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Most of the top actors and actresses may be working
by Satyajit Ray

Most of the top actors and actresses may be working
in ten or twelve films at the same time,
so they will give one director two hours and maybe
shoot in Bombay in the morning and Madras in the evening.
It happens.
- Satyajit Ray

At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry,
I was listening to European classical music.
- Satyajit Ray

When I write an original story I write about people
I know first-hand and situations I'm familiar with.
I don't write stories about the nineteenth century.
- Satyajit Ray

I had developed this habit of writing scenarios as a hobby.
I would find out which stories had been sold to be
made into films and I would write my own treatment and then compare it.
- Satyajit Ray

 

I was interested in both Western and Indian classical music.
- Satyajit Ray

The only solutions that are ever worth anything are
the solutions that people find themselves.
- Satyajit Ray

You cannot go beyond a certain limit in your expenditure
if you want to bring back money from your local market,
which is very small after Pakistan.
- Satyajit Ray

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The conception of background music is changing.
You use less and less of it these days.
- Satyajit Ray

Well the Bombay film wasn't always like how it is now.
It did have a local industry.
There were realistic films made on local scenes.
But it gradually changed over the years.
- Satyajit Ray

The director is the only person who knows what the film is about.
- Satyajit Ray

I mix Indian instruments with Western instruments all the time.
- Satyajit Ray

There is a ban on Indian films in Pakistan,
so that's half of our market gone.
- Satyajit Ray

Ever since Two Daughters I've been composing my own music.
- Satyajit Ray

There's always some room for improvisation.
- Satyajit Ray

Particularly in the final stages I always find that I'm rushed.
It's dangerous when you're rushed in the editing stage,
most of my early films are flawed in the cutting.
- Satyajit Ray

It was only after Pather Panchali had some success
at home that I decided to do a second part.
But I didn't want to do the same kind of film again,
so I made a musical.
- Satyajit Ray

When I'm shooting on location, you get ideas on the spot -
new angles.
You make not major changes but important modifications,
that you can't do on a set.
I do that because you have to be economical.
- Satyajit Ray

I think they quite like me when I work because I'm
one of the safer directors to back,
because even if my films don't bring their costs in back home,
once they're shown outside of India they manage to cover the costs.
- Satyajit Ray

What is attempted in these film is of course a synthesis.
But it can be seen by someone who has his feet in both cultures.
Someone who will bring to bear on the films involvement
and detachment in equal measure.
- Satyajit Ray

My films play only in Bengal, and my audience is the
educated middle class in the cities and small towns.
They also play in Bombay, Madras and Delhi where there is a Bengali population.
- Satyajit Ray

I've made seventeen or eighteen films now,
only two of which have been original screenplays,
all the others have been based on short stories or novels,
and I find the long short story ideal for adaptation.
- Satyajit Ray

My cameraman and I devised a method,
which we started using from my second film,
which applies mainly to day scenes shot in the studio,
where we used bounced light instead of direct light.
We agreed with this thing of four or five shadows following the actors is dreadful.
- Satyajit Ray

Sometimes a director is making three films.
Perhaps he is shooting a film in Madras and a film
in Bombay and he can't leave Madras as some shooting has to be done,
so he directs by telephone.
The shooting takes place.
On schedule.
- Satyajit Ray

I wouldn't mind taking a rest for three or four months,
but I have to keep on making films for the sake of my crew,
who just wait for the next film because they're not on a fixed salary.
- Satyajit Ray

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I can only wonder what treasure awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating
only the top half of each slice.
- Barbra Streisand

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow
on top of a mountain in late May or June.
There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
- Andy Goldsworthy

I think the government has to reposition environment
on top of their national and international priorities.
- Brian Mulroney

We'll take the cake with the red cherry on top.
- Navjot Singh Sidhu

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage,
or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb,
with great labor, and incessant anxiety,
but never reach the top.
- Robert Browning

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
- Timothy Leary

I grew up in a household where everybody lived at the top of his lungs.
- Frank Langella

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read:
"President Can't Swim."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Our natures are a lot like oil, mix us with anything else,
and we strive to swim on top.
- Joan Rivers

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top.
Then you will see how low it was.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.
- Dante Alighieri

Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't
always have to be their top priority.
- William Arthur Ward

A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender,
but you don't have a top for it.
- Jerry Seinfeld

Nobody's a natural.
You work hard to get good and then work to get better.
It's hard to stay on top.
- Paul Coffey

I was wildly out of style when that television theme
song suddenly pushed its way onto the Top Ten.
It was certainly not the record company trying to make that happen.
- John Sebastian

The top players talk more now, and we have more meetings.
We're just trying to get things better.
But we still need somebody who could make a difference.
- Martina Hingis

In St.
Louis, some people were hurt seriously when some fans
got on top of a roof that was where other fans were underneath it,
at a park somewhere, and it collapsed.
- Phil Lesh

To think that when they come out with these gigantic songs,
it's pretty tough to top them, you know.
- Sebastian Bach

I think she was ready to go.
Not to be kicked out.
Go at the top.
Undefeated.
- Denis Thatcher

Leadership must be established from the top down.
- Sam Nunn

I look at Liv Tyler and think 'It's not fair',
because I can't find a flaw on her.
And on top of that she seems nice, so it's really not fair.
- Tori Spelling

The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy,
inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
- Joyce Brothers

There is nothing more exciting in sport when the top
two countries in the world are battling for the Ashes.
- Ian Botham

There is no spray can called 'Instant Stardom,'
only talent can keep you at the top.
- Jim Dale

In New York there isn't that weird palpable competitive
thing where it's friendly but everyone isn't trying
to top one another with jokes when you're just hanging around.
- David Cross

Whatever success I've had, I always like to top it.
- Bernie Mac

I'm more of a tomboy than anything and then you see
your name on these Top 50 Most Beautiful People lists and you're like,
"What?"
- Lisa Marie Presley

The bulk of extra supplies that could be put into the
market come from two places.
One, they come from other Persian Gulf suppliers,
of which Saudi Arabia is at the top of the list.
- Daniel Yergin

I was lucky enough to be given books that weren't top sellers;
books that were kind of under the radar.
- Bill Sienkiewicz

I've always wanted a C trumpet on top,
to have that same kind of facility without shouting.
- Gerry Mulligan

I don't expect to see them in the top six but I think
of all the teams that have come up in previous seasons,
I think Manchester City are the biggest club.
- Alan Hansen

If my training goes well and according to plan I feel
that I am capable of a top 8 finish in Athens.
It will be a very difficult and technical course which will be to my advantage.
- Jonathan Brown

I'm not sure there are enough coaches in the system
that can take young talent and consistently get them
into the top five in the world.
- Sebastian Coe

It was the Law of the Sea, they said.
Civilization ends at the waterline.
Beyond that, we all enter the food chain,
and not always right at the top.
- Hunter S. Thompson

Whether it's on top of a phone booth or a $200 million soundstage,
it's about stories.
- Peter Gallagher

If I put the top down, I start to burn in about five minutes.
- Kathleen Robertson

We've done all the work that HRC wanted on the twin
and the project has been completed.
We were consistently up there with the top guys and
that is what HRC wanted to prove.
- Sete Gibernau

Stay on top of your finances.
Don't leave that up to others.
- Leif Garrett

Traffic is about drugs.
As detailed a portrait as I can muster about what is
happening in the drug world,
from top to bottom, from policy to how things move on the street.
- Steven Soderbergh

Value will always be on top of everyone's lists now,
right along with safety.
- David Neeleman

You have to make a choice when you start to sing and
decide whether you want to service the music,
and be at the top of your art, or if you want to be a very popular tenor.
- Alfredo Kraus

When you are a professional sportsman all the guys
are great competitors in the top 50.
- Guy Forget

Even at my peak, I never went too over the top.
- Pauly Shore

I remember Michael dribbling at the top of the key.
Everybody knew to just get the hell out of his way.
- Steve Kerr


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