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Why does tragedy exist? Because you are full of rage. Why are you full of rage? Because you are full of grief…. Grief and rage—you need to contain that, to put a frame around it, where it can play itself out without you or your kin having to die…. It is a theater of sacrifice… Anne Carson

Why do critics make such an outcry against tragicomedies? is not life one? Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Rated G is nobody gets the girl.  PG is the good guy gets the girl.  R is the bad guy gets the girl.  XXX is everybody gets the girl. Author Unknown

It is painful to watch children trying to show off for parents who are engrossed in their cell phones. Children are nostalgic for the ‘good old days’ when parents used to read to them without the cell phone by their side or watch football games or Disney movies without having the BlackBerry handy. Sherry Turkle

Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee. James Cameron

I like to go out if there’s a party or go to the movies, but I just like hanging out with my buddies and having a good time. Jean-Luc Bilodeau

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. Orson Welles

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

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later. Stanley Kubrick

Life is more than sunglasses and hit movies. Reality – that’s the main event. Sylvester Stallone

I’ve had broken bones and cuts and dashes and tears from movies, but when I was five, my mom put the biscuits up high so we wouldn’t be helping ourselves. So, one day I asked to stand up on a chair to get a biscuit, and it fell, and the corner of the chair went right into the side of my eye, and it made a big hole in there. Gerard Butler

Television is chewing gum for the eyes. Frank Lloyd Wright

It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkies instead of the other way around. Mary Pickford

A play should give you something to think about.  When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can’t be much good. T.S. Eliot, New York Post, 22 September 1963

Movie-making is the process of turning money into light.  All they have at the end of the day is images flickering on a wall. John Boorman, Money into Light, 1985

There’s no thief like a bad movie. Sam Ewing

If I find a film dull, I find it infinitely more entertaining to watch the scratches. Norman McLaren

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The theatre is a bad thing to live on! It gets into one’s bones like an illness. One can wash the make-up off one’s face, but one gets a theatrical varnish on one’s soul, which makes one think of life as a painted cardboard arrangement that is all right as long as it makes a good show, and of God as a kind of huge property man, who is apt to make mistakes with the accessories. Anita Vivanti Chartres (1866–1942), The Hunt for Happiness, 1896

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater. Roman Polanski

Acting:  An art which consists of keeping the audience from coughing. Ralph Richardson

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Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. Alfred Hitchcock

Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes. John LeCarre

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I’ve always loved movies about con men. I think con men are as American as apple pie. Bill Paxton

My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave. Burt Reynolds

Obviously, I’ve been on sets before but nothing as big as ‘Twilight.’ You forget sometimes that you’re on set of one of the biggest movies ever- so when you just sit back and think about it its just so incredible. It’s such a great learning experience. Booboo Stewart

Making movies, you’re like an independent contractor – you come in, you have a specific job, and a lot of what you do is completely manipulated, which is good and bad. Zooey Deschanel

There are lots of great movies coming out of the U.S. but it’s not something I’ve ever really been interested in. They’re great films but I much prefer the smaller independent films, which are more thought provoking and experimental. Billie Piper

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[It] is a good story before the actors take it. It becomes a better story as the actors pass it along. Horace Traubel (1858–1919), “Play things xxxviii,” about Minnie Maddern Fiske’s Leah Kleshna, in The Conservator, March 1905

Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay home and see bad television for nothing? Samuel Goldwyn

Compared to a novel, a film is like an economy pizza where there are no olives, no ham, no anchovies, no mushrooms, and all you’ve got is the dough. Louis de Bernières

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Horror films don’t create fear. They release it. Wes Craven

The chief difference between horror fans and science fiction fans lies in why they won’t walk backwards.  A horror fan won’t walk backwards because he knows he’ll be knifed by a madman.  A science fiction fan won’t walk backwards because he knows he’ll step on the cat. Aaron Allston

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Nothing to me is unexpected. No disappointment is unexpected – whether it’s movies or people or relationships. I’m always ready for the punch directly between the eyes. So I get hurt, but I never get hurt. Happens all the time. Brian Grazer

When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream. Elvis Presley

I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine. Audrey Hepburn

I always try to describe making movies like summer camp, or some holiday where you spend all day, every day with a new group of people whom you kind of love and then never see again. Eddie Redmayne

The best part of making the movies… learning from the pros themselves. Michelle Rodriguez

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

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

A sequel is an admission that you’ve been reduced to imitating yourself. Don Marquis

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Never judge a book by its movie. J.W. Eagan

I’ve spent several years in Hollywood, and I still think the movie heroes are in the audience. Wilson Mizner

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I crave working on those small independent movies because I love going to see those myself. Orlando Bloom

Making movies is a dangerous job. Because you are always the one who stands at the center of the universe when making movies. Emir Kusturica

I think that weird rumor or idea in Hollywood that people don’t want to see female-driven movies couldn’t be further from the truth. Women buy tickets to movies. Michelle Monaghan

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible. Alfred Hitchcock

If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. Kathryn Bigelow

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I like the play that does not end. The play whose last act is a beginning.  Horace Traubel (1858–1919), “Play things xxxviii,” review of Minnie Maddern Fiske’s Leah Kleshna, in The Conservator, March 1905

What puzzles most of us are the things which have been left in the movies rather than the things which have been taken out. Agnes Repplier

What I’ve learned is that life is too short and movies are too long. Denis Leary

There are only three ages for women in Hollywood – Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy. Goldie Hawn

Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on. River Phoenix

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Sometimes over things that I did, movies that didn’t turn out very well – you go, ‘Why did you do that?’ But in the end, I can’t regret them because I met amazing people. There was always something that was worth it. Robin Williams

I never enjoyed working in a film. Marlene Dietrich

Why is the public so interested in movies about the wealthy? My answer is that Shakespeare wrote about kings. That’s where the action is. And it’s the classic, cathartic thing. You get to indulge in a lifestyle you’re not part of, a tragic error leads to a downfall, and you get to say, ‘Thank God I’m not him.’ Nicholas Jarecki

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When Ginger Rogers danced with Astaire, it was the only time in the movies when you looked at the man, not the woman. Gene Kelly

That’s probably when I get the most angry at American movies, when they just so cynically manipulate the audience without even trying to give a good story. Gene Siskel

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Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes. Robert Altman

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. Jessamyn West

Most horror movies are certainly that. Brendan Francis

You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather.  Later he played my father and finally he played my husband.  If he had lived I’m sure I would have played his mother.  That’s the way it is in Hollywood.  The men get younger and the women get older. Lillian Gish

I never was that boy who loved gangster films, but when I was growing up, I was obsessed with the detective Dick Tracy. It was one of my favourite movies as a kid, and he really inspired me. I would have loved to be part of that golden age of Hollywood in the 1940s. It made me want to become an actor. Ryan Gosling

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I live making comics. Comics is an industrial art but less suffering, because comics are for young people who are more adventurous. I do that. I live off comics, and then I write books, but when you want movies, you cannot make movies without money. Alejandro Jodorowsky

I have a real problem with watching movies where I see this perfect woman who is married to the man in question, who has a perfect life, who has perfect hair, perfect clothes, and doesn’t give you any of the kind of reality that you’re used to. Caroline Goodall

I had a certain career as an actor that I think was quite personal as well, and had a lot of integrity, but I wasn’t writing my own things or directing my own movies. Jodie Foster

I don’t watch many comic-book movies. But I loved ‘Sin City.’ Marjane Satrapi

Making movies is really hard. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Madonna Ciccone

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With horror movies, a bigger budget is actually your enemy. You want to feel the rough edges, the handmade quality to good horror films. It’s a genre that benefits from not having everything at your disposal. Drew Goddard

A lot of young filmmakers bring their movies to my dad because he always gives lots of good editing ideas and notes. He’d be a good film professor. Sofia Coppola

I stopped making movies because I don’t like taking my clothes off. Maybe it’s realism, but in my opinion, it’s utter filth. Debbie Reynolds

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Steven Spielberg is unique. I feel that the kinds of movies he loves are the same kinds of movies that the big mass audience loves. He’s very fortunate because he can do the things he naturally likes the best, and he’s been very successful. Francis Ford Coppola

Well, it gives me the opportunity to make the movies that I want to do, because L’Oreal pays me very well. Also it means that I can work with great directors. My last commercial was directed by Erick Zonca, who made ‘Dream Life of Angels.’ And finally, it doesn’t take up a lot of my time. Virginie LeDoyen

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I moved to New York City when I was 20 years old, started making movies non-stop. I didn’t have any friends, so I would just sit at home all night editing on my iMac. Casey Neistat

I went to the opening of ‘Sister Act,’ and I had such a great time. I had no idea what it was about, and I had never seen the movies. But I heard the show went through some major last-minute craziness in previews, and man, opening night was really fun and really entertaining. Aaron Lazar

Maybe there are people who are gamers who haven’t seen movies I have made, or the movies I have made have made no impression on them at all. Kevin Spacey

The notion of artistic responsibility begs questions with no satisfactory conclusions, the most inevitable and ineffectual being that we should just keep thinking and talking about it, given that the alternative – a governmental body monitoring the movies we make and see – is unacceptable. Steve Erickson

I have my problems with ‘Singles’. To me, ‘Singles’ is the least successful of the movies I’ve been lucky enough to make. Cameron Crowe

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I think it’s more interesting to see people who don’t feel appropriately. I relate to that, because sometimes I don’t feel anything at all for things I’m supposed to, and other times I feel too much. It’s not always like it is in the movies. Ryan Gosling

I think people like to see the lives of artists that are legends. They always go through the dark periods and I think just as humans we like to see that and them coming out of it. I love those kinds of movies. Kristen Wiig

In the movies, you want a good story and characters that are honest, but you are also looking for a good director who can lead the ship. That’s how we look at business. Everybody has a great idea for a start-up, and so do their relatives, and they tell me, ‘You gotta build it.’ I say, ‘I have to believe in it.’ Ashton Kutcher

When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.’ Quentin Tarantino

Everything I learned I learned from the movies. Audrey Hepburn

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

I always loved movies, but I never thought I would presume to be a screenwriter and definitely not a director. Cameron Crowe

My favorite movies are the ones that are different the second time, or where you’re constantly discovering new things. It’s not just genre movies, either, and it’s not just about twists. I saw ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ four times in the theater before I realized it’s a love story. I love that. Drew Goddard

I have a very busy life, and not many people who have a career and four kids go out a lot to the movies. Meryl Streep

For me the greatest source of income is still movies. Nothing – stocks, financial speculation, real estate speculation or businesses – makes more money for me than making movies. Jackie Chan

I get inspiration from literally everything and anything. I take inspiration from people, relationships, stories, and I take inspiration from movies I see, books I read and songs I hear. Sabrina Carpenter