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Brian De Palma Quotes and Sayings

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I hadn't done just a straight-out comedy in a long time,
just letting an ensemble do really good character acting,
having them carry the movie as in my earlier pictures.
- Brian De Palma

It's always great when you discover someone.
- Brian De Palma

You know, I listen to contemporary music all the time.
- Brian De Palma

I don't see scarey films.
I certainly wouldn't go see my films.
- Brian De Palma

 

If anyone's been around some very long cocaine evenings,
there's nothing that's in SCARFACE that we all haven't seen before.
- Brian De Palma

You know, when people want to get any information,
research information, it will all exist on these Web sites.
- Brian De Palma

Well, I just think through your career you go through different phases,
and I just got sort of uninspired by the whole studio
process of making and releasing films.
- Brian De Palma

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I guess what's most surprised me in most of the reviews
is that they don't seem to get the noir story in the dream sequence,
so they analyze it like a straight noir movie.
- Brian De Palma

You know it's always amazed me - I think the most startling
thing that's happened in the last couple of decades
is that there is no sort of objective reporting anymore.
- Brian De Palma

I've been obsessed with this kind of visual storytelling for quite a while,
and I try to create material that allows me to explore it.
- Brian De Palma

It's always great to discover a new star of tomorrow.
- Brian De Palma

Well, like any time you're shooting documentary stuff,
you've got to be in the moment, and you've got to be
able to be in control enough to capture what's happening.
- Brian De Palma

I mean, I don't mind promoting a movie,
or talking to the press if it's going to be used in some way.
- Brian De Palma

However, I spent most of my time in a Quaker school.
- Brian De Palma

I'm always looking for a kind of new musical entity
to sort of move into a motion picture venue.
- Brian De Palma

And I always had this idea for making a movie about a femme fatale,
because I like these characters.
They're a lot of fun, they're sexy, they're manipulative,
they're dangerous.
- Brian De Palma

So I like to try to go back and develop pure visual storytelling.
Because to me, it's one of the most exciting aspects
of making movies and almost a lost art at this point.
- Brian De Palma

Yeah, I had an idea to make a very scary movie,
based on a kind of serial murderer that preys on tourists.
- Brian De Palma

However, ironically, I was baptized Presbyterian,
and went to a Quaker school for twelve years.
- Brian De Palma

You really are as hot as your last movie.
And it goes away really quickly.
- Brian De Palma

When you make a movie outside the system and it's successful
critically or a moderate financial success,
you usually have to go back into the system and make a big hit.
- Brian De Palma

The real trouble with film school is that the people
teaching are so far out of the industry that they don't
give the students an idea of what's happening.
- Brian De Palma

And we've become very doubtful of our information sources,
because they're all controlled by these huge multilateral corporations.
- Brian De Palma

I've been sort of traveling around the country for
ten years talking about independent features.
- Brian De Palma

I do like directing other people's material.
- Brian De Palma

But, number one, I think traditional noir doesn't work
in contemporary storytelling because we don't live in that world anymore.
- Brian De Palma

I've dropped myself into straightforward character
pieces in order to explore that form and reap its values.
But you are sort of restricted visually when your first
requirement is to tell a fairly straightforward story.
- Brian De Palma

The biggest mistake in student films is that they are usually cast so badly,
with friends and people the directors know.
Actually you can cover a lot of bad direction with good acting.
- Brian De Palma

That's what noir feels like to me.
It feels like some kind of recurring dream,
with very strong archetypes operating.
You know, the guilty girl being pursued,
falling, all kinds of stuff that we see in our dreams all the time.
- Brian De Palma

Godard is incredibly brilliant, the things he says.
Apparently here in France, the most interesting thing
when a new film of his is going to come out are his press conferences,
because he's so brilliant.
- Brian De Palma

If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't like you.
If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you.
But I did, I do, and I will.
- Anonymous

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

I never did very well in math - I could never seem
to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
- Calvin Trillin

Black and white players hadn't appeared together in
public before Teddy Wilson and I began working with B.G.
- Lionel Hampton

Well, it was kind of accidental that Jim started playing with us,
although it wasn't sudden...
we hadn't really looked around to think who could be a fifth member.
- Kim Gordon

Yes, sir, a patrol car came and took me down to a station
where they were trying to develop films,
but they hadn't got the facilities to develop colored film.
- Abraham Zapruder

Unless an entire row of people got up in the middle
of a performance and left the theater in disgust,
I felt as though I hadn't done my job.
- Jeremy Piven

If God hadn't rested on Sunday, He would have had time to finish the world.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

We lived in the bowels of New York City.
It was a struggle just to survive.
This nice suburban kid hadn't had to do much of that before.
- Peter Bergman

This sounds horribly pretentious, but I like to think
that if music hadn't existed,
I could have invented it.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I'd have been a filmmaker or a cartoonist or something
else which extended from the visual arts into the making
of narratives if I hadn't been able to shift into fiction.
- Jonathan Lethem

I always thought it hadn't influenced me very much,
but I heard from many people from England that many
motives from German fairytales are to be found in my books.
- Cornelia Funke

Not a single person I named hadn't already been named
at least a half-dozen times and wasn't already on he blacklist.
- Edward Dmytryk

I remember the day I found out my draft status.
I was really floored and kind of staggered around in a daze.
It just hadn't occurred to me that I could end up in Vietnam.
- Parker Stevenson

I wish we hadn't used all the keys on the keyboard.
- Bill Joy

I think I would have died if there hadn't been the women's movement.
- Dorothy Allison

I hadn't been free from adult responsibilities since I was 12,
and I needed to experience that.
I really needed to just be a kid again.
- Claire Danes

The position I took at the time was that we hadn't
really examined any of the potential environmental
consequences of introducing genetically modified organisms.
- Jeremy Rifkin

I went to high school, which was a good thing because
I hadn't interacted with many people my age,
and I didn't really have friends.
I had a million acquaintances and no friends.
- Macaulay Culkin

I hadn't worked for a couple of years so I thought
it would be nice to earn some money and pay the bills.
- Gary Oldman

Even if I hadn't have been nominated for an Oscar,
to have won the Golden Glove was just fantastic.
- Brenda Blethyn

I hadn't been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word that
the bookmakers were offering three to one that Frank
wouldn't show for my wedding.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

If I hadn't done this I might have ended up digging the roads.
- Dylan Moran

If they hadn't scored, we would've won.
- Howard Wilkinson

So Europe's a big driver.
And at one point, if the euro hadn't devalued,
they would have been making as much money as the US with half the stores.
Returns were higher.
- Jim Cantalupo

The only other thing that interested me as a kid was being a bricklayer.
So if I hadn't become an actress, I would probably be a bricklayer.
- Nikki Cox

And we just went with Julie because that name hadn't
been used in any other popular songs at the time.
- Bobby Sherman

Sammy and I got together and it was like we hadn't missed a beat.
- Alex Van Halen

We'd never have got a chance to go outside and look
at the earth if it hadn't been for space exploration and NASA.
- James Lovelock

And I'd be lying if I told you that as a black man
in baseball I hadn't gone through worse times than my teammates.
- Curt Flood

What had disappointed me at the time of the last tour,
was to go on a worldwide tour, we were at some incredible
places and we couldn't enjoy it,
hadn't the time.
- Ed O'Brien

I've always liked the effect of having somebody in
there who hadn't the faintest idea what was going on.
- Derek Bailey

Well, actually yes, in 1988.
There was a warrant for me because my assistant hadn't paid a ticket of mine.
- Esai Morales

You know, musicians aren't very stable,
in case you hadn't noticed.
- Josh Silver

In 1939 I hadn't even realized that this was an immigration problem.
- Leslie Charteris

He looked at me as if I were a side dish he hadn't ordered.
- Ring Lardner

I don't think I would have stayed for the second season if I hadn't been happy.
- Sarah Sutton

If I hadn't been President of the United States,
I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.
- Harry S. Truman

I did everything I could to stay in college and pay my own way,
so I think that if success hadn't come so quickly,
I would still be pursuing it.
- Moira Kelly

He is the king.
If it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble,'
I would have never picked up a guitar.
- Pete Townshend

Indeed, if our ancestors of millions of years ago hadn't
learned how to care for one another and hunt in packs,
they'd all have ended up being eaten by leopards.
- Robert Shea


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