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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
[M]ovie-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