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Actors, Acting
Engrave this Quote Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.
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-Orson Welles
America
Engrave this Quote The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left.
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Difficulty
Engrave this Quote When you are down and out something always turns up -- and it is usually the noses of your friends.
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Education
Engrave this Quote They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies.
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Entertainment
Engrave this Quote The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.
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Film / Filmmaking / Movies
Engrave this Quote A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
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Engrave this Quote I rather think the cinema will die. Look at the energy being exerted to revive it -- yesterday it was color, today three dimensions. I don't give it forty years more. Witness the decline of conversation. Only the Irish have remained incomparable conversationalists, maybe because technical progress has passed them by.
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Engrave this Quote The director is simply the audience. So the terrible burden of the director is to take the place of that yawning vacuum, to be the audience and to select from what happens during the day which movement shall be a disaster and which a gala night. His job is to preside over accidents.
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Genius
Engrave this Quote Everybody denies I am a genius --but nobody ever called me one!
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Hollywood
Engrave this Quote Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.
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Kindness
Engrave this Quote My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.
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Law
Engrave this Quote The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism.
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Mankind, Man
Engrave this Quote Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
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Manners
Engrave this Quote I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
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Men
Engrave this Quote I think we're a kind of desperation. We're sort of a maddening luxury. The basic and essential human is the woman, and all that we're doing is trying to brighten up the place. That's why all the birds who belong to our sex have prettier feathers -- because males have got to try and justify their existence.
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Passion
Engrave this Quote Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.
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Politics
Engrave this Quote Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there.
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Prayer
Engrave this Quote I hate it when people pray on the screen. It's not because I hate praying, but whenever I see an actor fold his hands and look up in the spotlight, I'm lost. There's only one other thing in the movies I hate as much, and that's sex. You just can't get in bed or pray to God and convince me on the screen.
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Progress
Engrave this Quote In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
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-Orson Welles, in The Third Man 1949
Quotations
Engrave this Quote Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.
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Solitude
Engrave this Quote We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
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Television
Engrave this Quote I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
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Theater
Engrave this Quote I would just like to mention Robert Houdin who in the eighteenth century invented the vanishing birdcage trick and the theater matinee - may he rot and perish. Good afternoon.
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Engrave this Quote I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.
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Women
Engrave this Quote If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girl friends. And they tolerated it and let us go ahead and play with our toys.
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