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" A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard. "
" I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes. "
" They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won't work. She was an original. "
" My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production, but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie? "
" Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award. "
" If there's anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, it's being taken too seriously. "
" Hindsight is always twenty-twenty. "
" An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation. "
" The best director is the one you don't see. "
" It was hell at the time, but after it was over, it was wonderful. "
" Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon. "
" I would rather sleep in a bathroom than in another hotel. "
" He has Van Gogh's ear for music. "
" We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre. "
" France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can't tear the toilet paper. "
" Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's. "
" An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius. "
" France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper. "
" Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window - that is at once interesting. "
" You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning. "
" Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also. "
" If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you. "
" I'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood. "
" I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut. "
" What critics call dirty in our pictures, they call lusty in foreign films. "