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When a French book becomes an international hit it
by Jean-Jacques Annaud

When a French book becomes an international hit it
is because of the author and not because of the language.
The same goes for movies.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

America is the only country capable of producing national movies:
its culture has become a global culture.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

The art of motion pictures is pictorial and language comes a distant second.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

British actors behave like Europeans;
they are also extremely well trained.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

 

The world distribution of French movies is a laughing matter.
That is a fact.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

I think it is a mistake to identify a movie according to its language,
as if movies were literature.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

I had to choose between American and British actors,
and it didn't take me more than a second to decide:
Russians are Europeans and should be played by other Europeans.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

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The financing of my films has always been international.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

When you create a movie, you create something in your image.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

When Americans shoot movies they aim at the entire planet.
When the French make movies, they aim at Paris.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

I make movies just as painters paint:
I work where I can.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

To do the writing, I have to have time to do research.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

War scenes are less difficult than love scenes.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

Today's cinema is a global art form,
it is impossible to make movies for a market the size of France,
representing no more than 4% of the world's total.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

The French have got to understand that a film is so
expensive that it can no longer afford to be regional
or even national in scope.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

If you make a movie about Elizabeth I,
how much of the dialogue is her real words? Audiences
know when they go see a movie that it is fiction.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

When Picasso painted in Paris, was he a Spanish or
a French painter? It does not matter,
he was Picasso, whatever the influences surrounding him.
He simply chose Paris because it was the ideal place
for him to sell his creation.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

My way of remaining French was the financing scheme
I used for Quest for Fire,
with Fox funds, since it started as a 100% American production.
The film was not in French and yet was French in style,
reflecting my personality.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

There is a broad cultural current that conveys the
idea that a film is like a football team,
it represents a nation, it is illustrated literature,
filmed radio.
These are outdated concepts, totally out of touch with today's realities.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

I'm French, so I'm quite lazy about exercising,
and I smoke.
But I do love going for a run in the morning with my dog.
That's all.
- Eva Green

French fries.
I love them.
Some people are chocolate and sweets people.
I love French fries.
That and caviar.
- Cameron Diaz

I have tried to lift France out of the mud.
But she will return to her errors and vomitings.
I cannot prevent the French from being French.
- Charles de Gaulle

I am a guest of the French language.
My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language,
which is not the same as that of a French poet.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American,
courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
- Katharine Hepburn

I think before 1997 is over, NATO will have taken giant
strides in what's called adaptation,
the discussions about bringing the French fully into the NATO forces.
- Warren Christopher

Of course the French are making very credible movies
and it is still one of the greatest nations in terms
of world cinema but the real problem is the decay in film criticism.
- Wim Wenders

The French were mystified about the Watergate scandal.
- Pierre Salinger

The English was really my mother, it was never me.
Being the daughter of my father, I always felt very French.
- Charlotte Gainsbourg

I am a Moroccan writer of French expression.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

If French is no longer the language of a power,
it can be the language of a counter power.
- Lionel Jospin

In fact, it is amazing how much European films -
Italian,
French, German and English - have recovered a certain
territory of the audience in their countries over the last few years.
- Wim Wenders

The largest and most influential houses chiefly demonstrate
the aloofness of the French approach.
- Stephen Gardiner

No, I'm not a French designer either.
I'm from nowhere.
I'm a European, old European is all I am.
- Karl Lagerfeld

I've always thought of absurdism as a French fad I'd like to belong to.
- Robert Sheckley

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
- French Proverb

Only peril can bring the French together.
One can't impose unity out of the blue on a country
that has 265 different kinds of cheese.
- Charles de Gaulle

I remember walking the dog one day, I saw a car full of teenage girls,
and one of them rolled down the window and yelled,
'Marc Jacobs!' in a French accent.
- Marc Jacobs

The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years.
- Stendhal

We have hated the French for years.
Now you have just joined the club.
It makes you much more likable.
- Simon Cowell

When I need a word and do not find it in French,
I select it from other tongues, and the reader has
either to understand or translate me.
Such is my fate.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Race wasn't an issue.
My family was French, but Yorkville was a melting pot of races and cultures.
- Bob Cousy

With respect to the respective French and German traditions
you are no doubt correct,
although I am reluctant to see individual achievement reduced to archetypes.
- Brian Ferneyhough

People who do not speak our language very well do complain
of feeling rebuffed by French people,
who can sometimes be impatient, or even intolerant.
- Bernard Pivot

I especially love French, Italian and Japanese cuisines.
- Eva Herzigova

New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep
South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population,
the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere.
- Constance Baker Motley

The United States, for a French citizen,
is a friend, an ally, to whom we owe,
along with most Europeans, our freedom.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I don't think Russia will follow the United States's way.
I don't think Russia will follow the French way.
I'm sure Russia will find its own way.
- Anatoly Chubais

If I were not French I would choose to be -
Scotch.
- Wilfrid Laurier

Everything is entertainment; criticism is now entertainment
and it seems that the French directors have woken up
one day and suddenly realised that they were not backed up any more.
- Wim Wenders

I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my
books did so well in France.
He said it was because in my novels people both act and think.
I got a kick out of that.
- Jim Harrison

I made a French film called "Merry Christmas" which is a very European film.
It's a World War I piece.
- Diane Kruger

French is the language that turns dirt into romance.
- Stephen King

These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French,
all appearances to the contrary, could be multiplied
almost without limit and apply to all national languages.
- Edward Sapir

The fun is in figuring out why the French are susceptible to such tripe.
- Bill O'Brien

There is tragic evidence to show that the paintings
at the French prehistoric art sites are deteriorating.
- Louis Leakey

If somebody had started on a remake of French Kiss
before I announced my own film,
I would have dropped my subject.
If someone else starts after me, what am I to do?
- Ajay Devgan

I was as repelled by the French as I was attracted by their country.
- Margaret Anderson

We decided that the French could never write user-friendly
software because they're so rude.
- Doug Coupland

It is sometimes tougher to fight my superiors than the French.
- Heinz Guderian

I am the most un-French Frenchman you will ever meet.
- Jean-Marie Messier

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- although attributed to St. Francis of Assisi,
this prayer first appeared (written in French) in 1912

Back home everyone said I didn't have any talent.
They might be saying the same thing here but it sounds better in French.
- Alan Jay Lerner

German and English firms operate internationally,
while French firms do not.
The only place where they all have work is in China.
Anybody can sell himself in China!
- Helmut Jahn

Not unless I do all these ancient and Italian or French
or Baroque in the beginnning,
I do German.
- Victoria de los Angeles

Maybe I am not French, maybe I am from nowhere.
- Alain Prost

I don't know why you use a fancy French word like detente
when there's a good English phrase for it -
cold war.
- Golda Meir

Oh, I'm not English, I cannot talk on behalf of an English person.
I'm French.
I can say about French.
They are quite emotional, though, and they talk about their emotions.
- Sophie Marceau

My father is Swedish and my mother is French.
- Eva Green

Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle
that was being advertised on eBay the other day -
the description was,
'Never shot.
Dropped once.
- Roy Blunt

I've always wondered why there isn't a great French
novel about the German occupation.
The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing.
- Manuel Puig

You have to adjust to where you are but the French are all together -
the guys and the women.
It's good.
- Amelie Mauresmo


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