Cinema Quotes

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

 

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world. - Jean Luc Godard

 

The cinema, like the detective story, makes it possible to experience without danger all the excitement, passion and desirousness which must be repressed in a humanitarian ordering of life. - Carl Gustav Jung

 

I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas. - Jean Luc Godard

 

On my way here I passed a local cinema and it turned out you were expecting me after all, for the billboards read: The Mummy Returns. - Margaret Thatcher

 

The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn't. - Jean Luc Godard

 

I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.- Terry Malloy

 

We all go a little mad sometimes.- Norman Bates

 

Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me, aren't you?- Ben Braddock

 

Hey, don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love.- Alvy Singer

 

She's my daughter!...She's my sister! She's my daughter! My sister, my daughter...She's my sister and my daughter.- Evelyn Cross Mulwray

 

Open the pod bay doors, please, HAL.- Dave Bowman

 

Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damn dirty ape.- Taylor

 

Because when you're a call girl, you control it, that's why. Because someone wants you...and for an hour...I'm the best actress in the world.- Bree Daniel

 

So we finish 18 and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, 'Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.' And he says, 'Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.- Carl Spackler

 

Hitler was better-looking than Churchill, he was a better dresser than Churchill, he had more hair, he told funnier jokes, and he could dance the pants off of Churchill!- Franz Liebkind

 

No, I'm all man. I even fought in WWII. Of course, I was wearing women's undergarments under my uniform.- Ed Wood

 

...Your mother's in here with us, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.- Regan MacNEIL

 

You hear me talkin', hillbilly boy? I ain't through with you by a damn sight. I'm gonna get medieval on your ass.- Marcellus Wallace

 

I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.- French Soldier

 

He won't come after me. He won't. I can't explain it. He would consider that...rude.- Clarice Starling

 

Excuse me while I whip this out.- Bart

 

No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!- Auric Goldfinger

 

You know what I am? I'm your worst f---in' nightmare, man. I'm a nigger with a badge. That mean I got permission to kick your f--kin' ass whenever I feel like it.- Reggie Hammond

 

Kid, the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia,' let's go someplace like Bolivia.- Butch Cassidy

 

Wendy?...Darling. Light of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said: 'I'm not gonna hurt ya.' I'm just gonna bash your brains in. I'm gonna bash 'em right the f--- in! Ha, ha.- Jack Torrance

 

I just hate you and I hate your ass face.- Corky St. Clair

 

You shoot off a guy's head with his pants down, believe me, Texas is not the place you wanna get caught.- Louise

 

And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.- Marge Gunderson

 

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.- Verbal Kint

 

I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. The problem may have been that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf.- David St. Hubbins

 

That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.- Wooderson

 

Strangers used to gather together at the cinema and sit together in the dark, like Ancient Greeks participating in the mysteries, dreaming the same dream in unison.-Angela Carter

 

Ten Days That Shook The World, by Eisenstein, I went to see it, and I was so impressed with this film, so impressed with what cinema could do.-Francis Ford Coppola

 

That's what I like about film-it can be bizarre, classic, normal, romantic. Cinema is to me the most versatile thing.-Catherine Deneuve

 

The Western is the only genre whose origins are almost identical with those of the cinema itself.-Andre Bazin

 

The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.-Jim Morrison

 

The British cinema had been very dull and conformist.-Karel Reisz

 

The cinema is an institution nowadays, with its roots sunk deep in the hearts of the millions of people who find enjoyment and entertainment in going to the pictures.-Ivor Novello

 

The essence of cinema is editing. It's the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.-Francis Ford Coppola

 

The King and Queen made the rounds after the film. We were told how we were to respond, and we were in a semi circle in the lounge area of the cinema, they came around after the King, the Queen and both Princesses.-Kim Hunter

 

The theatre fulfills, whereas the cinema is empty.-Marie Trintignant

 

The truth is often terrifying, which I think is one of the motifs of Larry and Andrew's cinema. The cost of knowledge is an important theme. In the second and third films, they explore the consequences of Neo's choice to know the truth. It's a beautiful, beautiful story.-Keanu Reeves

 

The whole aspect of cinema and film festivals should be a moment to come together and celebrate art and humanity. It would be a shame if there was such a divide.-Keanu Reeves

 

There's a great danger in making this seem more important than it is, this whole Free Cinema thing.-Karel Reisz

 

There's still a 1950s view of cinema, that there's one audience and they all want to see the same thing.-Michael Winterbottom

 

This film business, perhaps more so in America than in Europe, has always been about young sexuality. It's not true of theatre, but in America, film audiences are young. It's not an intellectual cinema in America.-Jacqueline Bisset

 

Today films are made to cater to commercial markets created by multiplexes, not for those who enjoy good cinema.-Sunny Deol

 

Today's cinema is a global art form, it is impossible to make movies for a market the size of France, representing no more than 4% of the world's total.-Jean-Jacques Annaud

 

We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema - some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.-Boris Spassky

 

We felt we had to know something of his back story. I don't think people in the cinema would just accept that he's there. I think we had to learn how he (got there).-Andrew Lloyd Webber

 

We have a partnership deal with New Line Records, which is part of New Line Cinema, and... I worked on that.-James Iha

 

I'd like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre, Marx for politics and Freud for psychology: someone after whom nothing is as it used to be.-Rainer W. Fassbinder

 

I'd wanted to be a writer and when I came back to New York worked as a musician too, but I found my writing starting to get more and more referential to cinema.-Jim Jarmusch

 

I'm a huge fan of world cinema, because each country uses cinema in a very individual way.-Mike Figgis

 

I'm getting a little bored by the juxtaposition of American and other cinema. I no longer think this division is as true as it might have been in the 1980s, or the early part of the 90s.-Wim Wenders

 

I'm of course disillusioned with what has happened to World cinema. Now cinemas in both Eastern and Western Europe are filled with the same blockbusters from Hollywood.-Alexander Walker

 

I've been very lucky in my long life. On three continents, in diverse cultures, through happy moments, not-so-happy moments, and moments as marvelous as this one, I've had the privilege of working with the cinema's greatest masters.-Dino De Laurentiis

 

If a violent act towards a woman takes place, and the inspiration for that act is violence in cinema, the inspiration for that act would have come from somewhere else if movies didn't exist.-Richard King

 

If cinema is a woman then certainly there are many shores.-Gerard Depardieu

 

If I'm in theatre, cinema doesn't even cross my mind. Similarly when I'm making a film, theatre doesn't cross my mind.-John Hurt

 

If you can't believe a little in what you see on the screen, it's not worth wasting your time on cinema.-Serge Daney

 

If you lived in a provincial town like Torre Annunziata, where there was nothing to do in the evening but go to the movies with your friends, the cinema was a world of fantasy. I had always been in love with it.-Dino De Laurentiis

 

In a sense I feel very much a part of the cinema now in a way where when I come back to the theater now I feel like a visitor. The cinema is really what I enjoy. I want to do more independent movies.-Brian Cox

 

In cinema, the leading player is the director.-Ben Kingsley

 

In football you have an adversary; in cinema that adversary is yourself.-Eric Cantona

 

Is the cinema more important than life?-Francois Truffaut

 

It is also difficult to articulate the subtleties in cinema, because there aren't words or metaphors which describe many of the emotions you are attempting to evoke.-Conrad Hall

 

It took a while for me to grasp that my colleagues believe I have made an impact on the history of cinema.-Conrad Hall

 

It's a standard staple in Japanese cinema to cut somebody's arm off and have red water hoses for veins, spraying blood everywhere.-Quentin Tarantino

 

It's not worth it, it's not about money, especially when you're dealing with a culture. It should be about elevating the idea of what we are and who we are as people in the cinema, and that kind of stuff keeps dragging us back down.-Antoine Fuqua

 

It's shocking to say, but the cinema is quite a while away from me, and I haven't got a car yet.-Tom Felton

 

I am an animator. I feel like I'm the manager of a animation cinema factory. I am not an executive. I'm rather like a foreman, like the boss of a team of craftsmen. That is the spirit of how I work.-Hayao Miyazaki

 

I am going to produce a movie of my own. I am not going to stick to the time-tested formulae of Hindi cinema. I want to make a film for the present generation. So there will be a lot of new faces in the film.-Kabir Bedi

 

I am not someone who sacrifice all for the cinema, my life will be always more important.-Natalie Portman

 

I am really not interested in the cinema. I loathed it when I started six years ago, and I don't enjoy it even now.-Brigitte Bardot

 

I became producer so that I could work with persons like him and to rock the world of Hong Kong Cinema a bit.-Andy Lau

 

I come from an everyday middle class family in India. The film industry reached us only through our television sets and cinema halls.-Lavrenti Lopes

 

I definitely felt that I was put at a very high place to be able to be a part of such a wonderful franchise in cinema history, so I was definitely very driven at doing a great job and having my body look the way it should and just being a part of the creative process.-Kristanna Loken

 

I did not make this a long film for its own sake. I wanted to make an entertaining film and offer it out there for those who want to see it. If word of mouth suggests there is an audience out there, hopefully their cinema will show it.-Kenneth Branagh

 

I don't go to the cinema much.-Tom Felton

 

I feel very proud that we have managed to stay together. In these forty years we have made forty-six films. Each one has brought a certain name and contribution to cinema.-Ismail Merchant

 

I felt privileged to be a facet of such a jewel in the crown of American cinema.-Tatum O'Neal

 

I guess we've had a very close relationship because I don't pretend to know about cinema and I think I do know a bit about theatre but he does, he respected that and so we really just had a collaboration which went completely like this.-Andrew Lloyd Webber

 

I happen to love working in cinema, but the theater is always there... you know, and I would never shut the door on it. Even though it's been quite a bit of time since I've done a play, last one was in New York.-Michael York

 

I hate that people think going to the theatre is a special occasion. I wish people would treat it as normally as going to the cinema.-Brenda Blethyn

 

I kind of worry about that a little bit - we lost our film culture for 30 years because the Americans came in and bought up all the cinema chains and wouldn't show any Australian films.-Yahoo Serious

 

I like cinema audiences. I respect them, and I talk to them just like I would anybody I know.-Roland Joffe

 

I like cinema. I am very fond of it. But from time to time I feel like having some time on my own.-Patrice Leconte

 

I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel that that's becoming like a lost art in American cinema.-Quentin Tarantino

 

I love watching a good, freaky horror movie. I love it. It's one of my favorite things to do, to go and see at the cinema. Just to tune out and be freaked out.-Yvonne Strahovski

 

I never studied anything about film technique in school. Eventually, I realized that cinema and theater are not so different: from the gut to the heart to the head of a character is the same journey for both.-Ralph Fiennes

 
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