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When idealism shatters art gets into trouble.
If you channel Freud tell him I want my money back.
Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith get married, they have problems, they get back together and they live happily ever after. End of the movie. Two weeks later, he kills her, grinds her body up, feeds it to his girlfriend who dies of ptomaine poisoning, and her husband is prosecuted and sent to the electric chair for it — but here’s our own little story with the happy ending. What is an ending? There’s no such thing. Death is the only ending.
Stardom isn’t a career, it’s an accident.
Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends.
The one thing I learned from Jesus is don’t be a damn martyr!
We both love someone for whom everything else comes first.
No, it’s a vocation.
Why don’t I have any self-respect?
You’re an actress, honey.
If we are not our brother’s keeper, at least let us not be his executioner.
If a studio offered to pay me as much to sweep the floor as it did to act, I’d sweep the floor.
We don’t make movies for critics, since they don’t pay to see them anyhow.
A new creature, the movie star, lived in places of rapture, and escape.
Unpalatable truth in life is buried under layers of lies.
If you don’t know Cousins, you know movies: not nearly well enough: correct that this hour.
When I first started acting, and we would all sit down and talk about Shakespeare and how great it was, I thought well, I suppose it is. It is if you get to play Macbeth or Hamlet. But who wants to play bloody Lady Macbeth or Ophelia? And it struck me that most women seem to be required to pit themselves against men in dramatic situations, and the men got to pit themselves against ideas or God.
The old rule from the silent days: comedy in long shot, tragedy in closeup.
(Violence, sex in movies) Like the toy in a Crackerjack box: Worthless, but you feel cheated it it’s not there.
Realism is not the same thing as reality.
Horror lurking underneath [an] affluent surface
Strange but true: The more specific a film is, the more universal, because the more it understands individual characters, the more it applies to everyone.
Every genre is a kind of spoiler.
Film “Auteur” Theory: A bunch of guys standing around trying to catch someone shoving art up into the crevices of dreck.
How do directors and producers feel about each other? Total reciprocal mistrust.
We belong dead.
I don’t want democracy to rear its ugly head when it comes to filmmaking.
Those little virgins, after five minutes you got sick of playing them – to make them more interesting was hard work.
Instead of writing criticism, I now film it.
All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.
Film: the history of men photographing women.
(Mark Cousins points out that with Claire Denis film has become a woman photographing men.)
There is no point in having sharp images when you’ve fuzzy ideas.
Still it seems to me the expression on my face must mean something.
(dialogue by Godard, face by Marina Vlady)
In my ‘hood the cops come a week after you’re dead.
Film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates.
Church is for brunettes.
Take myself: subtract movies; and the result is zero.
It’s impossible for one to be totally honest about oneself:
it’s much easier when pretending to be other people.
Just ghosts of the people we once thought we were.
Film-making is like spermatozoa. Only one in a million makes it.
The more I go to the movies, the more I like French movies.
One day I’ll make a film for the critics, when I have money to lose.
Aren’t you carrying?
No. If I carry, I draw. If I draw, I fire. So, no thank you, no.
I don’t think luxury is her default mode. I don’t think she likes luxury, actually. I think she’d be far happier on a tractor with muddy boots in the kitchen and lots of dogs running around.
I think it is very unattractive for me to be seen fawning over little, tiny girls.
The movies have been crowbars that Hollywood’s humanists have used for a generation to pry Americans away from their first principles: religious, moral, and cultural.
The shackles of stardom
Pushed me over the abyss and then jumped in after me
The audience is the real teacher and it’s the audience that has taught me what I know.
I found that a conflict of styles … worked for me.
Kill! Kill! Kill!
Commit adultery, covet things all the week,
And on Sunday, on Sunday,
Beat up your mother, your father, your sister,
Beat up the young one and steal,
Because everything belongs to you.
Everything belongs to you!
(the song that launches Dekalog X)
It’s better to be type-cast, than not cast at all.
[The Star Wars] series ate the heart and soul of Hollywood.
Good taste [for Billy Wilder] was another name for censorship.
Less money, more freedom
It’s exciting … you know, it’s fun, it’s fake.
Art is the ability to convey that we are not alone.
“Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?”
There is only one way of thinking in cinema: poetically.
Leonardo, sinister. I’ve always been terrified of Leonardo.
Film is a mosaic of time.
In his endless search for the truth, man is condemned to knowledge.
Don’t turn a science problem into a common love story.
Is that which is harmful to life also indispensible to it?
Love is a feeling we can experience but never explain.
On the bedrock of humility you can build any structure.
Fred C. Dobbs and his fellow gold diggers are being kidnapped by some Mexican indigenes. The chief’s son is sick, they want Walter Huston’s character to cure him. Houston instructs Dobbs to accept the tobacco the villagers are offering and to give them some of his in return.
This immortal wisdom (ironic, of course) has been buzzing my brain for a few days now. I credit it with laying a trench (back in the early 1950s) for my own depths.
Bogart is at his best and Houston is even better.
Film should be like a pebble in a shoe.
(That is, film should necessitate a little pain.)
I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
What are you rebelling against?
What do you got?
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