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Tom Courtenay Quotes and Sayings

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The film business is absurd.
Stars don't last very long.
It's much more interesting to be a proper actor.
- Tom Courtenay

I don't want to peak too early.
The worry is that you never know until it's all over
whether you peaked at all -
and then you're finished and it's too late.
- Tom Courtenay

I never did anything about my stardom,
it never meant anything to me.
- Tom Courtenay

There just doesn't seem to be a market for something with aspiration anymore.
- Tom Courtenay

 

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

I never enjoyed working in a film.
- Marlene Dietrich

The secret to film is that it's an illusion.
- George Lucas

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

Film lovers are sick people.
- Francois Truffaut

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

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
- Roger Ebert

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

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

Film spectators are quiet vampires.
- Jim Morrison

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

I don't think you should feel about a film.
You should feel about a woman, not a movie.
You can't kiss a movie.
- Jean-Luc Godard

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

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

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

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

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

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

I can't do a film after having debated it.
I am unable to do a film while discussing it with my team.
I issue directives.
I do not achieve it otherwise.
- Hayao Miyazaki

Here is how I work: when I think that a film needs
to have a principal theme,
I search for a melody.
- Michel Legrand

I turned down a lot of things that were so-called commercial.
You're coming out of one film, and then they want you to be in the same one.
- Robin Wright Penn

I think what makes a good action film is a story that gets you involved.
Just action, by itself, is not going to work.
- Jan de Bont

I was able to do To Sleep with Anger,
a very powerful film about African Americans,
their spirituality, and the things that happened within
a small community and a family.
- Danny Glover

It's a required part of your film history to know who Woody is.
His movies are so wonderful, and not just funny but
so insightful about human behavior.
- Scarlett Johansson

Well I was on the jury duty on the Deauville Film Festival,
a few years ago.
- Liam Neeson

I think when you watch the dailies, the film that you shoot every day,
you're very excited by it and very optimistic about how it's going to work.
- Joel Coen

In any film there's always a historical implication.
- Oliver Stone

One good thing about acting in film is that it's good therapy.
- Denzel Washington

I was truly ignorant about art before the film.
- Claire Forlani

Is this film more interesting than a documentary of
the same actors having lunch?
- Gene Siskel

The studio should not have released this film.
- Joel Siegel

My whole goal was to be able to work in television
and film and maintain a normal life,
never be in a tabloid.
- Pauley Perrette

Andrew has talked about my character being the conscience of the film,
the heart of the film.
- Jared Leto

Film is not an easy occupation.
There's a lot of occupations that are difficult and film is one of them.
- George Lucas

There is so much to do on a film set.
It is an extraordinarily invigorating and wonderful place to be,
when things are running well.
- Ben Kingsley

I don't think that digital photography is romantic yet.
It's not sympathetic the way that film is.
- Matthew Modine

You get an image after you act in a film,
but it is not necessary that you last long because of that image.
- Ajay Devgan

It's really rare for film directors to be that interested
in things other than themselves.
- Alan Cumming

The Sand Pebbles has always been one of my favorite films,
I suppose because its the most difficult film -
from a physical and logistical standpoint -
that I've ever made.
- Robert Wise

The lifeblood of my career has been independent film.
- James Woods

By the first week of shooting, you know exactly where
your film is heading based on the psychology of your director.
- Jodie Foster

The film Punch - Drunk Love is how you see the world when you're in love.
You don't see somebody's psychological baggage necessarily,
you see the person walking out of the light.
- Emily Watson

I am never driven.
Every film I've made has been an assignment.
- Alain Resnais

I see Igby as my first movie as an adult,
and it's a big deal for me because I really,
really like the film.
- Kieran Culkin

Fate destined me to play Fagin.
It was the part of a lifetime, and I was the only actor
to be in the stage production and in the film.
- Ron Moody

I've done lots of songs for film soundtracks and things like that -
stuff I'm not ashamed of,
but that doesn't represent my legacy with the Pretenders.
- Chrissie Hynde

The film industry is about saying 'no' to people,
and inherently you cannot take 'no' for an answer.
- James Cameron

Well I would never say to anybody that Warren Beatty got fired,
but uh, I think he and Quentin fell out of love,
and I think Warren told Quentin to hire me for the film.
- David Carradine

Reservoir Dogs is a small film, and part of its charm
was that it was a small film.
I'd probably make it for $3 million now so I'd have more breathing room.
- Quentin Tarantino

War is chaotic and when you start having a larger scale
film and you have a lot of safety protocols and choreography,
I would imagine it becomes more difficult.
- Adrien Brody

Many French directors, having now realised there was no more real criticism,
that the standards of the past have gone,
are very offended about the quality of film criticism.
- Wim Wenders

When Tim Allen made The Santa Clause,
I thought that was a delightful film.
It took a modern sensibility but layered onto it a kind of sentiment.
- Leonard Maltin

Obviously in Art of Noise, I'm just part of the group,
and when I do film scores, it's always in collaboration
with the director and other people involved.
- Anne Dudley

I never thought of becoming a director.
When I was twelve, the passage from silent film to
the talkies had an impact on me -
I still watch silent films.
- Alain Resnais

Similarly, the Marquis is presented in this film as
someone who would disturb the status quo and therefore must be kept imprisoned.
- Philip Kaufman

I'm just ah, actually developing a tv show for HBO,
and I'm directing a film this summer,
and actually I'm doing some live shows out in western Canada.
- Bruce McCulloch

The main jokes in this film are about big things,
love and life and zombies - we all get that.
- Simon Pegg

The film of tomorrow appears to me as even more personal
than an individual and autobiographical novel,
like a confession, or a diary.
- Francois Truffaut

I would quite like to do a different accent or play
something so different from myself because Olivia,
the character I play in this film, is similar to me.
- Charlotte Church

I like the smell of film.
I just like knowing there's film going through the camera.
- Steven Spielberg

I think all industries are sexist in nature and I don't
think the film industry is any different.
- Christine Lahti

It's all just one film to me.
Just different chapters.
- Robert Altman

Take a film of Jacques Tati like Mon Oncle which has something quite new -
for me,
unique - in it.
- Norman McLaren

Romeo Must Die was the first film that I did where
I was able to just be free as an actor.
- Anthony Anderson

But for me, really, the written word is always stronger than film.
- Terri Windling

A good opening and a good ending make for a good film
provide they come close together.
- Federico Fellini

I never dreamed that shooting a film would be so hard.
There was less regulation then of child actors' hours.
Even the concept of acting confused me.
- Tatum O'Neal


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