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Satyajit Ray Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There's always some room for improvisation.
- 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul,
the director of his life.
- James Allen

If a film is very clever and well-written,
that's what gives you freedom as a director.
- Patrice Leconte

The actor is concerned with his own bit of it,
but the director's somehow trying to work the whole
thing into a much bigger picture.
It's like conducting an orchestra.
- Roland Joffe

Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg.
- Samuel Goldwyn

When you look at a movie, you look at a director's thought process.
- Oliver Stone

The first thing I ask when I'm offered a part is,
Who's the director? which is something they never understand in Los Angeles.
- Swoosie Kurtz

When I grow up, I still want to be a director.
- Steven Spielberg

In Dreams...
well, I was slightly overcompensating with that.
I was a bit like a director for hire,
so maybe I was putting too much imagery that was familiar to me into it.
- Neil Jordan

The first comedy screenplay that I wrote was Animal
House and I always thought I could and should be a
director but no one was about to give me that opportunity on Animal House.
- Harold Ramis

I don't have a director.
The audience directs me.
- Hal Holbrook

Larry Kasdan is a great director.
- Brion James

My parents said, Oh, he's going to be a director someday.
I wanted to be an actor.
- Quentin Tarantino

I would first recommend we appoint a Police Director
that commands the respect of the rank and file.
- Vincent Frank

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness.
Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness.
Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.
- Sun Tzu

And I think one way or another it's evident to those
who work with me that as a writer,
a director, a friend, as somebody's there that's very
anxious to get the movie made.
- Robert Towne

Sirk was every woman's dream of a director.
- Dorothy Malone

Usually, I don't want to sit down and listen to the
director gas on about his movie.
I just can't actually imagine myself sitting down and having that much to say.
- Joel Coen

I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me.
- Elia Kazan

The magic doesn't come from within the director's mind,
it comes from within the hearts of the actors.
- James Cameron

I am working as public relations director for the Tour
de France and maintaining my farm.
- Bernard Hinault

The director had come to Madrid to court me.
- Victoria Abril

Sam Wood, the director, made most of his money as a real estate agent;
there was nothing of the temperamental artist about him.
- Gloria Swanson

That was me under the bath and the water being held down.
The director wanted it to look as real as possible so he told Keanu,
in front of me, don't go easy on her.
So it was scary.
- Rachel Weisz

Working with a great director is like getting a master class in acting.
- Swoosie Kurtz

When I became a director, I wanted to convince a very
reluctant Sidney into allowing me to go on the journey of his life.
Sidney had gone ahead of every other African American actor.
- Lee Grant

Do whatever you're directed to do, and leave the rest
of that technical stuff up to the director.
- Dennis Farina

The director took my face in his hands and asked me to show him my teeth,
as with a horse.
This happened on a Wednesday, and by the following Monday I was shooting.
- Victoria Abril

Sabrina ran for seven years with a different director every week.
- Melissa Joan Hart

For a director, the most challenging scenes are the dialogue scenes.
- Bruce Beresford

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

George Tenet has been the director of central intelligence since 1997,
time enough to have changed the Agency's culture.
He has failed.
He should go.
- Richard Perle

The Director of the Laboratory, George Reynolds,
was most supportive of my efforts to work independently.
There followed for ten years a glorious time for research.
- James Cronin

In cinema, the leading player is the director.
- Ben Kingsley

A director shouldn't get in the way of the movie,
the story should.
- Frank Darabont

This is indeed not only relevant to Documentary but
is evident is most type of film making.
The film often mirrors the experience,
understanding and politics of the director.
- Ben Edwards

Not at all, I wanted to go into medicine.
I took science in college.
But my dad was a Producer - Director in Kannada films,
and someone saw me, and one thing led to another.
- Soundarya

I don't like people who use the press to advance themselves
in a way that they haven't earned as an actor,
performer or director.
- Jason Patric

I'm a performer, comedian, entertainer,
writer and director.
- William Shatner

The marvels of daily life are exciting;
no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.
- Robert Doisneau

A film is a director's vision...
there is, however, much input an actor or actress can have.
- Natasha Richardson

When you're artistic director of a program,
you present the music you want to present.
- Stanley Crouch

The difference with doing a play is that you are in control.
In film you are in the hands of the director and the editor and the producer.
- Kyle MacLachlan

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

As a first-time director in America,
I feel I've been very fortunate.
- Sam Mendes

My background was art school, documentary director
and surfer with a keen interest in thrilling acts of
life threatening stupidity.
- Yahoo Serious

I always choose my projects for the script or what
the director want to tell with that story.
And if I like the story.
- Elena Anaya


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