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My films are about embarrassment. ...
by Alan Bennett

My films are about embarrassment.
- Alan Bennett

Were we closer to the ground as children,
or is the grass emptier now?
- Alan Bennett

If you think squash is a competitive activity,
try flower arranging.
- Alan Bennett

Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed
to have read and often thinks they have.
- Alan Bennett

 

Those who have known the famous are publicly debriefed of their memories,
knowing as their own dusk falls that they will only
be remembered for remembering someone else.
- Alan Bennett

We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community,
but people wouldn't obey the rules.
- Alan Bennett

Your whole life is on the other side of the glass.
And there is nobody watching.
- Alan Bennett

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Life is like a box of sardines and we are all looking for the key.
- Alan Bennett

I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind.
I try to root things out.
- Alan Bennett

Life is generally something that happens elsewhere.
- Alan Bennett

We were put to Dickens as children but it never quite took.
That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.
- Alan Bennett

I'm all in favour of free expression provided it's
kept rigidly under control.
- Alan Bennett

Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents
come to a grinding halt at their conception.
- Alan Bennett

Cancer, like any other illness, is a bore.
- Alan Bennett

I've never seen the point of the sea,
except where it meets the land.
The shore has a point.
The sea has none.
- Alan Bennett

Everything makes me nervous - except making films.
- Elizabeth Taylor

If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right.
- Woody Allen

If my films make one more person miserable,
I'll feel I have done my job.
- Woody Allen

Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films
when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
- Samuel Goldwyn

I have a love interest in every one of my films:
a gun.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

Movies are not scripts - movies are films;
they're not books,
they're not the theatre.
- Nicolas Roeg

I'm married to the theater but my mistress is the films.
- Oskar Werner

And in movies you must be a gambler.
To produce films is to gamble.
- Douglas Sirk

My films are an extension of my poetry,
using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images.
- James Broughton

The lowest budget U.S.
films are ten times times better than shooting in Tibet.
- Joan Chen

Even if there are a lot women in films,
there are few who are lesbians, that people know about.
- Catherine Deneuve

When it comes to films, people often don't differentiate
between the message of a bad central character and
the message of the film itself.
They are two separate things.
- Christian Bale

I am married to the theater, and the films are only my mistress.
- Oskar Werner

Films have never shown the kind of relationship that
can exist between two women.
- Brigitte Bardot

I think a smart person today realizes that you have
to be part of the art films that are done just for the sake of the art.
- Halle Berry

I started making 8mm films when I was 13,
so I've been directing for 21 years.
- Bryan Singer

In films, the fact that you can always do a scene again
takes a load off your mind,
enabling you to strive for perfection,
which I always wanted.
- Jessie Matthews

So most of my acting experience came in college when
I was living away from them.
I acted in various independent films,
and I got some commercial work and stuff like that.
- Maria Menounos

Being an old radical, I like films like Spartacus.
I could relate to the hero.
- Alex North

There is nothing better than playing a bad girl for two months,
then turning around and playing someone sweet.
Films give you this opportunity.
- Amy Weber

Keeping it all normal and keeping us together is my first priority.
Then I fit films into my life.
- Kelly Preston

One of the things I really like about Ford's films
is how there is always a focus on the way characters live,
and not just the male heroes.
- Ken Burns

I prefer to write music for family films.
I like people.
- Alex North

I'd made these experimental films but I thought the
major chore of a filmmaker was to relate to actors.
- Bill Forsyth

I realize I'm a very lucky man.
I love what I do, I love films, TV and theatre,
and the fact that I'm able to make a living at it staggers me.
- Eric Stoltz

If you want to know all about Andy Warhol,
just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me,
and there I am.
There's nothing behind it.
- Andy Warhol

I'm very interested in portraying homosexual man and
woman in my films because I'm interested in their lives and their problems.
- Dario Argento

From 1980 to 1990, I shot more films than any other
actor in the Screen Actors Guild,
apart from Gene Hackman.
- Steve Guttenberg

One movie is only one movie.
I want to have a lifetime of making films.
- Sam Mendes

Television has dried up for my generation,
so it's plays and films.
- Michael Gambon

In America there's no rights for the artist,
so whatever films I've made kind of belong to the studio.
- Norman Jewison

I like films that are well-written and concise and
with not a lot of room for improvisation.
- Patrice Leconte

Phillip Harrison was the production designer,
though, I think he's uncredited.
He's done most of my films like Blue Thunder.
Lots and lots over the years.
- John Badham

We don't perceive a contradiction between writing books,
making films or producing a television program.
These days you can't choose how you want to express yourself anymore.
- Alexander Kluge

Usually people like to categorise artists.
With my films, I categorise people: if I know which
one of my movies you like,
I can tell which kind of a person you are.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Being an actress is a very physical thing.
If I didn't look the way I looked, I would never have started in films.
- Catherine Deneuve

There's such good writing now on television and I don't
see a lot of great writing on films sadly.
- Scott Speedman

It just seems like that because I do a lot of independent
films that don't get to the mainstream.
- William Hurt

When I make a film I'm away from home for two to three months.
So I want my kids to look at my films one day and say,
I love his movies, I love his choices-because he loved them.
- Kevin Costner

We make the kind of movies we like to watch.
I love to laugh.
I love to be amazed by how beautiful it is.
But I also love to be moved to tears.
There's lots of heart in our films.
- John Lasseter

Movies will end up being this esoteric art form,
where only singular people will put films out in a small group of theaters.
- M. Night Shyamalan

I had starred in more than 30 successful films,
six in a row directed by Cecil B. De Mille.
- Gloria Swanson

I actually went to film school and was making experimental films for a short time,
so it wasn't such a leap.
- Jim Coleman

If I didn't have my films as an outlet for all the different sides of me,
I would probably be locked up.
- Angelina Jolie

I'm going to keep making films I believe in.
Whether I am successful or not is besides the point.
- Ajay Devgan

I just saw Memento.
It's very, very good.
I watch a lot of French films.
- Colleen Haskell

I lost a year or two in there, trying to get films
financed that I didn't know would never get financing.
- Richard Linklater

At this point in my career, it doesn't bother me much
that I'm probably hopelessly typecast.
I like to work, and horror films definitely keep me working.
- Donald Pleasence

If only every man who sees my films did not get the
impression he can make love to me,
I would be a lot happier.
- Brigitte Bardot

Films were never in my budget.
Didn't occur to me till much later.
I hoped for a long, good life, which I've had and I'm having as an actor.
I didn't expect the rest.
- Peter O'Toole

The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I turn up in Los Angeles every now and then,
so I can get some big money films in order to finance my smaller money films.
- John Hurt

For me, making films is like being on vacation,
it's a nice walk.
But theatre is like mountaineering.
You never know whether you're going to fall off or make it to the top.
- Isabelle Huppert

When you see the films of certain young directors,
you get the impression that film history begins for them around 1980.
- Jacques Rivette

I like the George Romero films, which were really great,
social satire movies; really twisted.
- John Cusack

Independent films have a very different cachet than success films.
- Diane Lane


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