Selected Quotes about Film / Filmmaking / Movies

The people are unreal. The flowers are unreal, they don't smell. The food is unreal, it doesn't taste of anything. The whole place is a glaring, gaudy, nightmarish set, built up in the desert. -- Ethel Barrymore

No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight of the soul. -- Ingrid Bergman

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl. -- Charlie Chaplin

Going to the cinema is like returning to the womb; you sit there, still and meditative in the darkness, waiting for life to appear on the screen. -- Federico Fellini

François Truffaut defined a great movie as a perfect blend of truth and spectacle. Now it's become bifurcated. Studio films are all spectacle and no truth, and independent films are all truth and no spectacle. -- Howard Franklin

There rise her timeless capitals of empires daily born, Whose plinths are laid at midnight and whose streets are packed at morn; And here come tired youths and maids that feign to love or sin In tones like rusty razor blades to tunes like smitten tin. -- Rudyard Kipling

A film is -- or should be -- more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. -- Stanley Kubrick

There is no more interesting place in the world to meet characters than a movie set. If you have lost anybody anywhere and don’t know where they are, they are in Hollywood trying to get in the movies. -- Will Rogers

The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it. -- James Thurber

The greatest films are those which show how society shapes man. The greatest plays are those which show how man shapes society. -- Kenneth Tynan

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