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I don't have a director.
by Hal Holbrook

I don't have a director.
The audience directs me.
- Hal Holbrook

I got a feeling about political correctness.
I hate it.
It causes us to lie silently instead of saying what we think.
- Hal Holbrook

Man is the religious animal.
He is the only one that's got true religion,
several of them.
- Hal Holbrook

Man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him.
At that moment, man finds his character.
And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.
- Hal Holbrook

 

I have a suicide impulse.
- Hal Holbrook

We don't have truth delivered to us very often,
especially in this very commercialized world.
- Hal Holbrook

One of the problems with putting Huck Finn into a movie or on the stage is,
you always make the white people stupid and racist.
The point is, they don't know they're racist.
- Hal Holbrook

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You can go into Mark Twain's material and prove anything you want.
He was against war.
He was for war.
He was against rich people and he was for them.
He was a kaleidoscope.
- Hal Holbrook

I developed a resistance to authority.
Not to discipline - I learned that.
But to authority.
I like to think for myself.
And I like to cause trouble.
- Hal Holbrook

There's no good guys and bad guys.
- Hal Holbrook

To communicate with each other, we got to get mad at each other sometimes.
- Hal Holbrook

Mark Twain cannot be defined.
- Hal Holbrook

We live in a democracy.
We have this extraordinary opportunity to use our mind and say what we think,
speak as we think.
Sometimes what we say is objectionable to other people.
But that is part of a free society.
- Hal Holbrook

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul,
the director of his life.
- James Allen

I'm a performer, comedian, entertainer,
writer and director.
- William Shatner

I became, and remain, my characters' close and intent watcher:
their director,
never.
Their creator I cannot feel that I was,
or am.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Working with a great director is like getting a master class in acting.
- Swoosie Kurtz

Of all the projects I've worked on, I've never worked
with another director like Billy Friedkin.
I think he's a genius.
- Linda Blair

Indeed, the actor's lot is a much harder one than that of the director's,
from one simple standpoint: The actor has to play the eight shows a week.
- Charles Keating

Time management is a big part of the director's job.
- Debbie Allen

What I think happens, and that you have to acknowledge though,
is that a director uses a book as a launching pad for
his own work and that's always very flattering.
- Katherine Dunn

I'm an actress who likes a strong, communicative director.
- Kristin Davis

I think that's the key to being a director:
to be able to get the shot and move on quickly.
- Bobby Farrelly

I have only one rule in acting - trust the director
and give him heart and soul.
- Ava Gardner

To work with a director that has emotional commitment
and passion toward the characters,
and the piece, and the experiences, it only enriches your work.
- Jessica Lange

The fact that I'm sleeping with the director may have something to do with it.
- Frances McDormand

The director is the only person who knows what the film is about.
- Satyajit Ray

I was six years old when I saw my first Godard movie,
eight when I first experienced Bergman.
I wanted to be a director when I was fourteen.
- Julie Delpy

Film is shot in fragments, and the same moments can
be shot again and again until the director is satisfied.
- Bruce Beresford

I would never have become music director of the Chicago Symphony,
which would have been an extremely sad loss.
- Georg Solti

I think drug movies free the director to make intense films.
- Ray Liotta

Ultimately in the end, it's the director's choice.
- Donnie Wahlberg

The magic doesn't come from within the director's mind,
it comes from within the hearts of the actors.
- James Cameron

Every casting director I've met is a woman.
- Cameron Diaz

In England, I'm a horror movie director.
In Germany, I'm a filmmaker.
In the US, I'm a bum.
- John Carpenter

I think Van Sant is the most important American director we have.
He takes the most risks.
He's just pure to me.
- Michael Pitt

I always claim that the writer has done 90 percent of the director's work.
- Harold Ramis

A good director creates an environment,
which gives the actor the encouragement to fly.
- Kevin Bacon

It's pretty clear to me that working as a director for hire agrees with me.
I like it.
The films that have come out of that,
I personally like better than the ones that didn't.
- Steven Soderbergh

I write music to please myself.
Hopefully the director's enjoying it too.
- Carter Burwell

The joy about the recording is that you are your own boss.
You don't have a director telling you how to do it.
- Jim Dale

When you're artistic director of a program,
you present the music you want to present.
- Stanley Crouch

I'm a director's actor; I'm a storyteller's actor.
- Michael Ironside

For any director with a little lucidity,
masterpieces are films that come to you by accident.
- Sidney Lumet

I think every director has a different take,
some are good, some are bad.
The directors you get on best with sometimes don't make the best films,
so who's to say who is right.
- Tim Roth

The worst thing for an actor is a director that gets
on your nerves and says things that actually confuse you.
- Stephen Rea

The thing that separates a so-so director and a great
director is a love and caring for film.
- Shirley Knight

In the studio the director controls the actor's every move,
every inflection, every expression.
- Bela Lugosi

When you look at a movie, you look at a director's thought process.
- Oliver Stone

I'm becoming a frustrated director, I think,
in an actor's body.
- David Wenham

The first thing I ask when I'm offered a part is,
Who's the director? which is something they never understand in Los Angeles.
- Swoosie Kurtz

It was my band.
I organized the band and Dizzy was in the band.
Dizzy was the first musical director with the band.
Charlie Parker was in the band.
But, no, no, that was my band.
- Billy Eckstine

I was very fortunate in having David Fincher,
the director come to me.
Now I've seen the finished product, I feel that every
bit of the nine months we spent on the film was worth it.
- Dwight Yoakam

George Tenet has been the director of central intelligence since 1997,
time enough to have changed the Agency's culture.
He has failed.
He should go.
- Richard Perle

I had pictured myself as a filmmaker but I had never
pictured myself as a director if that makes any sense at all.
- James Cameron

An actor really suffers when the director isn't prepared
because you start running out of time for the shoot
and then have to do it fast.
- Carol Kane

You hope and pray that you'll get involved with a director
that you understand and who has the same sensibility
as you do and knows how to push you and bring out the best in you.
- Matthew Modine

When I made my first film, I didn't think of it as directing,
so it wasn't like I set out to become a director.
- Kathryn Bigelow

My guess is that if they now choose to change of director for every other film,
it's just because you can't really change the formula,
you can merely try to film it your way.
- Guy Hamilton

The director, of course, was Bob Fosse.
But again, I worked with my father to prepare for the role.
- Liza Minnelli

The film director, in many instances,
has to swallow somebody else's decision about the final form of something.
It's so hard as to be intolerable.
- Trevor Nunn

After all, at end of the day, when you're breathing your last,
it's not your producer, director, or cast mates by your bedside;
it's your children.
Keep that in mind.
- John Ratzenberger

It's a dumb question, because I don't look at things as a black director,
just as a director, so ask me as a director first and
we can segue into the colour thing later.
- Antoine Fuqua

I always think that a director who knows about the technical side,
but cares about the acting performances and casting as well,
is ahead of the game.
- Bob Balaban

Film is a dramatised reality and it is the director's
job to make it appear real...
an audience should not be conscious of technique.
- David Lean

Most actors are insecure enough already without having
a director who adds to that.
- Marie Windsor

Now, I have big-money offers on three movies,
and I have director approval.
That's kind of scary,' he says.
'No directors have been attached.
That's a lot of pressure on me.
- Cuba Gooding, Jr.

The film of tomorrow will resemble the person who made it,
and the number of spectators will be proportional to
the number of friends the director has.
- Francois Truffaut

My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director.
- Cole Porter

I didn't so much choose the film as director Claire Denis chose me.
- Beatrice Dalle


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