Cinema Quotes

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Slavoj Žižek
“Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire - it tells you how to desire.”
Slavoj Žižek

Eoin Colfer
“That was horrible. Horrible. That poor little guy."
Pex was unrepentant. "Yeah, well, he asked for it. Calling us ... all those things."
But---buried alive! That's like in that horror movie. Y'know -- the one with all the horror."
I think I saw that one. With all the words going up on the screen at the end?"
Yeah, that was it. Tell you the truth, those words kinda ruined it for me.”
Eoin Colfer, The Eternity Code

Federico Fellini
“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life. ”

“There either is or is not, that’s the way things are. The colour of the day. The way it felt to be a child. The saltwater on your sunburnt legs. Sometimes the water is yellow, sometimes it’s red. But what colour it may be in memory, depends on the day. I’m not going to tell you the story the way it happened. I’m going to tell it the way I remember it.

— Great Expectations (1998) directed by Alfonso Cuarón”
Mitch Glazer

“Usually when you see females in movies, they feel like they have these metallic structures around them, they are caged by male energy.”

Roger Zelazny
“Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.”
Roger Zelazny, Prince of Chaos

Martin Scorsese
“Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out”
Martin Scorsese

“I foresee no possibility of venturing into themes showing a closer view of reality for a long time to come. The public itself will not have it. What it wants is a gun and a girl.”
D.W. Griffith

François Truffaut
“But the cinephile is … a neurotic! (That’s not a pejorative term.) The Bronte sisters were neurotic, and it’s because they were neurotic that they read all those books and became writers. The famous French advertising slogan that says, “When you love life, you go to the movies,” it’s false! It’s exactly the opposite: when you don’t love life, or when life doesn’t give you satisfaction, you go to the movies.”
François Truffaut

Werner Herzog
“Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read...if you don't read, you will never be a filmmaker.”
Werner Herzog

Woody Allen
“My films are therapy for my debilitating depression. In institutions people weave baskets. I make films.”
Woody Allen

Derek Jarman
“Oh how Shakespeare would have loved cinema!”
Derek Jarman, Dancing Ledge

Richelle Mead
“Do you know anything about silent films?"
"Sure," I said. "The first ones were developed in the late nineteenth century and sometimes had live musical accompaniment, though it wasn't until the 1920s that sound became truly incorporated into films, eventually making silent ones obsolete in cinema.”
Richelle Mead, Bloodlines

François Truffaut
“Today, I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between; I am not interested in all those films that do not pulse.”
Francois Truffaut, The Films in My Life

Martin Amis
“I am easily moved to tears and rarely survive a visit to the cinema without shedding them, racked, as I am, by the most perfunctory, meretricious or even callously sentimental attempts at poignancy (something about the exterior of the human face, so vast and palpable, with the eyes and the lips: it is all writ too large for me, too immediate for me.)”
Martin Amis, Experience: A Memoir

André Bazin
“The cinema substitutes for our gaze a world more in harmony with our desires.”
André Bazin

Luis Buñuel
“Sometimes, watching a movie is a bit like being raped.”
Luis Buñuel, My Last Sigh

Robert Bresson
“Cinematography is a writing with images in mouvement and with sounds.”
Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer

Andrei Tarkovsky
“When less than everything has been said about a subject, you can still think on further. The alternative is for the audience to be presented with a final deduction (...) no effort on their part.
What can it mean to them when they have not shared with the author the misery and joy of bringing an image into being?”
Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time

Ingmar Bergman
“The time between midnight and dawn when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most palatable. It is the hour when the sleepless are pursued by their sharpest anxieties, when ghosts and demons hold sway. The hour of the wolf is also the hour when most children are born.”
Ingmar Bergman

Alfred Hitchcock
“In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I call 'photographs of people talking.' When we tell a story in cinema we should resort to dialogue only when it's impossible to do otherwise. I always try to tell a story in the cinematic way, through a succession of shots and bits of film in between.”
Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock

J. Michael Straczynski
“Avoid the tyranny of the reasonable will guarantee a complacency of never trying anything adventurous...”
J. Michael Straczynski

Barbara Cartland
“We didn't need sex. We had Tyrone Power.”
Barbara Cartland

Werner Herzog
“Am I in the wrong place here, or in the wrong life? Did I not recognize, as I sat in a train that raced past a station and did not stop, that I was on the wrong train, and did I not learn from the conductor that the train would not stop at the next station, either, a hundred kilometers away, and did he not also admit to me, whispering with his hand shielding his mouth, that the train would not stop again at all?”
Werner Herzog, Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo

Robert Bresson
“Two types of films: those that employ the resources of the theater (actors, direction, etc...) and use the camera in order to reproduce; those that employ the resources of cinematography and use the camera to create”
Robert Bresson , Notes on the Cinematographer

Crispin Hellion Glover
“R means under 18 accompanied by an adult. Therefore all corporately funded films in the US must be made with the concept that those under the age of 18 are able to view the film. This means all corporately funded films in the US are made for the eyes of children.”
Crispin H. Glover

Werner Herzog
“Amos Vogel was a mentor, a guiding light for me. In his presence, you always rose. But his importance to me is of minor significance. What is significant is that with him an entire epoch ends. The Last Lion has left us.
I am still not capable – or rather unwilling – to understand the fact that Amos passed away, because a man like him cannot be dead. His traces are everywhere.

(on the passing of Amos Vogel, his friend for more than 45 years)”
Werner Herzog

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Don't be a zombie for anyone, if your oppressor likes zombies, cinemas are not located in mars.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Robert Bresson
“Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention: people look without seeing, listen in without hearing”
Robert Bresson

Jean Baudrillard
“Today cinema can place all its talent, all its technology in the service of reanimating what it itself contributed to liquidating. It only resurrects ghosts, and it itself is lost therein.”
Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation

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