Film Quotes

Quotes tagged as "film" (showing 1-30 of 505)
Chuck Palahniuk
“The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.”
Chuck Palahniuk

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

Alain de Botton
“The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be.”
Alain de Botton

“I wish I’d done everything on Earth with you.”
Baz Luhrmann

Alfred Hitchcock
“Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.”
Alfred Hitchcock

Ingmar Bergman
“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
Ingmar Bergman

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

Cecily von Ziegesar
“Just because we can't be together doesn't mean I don't love you”
Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl

Sean Penn
“When everything gets answered, it's fake.”
Sean Penn

Jim Morrison
“Is everybody in? Is everybody in? Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin. The entertainment for this evening is not new, you've seen this entertainment through and through you have seen your birth, your life, your death....you may recall all the rest. Did you have a good world when you died? -enough to base a movie on??”
Jim Morrison, An American Prayer

Kurt Vonnegut
“Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

Werner Herzog
“Academia is the death of cinema. It is the very opposite of passion. Film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates.”
Werner Herzog

Roger Ebert
“It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.”
Roger Ebert

Federico Fellini
“I don’t like the idea of “understanding” a film. I don’t believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn’t. If you are moved by it, you don’t need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it.”
Federico Fellini

Stanley Kubrick
“I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don't want.”
Stanley Kubrick

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

Paulo Coelho
“Up until then, whenever anyone had mentioned the possibility of making a film adaptation, my answer had always been, ‘No, I’m not interested.’ I believe that each reader creates his own film inside his head, gives faces to the characters, constructs every scene, hears the voices, smells the smells. And that is why, whenever a reader goes to see a film based on a novel that he likes, he leaves feeling disappointed, saying: ‘the book is so much better than the film.”
Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

“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

Pauline Kael
“A good movie can take you out of your dull funk and the hopelessness that so often goes with slipping into a theatre; a good movie can make you feel alive again, in contact, not just lost in another city. Good movies make you care, make you believe in possibilities again. If somewhere in the Hollywood-entertainment world someone has managed to break through with something that speaks to you, then it isn’t all corruption. The movie doesn’t have to be great; it can be stupid and empty and you can still have the joy of a good performance, or the joy in just a good line. An actor’s scowl, a small subversive gesture, a dirty remark that someone tosses off with a mock-innocent face, and the world makes a little bit of sense. Sitting there alone or painfully alone because those with you do not react as you do, you know there must be others perhaps in this very theatre or in this city, surely in other theatres in other cities, now, in the past or future, who react as you do. And because movies are the most total and encompassing art form we have, these reactions can seem the most personal and, maybe the most important, imaginable. The romance of movies is not just in those stories and those people on the screen but in the adolescent dream of meeting others who feel as you do about what you’ve seen. You do meet them, of course, and you know each other at once because you talk less about good movies than about what you love in bad movies.”
Pauline Kael, For Keeps: 30 Years at the Movies

Hayao Miyazaki
“We live in an age when it is cheaper to buy the rights to movies than to make them.”
Hayao Miyazaki

Charles Bukowski
“people see so many movies that when they finally see one not so bad as the others, they think it's great. an Academy Award means that you don't stink quite as much as your cousin.”
Charles Bukowski, The Last Night of the Earth Poems

Orson Welles
“In my opinion, there are two things that can absolutely not be carried to the screen: the realistic presentation of the sexual act and praying to God.”
Orson Welles

Benedict Cumberbatch
“I've seen and swam and climbed and lived and driven and filmed. Should it all end tomorrow, I can definitely say there would be no regrets. I am very lucky, and I know it. I really have lived 5,000 times over.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

Orson Welles
“You're beautful. Yes you are, you're very very beautiful. Extremely beautiful.”
Orson Welles

Benedict Cumberbatch
“[on Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins] It was great. I got to hang out with him, and I kept a straight face for a bit and then I started giggling because I know Martin, I don't know Bilbo. For Martin to be sitting there playing Bilbo is amazing. He's going to be amazing, he's going to be fantastic in this film.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

Satyajit Ray
“Last, but not least -- in fact, this is most important -- you need a happy ending. However, if you can create tragic situations and jerk a few tears before the happy ending, it will work much better.”
Satyajit Ray, The Bandits of Bombay

Orson Welles
“Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.”
Orson Welles

Benedict Cumberbatch
“The first time we did cavalry charge I was so breathless with excitement I nearly fell off the horse. I actually saw stars in front of my eyes and thought I was going to faint. The second time I had a bit more control but was still giddy with excitement. And the third time I was an emotional wreck. I had to really try hard not to cry.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

Alfred Hitchcock
“I'm sure anyone who likes a good crime, provided it is not the victim.”
Alfred Hitchcock

Krzysztof Kieślowski
“We all steal, but if we're smart we steal from great directors. Then, we can call it influence.”
Krzysztof Kieslowski
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