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The film business is absurd.
by Tom Courtenay

The film business is absurd.
Stars don't last very long.
It's much more interesting to be a proper actor.
- Tom Courtenay

I don't want to peak too early.
The worry is that you never know until it's all over
whether you peaked at all -
and then you're finished and it's too late.
- Tom Courtenay

There just doesn't seem to be a market for something with aspiration anymore.
- Tom Courtenay

I never did anything about my stardom,
it never meant anything to me.
- Tom Courtenay

 

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

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

Film spectators are quiet vampires.
- Jim Morrison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Film lovers are sick people.
- Francois Truffaut

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

I never enjoyed working in a film.
- Marlene Dietrich

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

Politics is not my life.
I have a career in radio and another career in film.
- Jesse Ventura

And the Institute sent me a little film footage of
Kinsey himself preparing to do an interview for television to talk about his work,
so that was quite valuable for me.
- Liam Neeson

The film of tomorrow will be an act of love.
- Francois Truffaut

If you're expecting an intellectual film,
then you will be disappointed.
- Barry Pepper

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

I've never made a film using dialogue or speech.
- Kenneth Anger

When you look at Darling and the Oscars,
it has to be luck.
It was a black and white film and it was the last time
that there was a black and white Oscar.
- Julie Harris

I hope the film will help mothers and fathers to be
aware that 15 is a very vulnerable age.
- Ellen Muth

When you grow up on film, people sometimes have difficulties
accepting the fact that you are growing up.
They always imagine you younger.
- Michelle Trachtenberg

I keep every script from every film that I ever made
because it's like a workbook of that time in my life.
- Marguerite Moreau

If you've ever seen the film In Which We Serve,
but it was about a destroyer in the Mediterranean.
- Richard Attenborough

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

My creative partner is a writer, and he's got an executive
producing credit on this film.
We've made three films together and I would never underestimate the impact of a writer.
- Taylor Hackford

Any film which views the darker side of life,
which is death with a sense of humor,
is very much to my taste.
- Carter Burwell

A film like Genevieve to my contemporaries is not a film made years ago,
but last week or last year.
They see me as I was then, not as I am now.
- Kenneth More

Yeah, I'm certainly a lot more confident on this one
than I was one the last one,
which I think can be a good thing and a bad thing.
But, at least I slept while making this film.
- Guy Ritchie

But with the right kind of coaching and determination
you can accomplish anything and the biggest accomplishment
that I feel I got from the film was overcoming that fear.
- Reese Witherspoon

He considers the theatrical version of Fanny and Alexander
an amputated version of what his original film was,
and he doesn't really like the shorter film.
- Bille August

When I heard about the first Tomb Raider,
I was very interested and I would have liked to have directed that.
When I was approached for the second film,
I was delighted.
- Jan de Bont

It's gotten to the point where it's big news when I don't do a horror film.
- Donald Pleasence

I'm a New Wave baby, so I got very stimulated by foreign film.
- Jack Nicholson

Justin Timberlake is terrific in this film.
I told him it's time to stop singing.
- Bruce Willis

Sometimes it's difficult directing yourself on film
because you can't quite separate yourself from the subject.
- Stanley Tucci

I knew her work very well and I knew that if she offered me a role in her movie,
it wouldn't be something stupid.
So I agreed to do the film before I read the script.
- Beatrice Dalle

If anyone can figure out how to balance my celebrity
and my dual careers in music and film,
it's me.
I don't feel frightened; I feel challenged.
- Jennifer Lopez

I never see a novel as a film while I'm writing it.
Mostly because novels and films are so different,
and I'm such an internal novelist.
- Alice Hoffman

I feel that film, as opposed to theatre,
is about capturing that one, real moment.
- Michael Pitt

If you do two versions of a film, they should be identical.
With the same frames and settings.
- Marcel Carne

It was a fine cast and lots of fun to make,
but they did the damn thing on the cheap.
The backdrops had holes in them, and it was shot on the worst film stock.
- Howard Keel

Pleasure resorts are like film stars and royalty...
embarrassed by the figures they cut in the fantasies
of people who have never met them.
- Doris Lessing

If the money's right, I'll do a film.
- Oliver Reed

I liked The Slipper and the Rose, as I have already mentioned,
because it was such a lovely film to do.
- Julie Harris

I realized what interested me as a student of film
was one thing and the movies that I liked were another.
- Sam Raimi

I'd love to make another film in Mexico.
- Alex Cox

When I make a film, I never want the film to become
a vehicle of social propaganda.
If I wanted to do that, I'd make documentaries.
- Norman Jewison

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

You can't teach creativity at film school.
- Daniel Walker

I have a desire to create more film,
more beauty,
more art, more love, but I don't feel desperate.
It's not about creating or building a career.
- Lisa Bonet

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

With pop stars or film stars, we become the object
of people's self-definition,
as well as the object of sexual definition.
- George Michael

I did not go to film school.
- Richard King

Some people make a great film and then they can't follow up.
- Woody Harrelson

Film is changing, and it can't help but keep changing.
- Norman McLaren

I go into a young film director's office these days and he says,
'Hey man, I know who you are.
I grew up watching 'McHale's Navy'.
And I think, 'Oh boy, here we go again'.
- Mako

One of the worst things you can do is have a limited
budget and try to do some big looking film.
That's when you end up with very bad work.
- Roger Corman

With the Internet, kids today learn things quicker
than we do and they have everything there is to see,
so you have to do more than just remake some old '70s film.
- Donnie Wahlberg

Toy Soldiers was my introduction to film.
I certainly didn't think I was doing art by any stretch of the imagination.
- Tim Robbins

There are three rape scenes that I've had to act in,
and none of them have gotten to film.
I don't think it's something that should be promoted in any way.
- Joan Severance

The film of tomorrow will not be directed by civil servants of the camera,
but by artists for whom shooting a film constitutes
a wonderful and thrilling adventure.
- Francois Truffaut


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