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Shoot a few scenes out of focus.
by Billy Wilder

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

Related topics: Movies

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

 

An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing.
But if he enters through the window,
you've got a situation.
- 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'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked
in a better neighborhood.
- Billy Wilder

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Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.
- Billy Wilder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Shoot for the moon.
Even if you miss,
you'll land among the stars.
- Les Brown

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have no fear of the gallows ... They're going to shoot me.
- the movie Love and Death

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

When I am shooting a film I never think of how I want to shoot something;
I simply shoot it.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

In corporate levels, it's all about tailoring your
shirt and which tennis club you belong to and which
watch you are wearing and what did you shoot last week?
- Ron Livingston

God is not on the side of the big battalions,
but on the side of those who shoot best.
- Voltaire

With Animal Factory you'd think that because it's mostly interiors,
you could shoot it anywhere.
So we shot this in Philadelphia, and we had the cooperation of the prison system.
- Steve Buscemi

I'm not gonna shoot anyone with the pellet gun...
Not unless I have to!
- Adam Savage

When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in
my absence and sentenced to death in my absence,
so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
- Brendan Behan

I like the dueling club scene, where Daniel and I fight with our wands.
I thought it was a brilliant scene to shoot.
I think the end product looked really good.
- Tom Felton

People feel they have to live that stereotypical lifestyle
in order to be a rock star.
You don't have to shoot heroin and act a certain way
to be a rock and roll musician.
- Lenny Kravitz

He's an honest man - you could shoot craps with him over the telephone.
- Earl Wilson

When you shoot someone who is fleeing,
it's not self-defense.
It's an execution.
- Stephen Carter

The biggest challenge was that we had to shoot so quickly
and with such a limited budget.
- Debbie Allen

Aim high, and you won't shoot your foot off.
- Phyllis Diller

You can scream at me, call me for a shoot at midnight,
keep me waiting for hours - as long as what ends up
on the screen is perfect.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

We had two cameras, so they could turn it on and shoot as much as we wanted.
You don't have to worry about wasting money on film.
A lot more takes are possible.
- Marguerite Moreau

Boy, I'd hate to shoot on tape or disc or whatever
the hell they're talking about.
I love film.
- Frank Darabont

I have to shoot without any breaks.
I yell at Herzog and hit him.
I have to fight for every sequence.
I wish Herzog would catch the plague,
more than ever.
- Klaus Kinski

Common sense should tell us that there is no reason
for civilians to have access to easily concealable
handguns with the capability to shoot through body armor.
- Carl Levin

At 21, I discovered repression and injustice.
The army would shoot students with real bullets.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

My curiosity sustains me for the period of the shoot.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

There was so long from when we did the pilot and then
when the show was eventually picked up by Comedy Central -
and,
in fact, we had to shoot the pilot twice.
- Thomas Lennon

I think that realistically we can shoot for the title this year.
If we stay healthy and be persistent throughout the season,
I think we have good chance to go all the way.
- Jason Kidd

Shoot a lower score than everybody else.
- Ben Hogan

We are protecting civilians.
We are unarmed.
We are no threat to you.
Please do not shoot.
- Rachel Corrie

Is it right to shoot the poor prostitute or a woman
who is unfaithful to her husband,
or a man who loves another man?
- Oriana Fallaci

We can either allow our youth to shoot baskets or watch
them continue to shoot people.
- Henry Cisneros

What I end up shooting is the situation.
I shoot the composition and my subject is going to
help the composition or not.
- Annie Leibovitz

I hate being cold and I hate being wet and around 80%
percent of this film I was cold and another 60% I was cold and wet,
so it wasn't the best shoot for me.
- Morris Chestnut

From the beginning, we were prepared,
we know how we would shoot and cut the two versions.
- Bille August

I still haven't figured out how to have fun on a shoot.
- Jim McKay

An actor really suffers when the director isn't prepared
because you start running out of time for the shoot
and then have to do it fast.
- Carol Kane

I want the privilege of guiding the arrows of my children
and giving them the exhortations that can shoot them into the high place.
- Laurel Lee

The whole series is black-and-white,
so when I went to shoot one of the women I only had
black-and-white film with me.
She had reddish hair and was a very pretty girl,
a nice girl.
- Helmut Newton

It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius
ever arrives at maturity.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

With the fight scenes, they would take a video camera
and shoot alongside the camera so we would piece it
together on the computer and had an extremely rough
cut of what we were doing.
- Kelly Hu

It's an odd thing to go to New York to shoot a movie that is set in Indiana.
- Bill Condon

Our centers spread the floor, shoot the three and block shots.
We can play pick and pop.
- Steve Nash

I don't think Wisconsin should become known as a state where we shoot cats.
- Jim Doyle

You know, I'd love to do a Maxim shoot.
But I'm not going to do it, because that's just stupid to do.
- Christy Romano

I shoot, I score.
He shoots, I score.
- Dan Gable


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