Quotes on Film

Because the best advice comes concisely from the masters…

“An actor enters through a door, you’ve got nothing. But if he enters through a window, you’ve got a situation.” -Billy Wilder

“Tragedy is a close-up; comedy, a long shot.” -Buster Keaton

“Film is a disease. When it infects your bloodstream, it takes over as the number one hormone; it bosses the enzymes; directs the pineal gland; plays Iago to your psyche. As with heroin, the antidote to film is more film.” -Frank Capra

“Every edit is a lie.” -Jean-Luc Godard

“I’m incapable of doing anything but rough drafts. Each time I see one of my films again, then and only then can I see what I should have done. But I only see things this clearly once the finished print is being shown on the screen everywhere and it’s too late to do anything about it.” -Jean-Pierre Melville

“[Sound design for film] is not reality, but it is the entertaining perception of reality.” -David Yewdall

“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

“How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of “green”?” – Stan Brakhage

“If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.” – Billy Wilder

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