Abraham Polonsky

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Abraham Lincoln Polonsky (December 5, 1910October 26, 1999) was an American novelist, screenwriter and film director. In the late 1930s he joined the American Communist Party, and was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s.


  • First of all, directing is an idea that you have of a total flow of images that are going on, which are incidentally actors, words, and objects in space. It's an idea you have of yourself, like the idea you have of your own personality which finds its best representation in the world in terms of specific flows of imaginary images. That's what directing is.
    • as quoted in Directing the Film, Ed Sherman, 1976.
  • What are you gonna do? Kill me? Everybody dies.
  • What do you mean "gangsters"? It's business.


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