chance to Live Many Lives."
Robert Altman
   said   
"What's a Cult? It Just Means Not Enough People to Make a Majority."
Robert Rodriguez
   said   
"Don’t Be Told Something is Impossible. There’s Always a Way."
Roman Polanski
   said   
"Cinema Should Make You Forget You Are Sitting in a Theater."
Roman Polanski
   said   
"I Never Made a Film Which Fully Satisfied Me."
Roman Polanski
   said   
"Whenever I Get Happy, I Always Have a Terrible Feeling."
Sam Peckinpah
   said   
"The End of a Picture is Always an End of a Life."
Sam Peckinpah
   said   
"I Loved Westerns As a Kid, and I Wanted to See if They Held Up."
Samuel Goldwyn
   said   
"A Wide Screen Just Makes a Bad Film Twice As Bad."
Sidney Lumet
   said   
"For Any Director With a Little Lucidity, Masterpieces Are Films That Come to You by Accident."
Spike Lee
   said   
"A Lot of Times You Get Credit for Stuff in Your Movie You Didn't Intend to Be There."
Stanley Kubrick
   said   
""A Filmmaker Has Almost the Same Freedom As a Novelist Has when He Buys Himself Some Paper.”"
Stanley Kubrick
   said   
"I Don’t Actually Know Tom That Well."
Speaking about Tom Cruise
Stanley Kubrick
   said   
"If It Can Be Written, or Thought, It Can Be Filmed."
Stan Brakhage
   said   
"Art is a Sense of Magic."
Steven Soderbergh
   said   
"Lying is Like Alcoholism. You Are Always Recovering."
U.S. filmmaker.
Steven Soderbergh
   said   
"A Movie That Costs Only $1.6 Million Doesn’t Have to Be a Cultural Event to Turn a Profit."
Steven Spielberg
   said   
"Every Time I Go to a Movie, It’s Magic, No Matter What the Movie’s About."
Steven Spielberg
   said   
"I'd Rather Direct Than Produce. Any Day. And Twice on Sunday."
Steven Spielberg
   said   
"When I Grow Up, I Still Want to Be a Director."
Steven Spielberg
   said   
"Why Pay a Dollar for a Bookmark? Why Not Use the Dollar for a Bookmark?"
Tony Scott
   said   
"A Lot of Actors Talk About Doing Their Homework, but Very Few of Them Do It."
Vincente Minnelli
   said   
"Somebody Said, if You Give a Script to Five Different Famous Directors, You’d Get Five Different Pictures. And I Believe That."
William Friedkin
   said   
"The Audience Was Ready for That Type of Character, a Cop Who Would Take the Law Into His Own Hands and Hold Court in the Street."
Speaking about Popeye Doyle in The French Connection
William Friedkin
   said   
"I Really Think That Sex Always Looks Kind of Funny in a Movie."
William Friedkin
   said   
"Violence is Not Funny."
Wim Wenders
   said   
"The More Opinions You Have, the Less You See."
German filmmaker.
Woody Allen
   said   
"Bisexuality Immediately Doubles Your Chances for a Date on Saturday Night."
Woody Allen
   said   
"Dying is One of the Few Things That Can Be Done As Easily As Lying Down."
Woody Allen
   said   
"Eighty Percent of Success is Turning Up."
Woody Allen
   said   
"Harvard Makes Mistakes Too, You Know. Kissinger Taught There."
U.S. filmmaker, actor
Woody Allen
   said   
"I Don’t Want to Achieve Immortality Through My Work ... I Want to Achieve It Through Not Dying."
U.S. filmmaker.
Woody Allen
   said   
"I Finally Had an Orgasm and My Doctor Told Me It Was the Wrong Kind."
U.S. filmmaker
Woody Allen
   said   
"If My Film Makes One More Person Miserable, I've Done My Job."
Woody Allen
   said   
"If Only God Would Give Me Some Clear Sign! Like Making a Large Deposit in My Name at a Swiss Bank."
U.S. filmmaker.
Woody Allen
   said   
"In Beverly Hills ... They Don’t Throw Their Garbage Away. They Make It Into Television Shows."
U.S. filmmaker.
Woody Allen
   said   
"I Think Being Funny is Not Anyone’s First Choice."
U.S. filmmaker.


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