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I have not seen this quote anywhere except wq mirrors. Please restore it if it actually does appear somewhere else. ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 05:19, 23 October 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • "There is no such thing as an old film. What people call old films are simply films made before they were born."
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External links?[edit]

Why are there almost 30 external links to this article? Seems like overkill, or worse, a linkfarm. BD2412 T 19:10, 14 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • A script only dies when the producer stops working on it -Daniel Grodnik
  • I like to work with first time directors as long as it's their second picture. - Daniel Grodnik
  • American capitalism finds its sharpest and most expressive reflection in the American cinema. — Sergei Eisenstein
  • "No one ever went broke in Hollywood underestimating the intelligence of the public." ~ Elsa Maxwell
  • "There's no crying in independent film." ~ Robert Redford, (Tanner on Tanner episode 1)
  • A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
    Variation: A good film is when the price of the admission, the dinner and the babysitter was well worth it. ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  • "Cinema has evolved in two paths. One is spectacle. Like the phantasmagoria, its goal is the creation of a total substitute sensory world. The other is peep show, which claims for its realm both the erotic and the untampered observance of real life, and imitates the keyhole or voyeur's window without need of color, noise, grandeur." ~ Jim Morrison
  • "Most of us do not consciously look at movies." ~ Roger Ebert
  • "Every great film should seem new every time you see it." ~ Roger Ebert
  • "No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough." ~ Roger Ebert
  • "No good movie is depressing; all bad movies are depressing" ~ Roger Ebert
  • "There are two things you can't argue in film: comedy and eroticism. If something doesn't make you laugh, no one can tell you why it's funny, and it's difficult to reason someone out of an erection." ~ Roger Ebert
  • The grass isn't greener, it's dead. Producer, Daniel Grodnik
  • "I certainly get the sensation that we've kind of hit a wall in the last 20 years. Obviously, people are pushing the technical side of it - and when Avatar comes out that'll be a game-changer for sure - but in terms of the grammar of cinema, I haven't seen anything made since the late '70s or early '80s that I felt was really pushing the ball forward. That doesn't mean I haven't seen some good movies, but I don't feel like there's been a new wave of of how stories are told cinematically." ~ Steven Soderbergh
  • "As soon as television became the only secondary way in which films were watched, films had to adhere to a pretty linear system, whereby you can drift off for ten minutes and go and answer the phone and not really lose your place." ~ Christopher Nolan
  • "People will say, 'There are a million ways to shoot a scene,' but I don't think so. I think there're two, maybe. And the other one is wrong." ~ David Fincher
  • "As filmmaker, I ask questions but don't have answers. Moviemaking is a philosophical exploration. I invite the audience to come on the journey and discover what they think and feel." ~ David Cronenberg
  • "Films that are entertainments give simple answers but I think that's ultimately more cynical, as it denies the viewer room to think. If there are more answers at the end, then surely it is a richer experience." ~ Michael Haneke
  • "For me, filmmaking combines everything. That’s the reason I’ve made cinema my life’s work. In films, painting and literature, theatre and music come together. But a film is still a film." ~ Akira Kurosawa
  • If Wagner lived today, he would probably work with film instead of music. He already knew back then that the Great Art Form would include a sort of fourth dimension; it was really film he was talking about. ~ Harmony Korine
  • "Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls." ~ Ingmar Bergman
  • "I like to make films because I like to go into another world. I like to get lost in another world. And film to me is a magical medium that makes you dream...allows you to dream in the dark. It's just a fantastic thing, to get lost inside the world of film." ~ David Lynch
  • "The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle." ~ Stanley Kubrick
  • "To the question, ‘Is the cinema an art?’ my answer is, ‘what does it matter?’… You can make films or you can cultivate a garden. Both have as much claim to being called an art as a poem by Verlaine or a painting by Delacroix… Art is ‘making’." ~ Jean Renoir
  • "Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash, we have very little reason to be interested in them" ~ Pauline Kael
  • "As absurd as it might sound, there's a strange synergy between very bad movies and very good ones. That's because films on either extreme of the quality scale have the ability to burrow deep into the subconscious, with unpredictable and occasionally remarkable results. Great works of art can cause euphoria, touch a deep emotional chord, or, in rare cases, affect fundamental changes in a person's outlook on life. Conversely, viewing unwatchable tripe can be damaging, possibly resulting in psychotic episodes, an appreciation of '70s fashion, or leaping to the defense of Pauly Shore" ~ James Berardinelli
  • "On those rare occasions when a great motion picture reaches multiplexes, the film critic must add another aspect to his or her job description: that of cheerleader" ~ James Berardinelli
  • "I always ask myself, 'Is the movie that I am watching as interesting as a documentary of the same actors having lunch together?'" ~ Gene Siskel
  • " I am a junky. If movies could kill you, I would've been dead years ago." ~ Scott Weinberg
  • "I hate when people cry in movies. It's particularly disconcerting when you're sitting at a really awful movie and you hear people all around you sobbing and blowing their noses." ~ Joel Coen
  • "It's an artistic calling. It's a religion. You shouldn't be doing it as just a day job, to pay for your pool or pay for your house in Barbados. You should do it when it's special, when you'd die for the movie, when the movie is your baby." ~ Quentin Tarantino
  • "No matter how many times you do it, you don't get used to the sadness - for me at least - of coming to the end of a film." ~ Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Movies touch our hearts, and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places. They open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our lifetime. We need to keep them alive.
    • Who: Martin Scorsese