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A director must be a policeman, a midwife,
by Billy Wilder

A director must be a policeman, a midwife,
a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.
- Billy Wilder

If you're going to tell people the truth,
be funny or they'll kill you.
- Billy Wilder

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

He has Van Gogh's ear for music.
- Billy Wilder

 

Shoot a few scenes out of focus.
I want to win the foreign film award.
- Billy Wilder

We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.
- Billy Wilder

If there's anything I hate more than being taken seriously,
it's being taken too seriously.
- Billy Wilder

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I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time,
but you're twenty minutes.
- Billy Wilder

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.
- Billy Wilder

I would rather sleep in a bathroom than in another hotel.
- Billy Wilder

It was hell at the time, but after it was over,
it was wonderful.
- Billy Wilder

What critics call dirty in our pictures,
they call lusty in foreign films.
- Billy Wilder

Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.
- Billy Wilder

You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.
- Billy Wilder

I'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked
in a better neighborhood.
- Billy Wilder

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
- Billy Wilder

They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes
and they will undoubtedly keep trying.
But it won't work.
She was an original.
- Billy Wilder

Don't be too clever for an audience.
Make it obvious.
Make the subtleties obvious also.
- Billy Wilder

France is a place where the money falls apart in your
hands but you can't tear the toilet paper.
- Billy Wilder

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.
- Billy Wilder

France is the country where the money falls apart and
you can't tear the toilet paper.
- Billy Wilder

An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing.
But if he enters through the window,
you've got a situation.
- Billy Wilder

My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production,
but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?
- Billy Wilder

I have ten commandments.
The first nine are, thou shalt not bore.
The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.
- Billy Wilder

One's too many, and a hundred's not enough.
- Billy Wilder

Hollywood didn't kill Marilyn Monroe,
it's the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood.
- Billy Wilder

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

Obviously in Art of Noise, I'm just part of the group,
and when I do film scores, it's always in collaboration
with the director and other people involved.
- Anne Dudley

You have to write a good score that you feel good about.
At least, you're supposed to.
But, if the director hates it, it ain't going to be in the movie!
- Danny Elfman

My background was art school, documentary director
and surfer with a keen interest in thrilling acts of
life threatening stupidity.
- Yahoo Serious

There were movies that always made me want to be a director.
You see brilliant scenes and the way the emotions were handled.
I thought, I'd really like to do that.
- Bruce Beresford

I think one of the major things a director has to do
is to know his subject matter,
the subject matter of his script, know the truth and the reality of it.
That's very important.
- Robert Wise

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

I got space from Travis Air Force Base,
went back to the Philippine Islands and made it a point
to meet the only American casting director in the Philippines.
I was off and running.
- R. Lee Ermey

You have a right to your opinion about the work that you're doing.
An artist is as equally important as the director.
If you believe that, you can work in any circumstances.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal

When I work, I work very hard.
So I look to work with people who have that level of dedication.
And I depend on that from everyone.
From the director to my crews that I work with.
- Tom Cruise

One tries to be an observer as an actor and indeed
as a director because the small things,
the give-away things are what are really interesting to a performer.
- Janet Suzman

I'm not aware that I was consciously influenced by any director,
though these things often happen unnoticed,
submerged in the unconscious.
- William Peter Blatty

As a director, I've been able to combine with what
I've learned as an actor and as a producer:
it melds quite nicely into what I feel like I should
have been doing all along.
- Griffin Dunne

As a director he was not that interested in Vader.
- David Prowse

I will work with a director who has good material because at the end of the day,
that's what counts.
- Javier Bardem

I was taken to one place by a director,
and he bought me a lap dance.
- Lexa Doig

Richard Marquand, on Jedi, was very much an actor's director.
- Peter Mayhew

But in the UK, I've given up any hope of being considered a director.
- Mel Smith

It's kind of interesting to be a director who is all
of a sudden being an actor playing an agent.
This is my whole world!
- Mark Rydell

I think film and television are really a director's medium,
whereas theatre is the actor's medium.
- Christopher Eccleston

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

And later I thought, I can't think how anyone can become
a director without learning the craft of cinematography.
- Nicolas Roeg

Mankiewicz was a brilliant director.
- Richard Widmark

I realized the exciting place was behind the camera with the producer,
director and so on.
- Dino De Laurentiis

When I was very young I wanted to be a professional horseback rider.
Then I wanted to be a pop singer.
Then I wanted to be a psychiatrist.
Then I wanted to be a movie director.
- Rebecca De Mornay

For a director, the most challenging scenes are the dialogue scenes.
- Bruce Beresford

As a director, you try to find what is creative.
- Jan de Bont

Any time you talk about the look of the film,
it's not just the director and the director of photography.
You have to include the costume designer and the production designer.
- Spike Lee

My interests were aroused, and my faith in the cliches
of the subject destroyed,
as so often with other subjects, by the discussions with my friend,
Aaron Director.
- George Stigler

I have no idea what makes a director believe in me
that I can sell these kind of roles.
- Izabella Scorupco

I'm not like one of those actors who's a frustrated director.
- Gary Sinise

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

I have been a director who has starred,
participated on both sides of the filmmaking process.
- Keenen Ivory Wayans

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

I directed before I was even in television;
I directed in the theatre for seven years,
so that was my trade anyway.
But in the UK, I've given up any hope of being considered a director.
- Mel Smith

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

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

When I grow up, I still want to be a director.
- Steven Spielberg

It's natural for any actor that segues into directing
to be an actor's director.
You know how to relate to the actors.
- Omar Epps

And I think one way or another it's evident to those
who work with me that as a writer,
a director, a friend, as somebody's there that's very
anxious to get the movie made.
- Robert Towne

Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally,
it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer,
an editor, a director.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

I want to take roles that challenge me and I want to
like the script and obviously feel connected with the
director because the director to me is so important.
- Amy Smart

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

On stage, the audience watches from a fixed viewpoint
and the director cannot retake something he doesn't like.
It has to work straight through.
- Bruce Beresford


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