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I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
Francis Ford Coppola
Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.
Film spectators are quiet vampires.
To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.
If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right.
I was going to go to a four-year college and be an anthropologist or to an art school and be an illustrator when a friend convinced me to learn photography at the University of Southern California. Little did I know it was a school that taught you how to make movies! It had never occurred to me that I'd ever have any interest in filmmaking.
Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success.
There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education.
It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.
Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me.
The movies we love and admire are to some extent a function of who we are when we see them.
There's an electrical thing about movies.
Movies are something people see all over the world because there is a certain need for it.
The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn't.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Filmmaking is a completely imperfect art form that takes years and, over those years, the movie tells you what it is. Mistakes happen, accidents happen and true great films are the results of those mistakes and the decisions that those directors make during those moments.
Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that.
If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office.
I'm not a real movie star. I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
The end of a picture is always an end of a life.
I think it would be very boring dramatically to have a film where everybody was a lawyer or doctor and had no faults. To me, the most important thing is to be truthful.
A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
Acting is not about being famous, it's about exploring the human soul.
A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan.
If you're sitting in your minivan, playing your computer animated films for your children in the back seat, is it the animation that's entertaining you as you drive and listen? No, it's the storytelling. That's why we put so much importance on story. No amount of great animation will save a bad story.
The great art of films does not consist of descriptive movement of face and body but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
Leonardo da Vinci
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