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With a film, I do my best to understand the author's
by Bruce Beresford

With a film, I do my best to understand the author's
intentions and try to bring the characters to life.
- Bruce Beresford

Everyone has seen photographs of Mexicans wearing those big sombreros.
When you come to Mexico, the astonishing thing is,
nobody wears these hats at all.
- Bruce Beresford

He's wrong.
That's why his films look so terrible.
- Bruce Beresford

When the music and the characters are flawlessly synchronized,
the opera develops an emotional force that movies and plays cannot match.
- Bruce Beresford

 

The number of opera houses around the world and the
high attendance rates show that opera an art form that
is more popular than ever.
- Bruce Beresford

Directing an opera is similar to directing a play.
The singing must not get in the way of the drama.
- Bruce Beresford

It is essential to do everything possible to attract
young people to opera so they can see that it is not
some antiquated art form but a repository of the most
glorious music and drama that man has created.
- Bruce Beresford

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Perhaps the most difficult thing is shooting scenes
set 6,000 feet up in the mountains of Mexico.
- Bruce Beresford

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

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

With Cold Sassy Tree having its first production,
I saw no necessity to do anything other than produce
it with the correct setting.
- Bruce Beresford

In silent movies, they tended to put the camera down,
and everybody walked in front of it and acted,
and then they all walked off.
Cutting was quite infrequent.
- Bruce Beresford

The music of the most popular operas is so highly esteemed,
it can stand endless revivals.
- Bruce Beresford

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

In opera, everyone's watching from a fixed viewpoint,
and that really challenges you.
Lighting, the sets, stage groupings,
the music-but doesn't relate too much to film.
- Bruce Beresford

In my view, the operas of Carlisle Floyd will find
a place in the permanent repertoire.
- Bruce Beresford

I didn't get upset because I wasn't nominated,
but I was a little surprised.
- Bruce Beresford

When I was 24 I went to Nigeria and it was such a culture shock,
growing up in Australia and suddenly being the only
white man in this unit full of black men.
- Bruce Beresford

It's not enough to hit the notes.
There is no point in the singers just standing there
and sounding wonderful if they're not connecting with
the characters they are portraying.
- Bruce Beresford

There's a bright spot in every dark cloud.
- Bruce Beresford

Quite a few operas are still being commissioned around the world,
although nothing apart from audience popularity can
ensure more than a few performances.
- Bruce Beresford

At HBO, they seem to be well-informed.
They make what I think are really quite mature films.
- Bruce Beresford

I'd really been interested in opera when I was about 16,
and I really like staging them.
- Bruce Beresford

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

In Australia, they set up a special fund to kick films off.
It was quite an enlightened sort of move.
You could go to this government bureau with scripts
and and get finance for films.
- Bruce Beresford

Tender Mercies is a very low-budget film,
but it was a huge budget compared to anything I had done in Australia.
My fee for Tender Mercies was something like five times
all of my Australian films combined.
- Bruce Beresford

When we were trying to get the money for Driving Miss Daisy,
everyone kept saying no one could direct it well enough
to entertain an audience for 100 minutes essentially
watching three people chatting in the kitchen.
- Bruce Beresford

I don't rehearse films as much as opera or theatre.
When I began directing films I thought a long rehearsal was a good idea.
Experience showed me that the best performance was
often left in a rehearsal room.
- Bruce Beresford

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
- Jean Cocteau

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
- Roger Ebert

The length of a film should be directly related to
the endurance of the human bladder.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Every single art form is involved in film,
in a way.
- Sydney Pollack

A good film is when the price of the dinner,
the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
- Alfred Hitchcock

The secret to film is that it's an illusion.
- George Lucas

Film spectators are quiet vampires.
- Jim Morrison

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

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated.
The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I never enjoyed working in a film.
- Marlene Dietrich

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
- Samuel Goldwyn

I don't think you should feel about a film.
You should feel about a woman, not a movie.
You can't kiss a movie.
- Jean-Luc Godard

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

Film lovers are sick people.
- Francois Truffaut

Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole,
it would be about me.
- Federico Fellini

This film cost $31 million.
With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.
- Clint Eastwood

So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?
- Christina Aguilera

In our film profession you may have Gable's looks,
Tracy's art, Marlene's legs or Liz's violet eyes,
but they don't mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage.
- Frank Capra

So I am getting a little bored with defining one type
of film as American and the other European or from
somewhere else because the division is no longer true.
- Wim Wenders

IBM was the original contractor for much of the computer
interface design on the film.
- Douglas Trumbull

In every character I play, I try to imbibe something.
Every film is a learning process for me.
- Ajay Naidu

Sometimes it's great, sometimes it's bad.
I think the film could have been a lot better.
- Rod Steiger

I really wanted to go onstage.
Not movies.
But I ended up under contract to Paramount.
Now I adore film work.
- Marion Ross

Directing is creating a whole.
You're able to combine different elements and create
a film that is unique and true to your vision.
- Tim Robbins

Every time I hear, Cut.
Print, something cold and electrical goes off in my head,
because I'm never going to change that film.
- David Ogden Stiers

It's never a script that makes me decide to accept a film or not.
- Jean-Louis Trintignant

You can't be pregnant in leotards, and this is the
last chance for us to get our bodies into the shape
of concert dancers and capture it with the magic of film.
- Patrick Swayze

Altman works in such an interesting way,
letting things occur in the film even if he didn't particularly plan them.
- Julie Christie

I've always been fascinated by Asian culture,
and I love that women can play the lead in a horror film.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar

When I watch a film I get swept away.
I don't really watch the camera.
- William H. Macy

Television and film are our libraries now.
Our history books.
- David Strathairn

I began to realise that film sees the world differently than the human eye,
and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph
more powerful than what you actually observed.
- Galen Rowell

It would be great to make a movie that had the style of a great '30's film.
- Laura Dern

To me, length is an artificial and arbitrary factor in a film.
- Frank Darabont

I'd love to be in another film, but they haven't asked me.
I think it's a shame but the prospects of me doing
another one now are remote.
Please do campaign on my behalf.
- Julie Walters

Film is a very intimate medium.
- David Morse

All the arts are predominantly national,
and therefore the Australian Film Commission should be funding us.
The battle gets more and more vicious each year.
- Ann Macbeth

I have lots of favourite memories but I can't say that I have a favourite film.
- John Hurt

You seldom get that in film where you're lucky if you
get any say at all in the final cut.
- Greta Scacchi

A good opening and a good ending make for a good film
provide they come close together.
- Federico Fellini

Actors say they do their own stunts for the integrity
of the film but I did them because they looked like a lot of fun.
- Steve Coogan

I did The Newton Boys and during the whole process of making the film,
I may have spent a week in Los Angeles.
- Richard Linklater


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