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Douglas Sirk Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Movies

If I can say one thing for my pictures,
it is a certain craftsmanship.
A thought which has gone into every angle.
There is nothing there without an optical reason.
- Douglas Sirk

A director in Hollywood in my time couldn't do what he wanted to do.
- Douglas Sirk

I think the great artists, especially in literature,
have always thought with the heart.
- Douglas Sirk


Throughout my pictures I employ a lighting which is not naturalistic.
- Douglas Sirk

Your characters have to remain innocent of what your picture is after.
- Douglas Sirk

But I always wanted my characters to be more than cyphers
for the failings of their world.
And I never had to look too hard to find a part of myself in them.
- Douglas Sirk

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In the 19th century, you had bourgeois art without politics -
an almost frozen idea of what beauty is.
- Douglas Sirk

I never regarded my pictures as very much to be proud of,
except in this, the craft, the style.
- Douglas Sirk

For a house, somewhere near Los Angeles I found an old church.
Very old, no longer used.
So we moved the church to the land, and I took off the steeple,
and I got my hands dirty.
- Douglas Sirk

You have to think with the heart.
- Douglas Sirk

Rock Hudson was not an educated man,
but that very beautiful body of his was putty in my hands.
- Douglas Sirk

Intellectualism came very late to America.
That's why Americans are so proud of it.
I found very few real intellectuals in America.
But there are so many pseudo-intellectuals.
- Douglas Sirk

I was making films about American society,
and it is true that I never felt at home there,
except perhaps when my wife and I lived on a farm in the San Fernando Valley.
- Douglas Sirk

These happy endings all express the weak and sly promise
that the world is not rotten and out of joint but meaningful
and ultimately in excellent condition.
- Douglas Sirk

If I couldn't read, I couldn't live.
- Douglas Sirk

There arose a belief in style - and in banality.
Banality encompassed politics, too, because it was
a common belief that politics were not worthy of art.
- Douglas Sirk

The war was the end of an era, in art as well.
And we were trying to create a new philosophy.
- Douglas Sirk

At the time I belonged to the socialist party,
and Hitler came to power.
- Douglas Sirk

I considered that the homes that people live in exactly describe their lives.
- Douglas Sirk

Your camera is the best critic there is.
Critics never see as much as the camera does.
It is more perceptive than the human eye.
- Douglas Sirk

My idea at this time, which was slowly developing,
was to create a comedie humaine with little people,
average people - samples from every period in American life.
- Douglas Sirk

I worked for UFA as a set designer, you know.
- Douglas Sirk

At the same time, of course, Marxism arose -
Rosa Luxembourg,
Leninism, anarchism - and art became political.
- Douglas Sirk

Ross Hunter was my assistant on Take Me to Town,
He was a young man, an actor before that,
and learned a lot on the picture.
During shooting, Goldstein left, and Ross was most pleasant.
He never interfered.
- Douglas Sirk

So slowly in my mind formed the idea of melodrama,
a form I found to perfection in American pictures.
They were naive, they were that something completely different.
They were completely Art-less.
- Douglas Sirk

And it really began with Einstein.
We attended his lectures.
Now the theory of relativity remained -
and still remains -
only a theory.
It has not been proven.
But it suggested a completely different picture of the physical world.
- Douglas Sirk

Yes, I was hired by Universal because they needed a comedy director.
They had seen Scandal and liked it.
I saw an opportunity even in those comedies to begin
my project of American films.
- Douglas Sirk

Sometimes in movies, I still have to be the hero,
but it's not all that important to me anymore.
- Dennis Quaid

There's an electrical thing about movies.
- Oliver Stone

If you don't like my movies, don't watch them.
- Dario Argento

Movies are a complicated collision of literature,
theatre, music and all the visual arts.
- Yahoo Serious

I just like movies that somehow expose the world in
a way that's different than you imagine it.
- Alex Winter

I make movies I want to see.
- Neil LaBute

We are the movies and the movies are us.
- David Ansen

Nobody makes movies bad on purpose.
- Roland Emmerich

Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.
- Tim Burton

I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
- Bette Davis

There's only one thing that can kill the movies,
and that's education.
- Will Rogers

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

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated.
The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Most of us do not consciously look at movies.
- Roger Ebert

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping
young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the
ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
- Walt Disney

The movies are the only business where you can go out
front and applaud yourself.
- Will Rogers

The movies we love and admire are to some extent a
function of who we are when we see them.
- Mary Schmich

Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
- Mary Pickford

Movies are an art form that is very available to the masses.
- Richard King

You can map your life through your favorite movies,
and no two people's maps will be the same.
- Mary Schmich

Movies are something people see all over the world
because there is a certain need for it.
- Wim Wenders

A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.
- Alfred Hitchcock

You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies -
all of life's riddles are answered in the movies.
- Steve Martin

Everyone told me to pass on Speed because it was a 'bus movie.'
- Sandra Bullock

It couldn't sound like a dog, because K9 isn't a dog,
but I made it sound as mechanical as possible.
- John Leeson

The length of a film should be directly related to
the endurance of the human bladder.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Everybody's a filmmaker today.
- John Milius

This film cost $31 million.
With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.
- Clint Eastwood

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
- Jean Cocteau

Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success.
- Samuel Goldwyn

Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times.
I'm a romantic.
- Johnny Depp

Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole,
it would be about me.
- Federico Fellini

I was obsessed with romance.
When I was in high school, I saw 'Doctor Zhivago' every
day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater.
- John Hughes

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
- Samuel Goldwyn

A good film is when the price of the dinner,
the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
- Alfred Hitchcock

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

Every single art form is involved in film,
in a way.
- Sydney Pollack

So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?
- Christina Aguilera

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

A story should have a beginning, a middle,
and an end...
but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

'Home Alone' was a movie, not an alibi.
- Jerry Orbach

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

Film spectators are quiet vampires.
- Jim Morrison

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