Quotations, Movies

"Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others."Groucho

"I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house."Zsa Zsa Gábor

"How many husbands have I had? You mean apart from my own?"Zsa Zsa Gábor

"I wasn't born, I was ordered from room service."Zsa Zsa Gábor

"Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do."Zsa Zsa Gábor

"Money isn't everything, but, it's the nearest thing to it."George Sanders in Death of a Scoundrel

"An angel has no memory."Barbarella

"There's never no risk. If you're afraid of risk you're in the wrong business."Jim Gianopulos

"Happiness consists of being able to tell the truth without hurting anyone."Federico

"The only way to avoid Hollywood is to live there."Igor Stravinsky

"Millions are to be grabbed out here and your only competition is idiots. Don't let this get around."Mankiewicz to Hecht, 1927

Hecht at the time was a journalist in New York who had gained some notoriety for writing a story about a dentist who had raped his wife under the heading, 'Dentist Fills Wrong Cavity'.

"Life is total war."Billy Wilder

"How sweet it is!"—Jackie Gleason

Chico: "We gonna play this pianissimo. You know what pianissimo is?"
"How long you study music?"
"Fifteen years."
"You know, two more years you coulda been a plumber?"

"If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything."Marilyn

"Whatever it is, I'm against it!"—Groucho Marx

"A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it."Alfred Hitchcock

"You ain't a cowboy, you ain't shit."Sam Shepard, Fool for Love

Peter Fonda: "Look at those crosses on the mount!" Bruce Dern: "See the real tall one? That’s Channel Thirteen."—The Trip, 1967

"Films can only be made by by-passing the will of those who appear in them, using not what they do, but what they are."Robert Bresson

"Even Cary Grant isn't Cary Grant."—Cary Grant

Gaston: And waiter, do you see that moon? I want to see that moon in the champagne. Waiter: (writes it down) Moon in champagne.—Trouble in Paradise

"I have nothing to say, but I insist on saying it."—

"Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch."Orson Welles

Alan Dershowitz: "What I've seen of the rich, you can have 'em." Claus von Bülow: "I do."—Reversal of Fortune

"Even today, I've no idea what the truth is, or what I did with it."―Luis Buñuel

"We always have enough strength to bear the misfortunes of others."—A Scandal in Paris

"Only the heartless succeed in crime, or in love."—A Scandal in Paris

"Business is the art of getting something for nothing."—Death of a Scoundrel

"Money isn’t everything, but it’s the nearest thing to it."—Death of a Scoundrel

"America's not a country. It's just a business. Now fuckin' pay me."—Killing Them Softly

"Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether."―Luis Buñuel

"Yeah, that's it! 'More'! That's right, I want more!"Johnny Rocco

"A cathedral is divine. God is present. But if a priest appears, God is gone."—Victor Hugo, quoted by Robert Bresson in The Devil, Probably

"Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly."—Mae West

"My God! You English. You think that nothing happens to you below your necks."—Capucine to Dirk Bogarde

"Thank God I'm an atheist."—Luis Buñuel

"I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck."—George Sanders

«Un film n’est pas une tranche de vie, c’est une tranche de gâteau.»—Alfred Hitchcock 

("Some films are slices of life. Mine are slices of cake."—Alfred Hitchcock)

"I've lost all my money on these films. They are not commercial. But I'm glad to lose it this way. To have for a souvenir of my life pictures like Umberto D. and The Bicycle Thief."Vittorio De Sica

"Sex without religion is like an egg without salt."—Luis Buñuel

"Where do the noses go?"Maria in For Whom the Bell Tolls, learning to kiss

"Never do an eating scene with a method actor—they spit all over you."—Humphrey Bogart

"I'm so happy, I'm so happy! Nobody can be so happy without being punished!"—Ninotchka

"I never really thought I'd make the grade. And let's face it, I haven't."—George Sanders

"Part of it went for gambling, part for horses, part for women. The rest I wasted."—George Raft to the IRS

"Tender insolence"—Lawrence Durrell's epitaph on Maurice Chevalier

"I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut."—Billy Wilder

"Desire is always stronger than any virtue. Satan, ora pro nobis."—Agustina Bessa-Luís

"I was beastly but never coarse. A high-class sort of heel."—George Sanders

"You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."―Lucille Ball

"Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own as someone else's."—Billy Wilder

"Show me a happy set and I'll show you a dull movie."—Katherine Hepburn

"It’s easier to fall in love than to find a good story."—Stanley Kubrick

"Days off."—Spencer Tracy, on what he looked for in a script 

"Stills belong in the lobby, not on the screen."William Wyler

"I don't want to go to heaven, I want to go to Claridge's."—Spencer Tracy

"You only live twice, Mr. Bond."—Ernst Stavro Blofeld

"Modesty in an actor is as fake as passion in a call girl."—Jackie Gleason

"It's not really interesting to me, at least, to set up a camera angle. At some points in the filming you really want to take the camera and break it for no reason except that it's just an interference and you don't know what to do with it....The most difficult part of working on a film like Husbands is that the opinions of the crew really affect the people in front of the screen, and sometimes they don't see anything happening. They get despondent. You can feel them loosen up. You can feel you're losing the thing."—John Cassavetes

"I survived because I was tougher than anybody else."—Bette Davis

"You deserve better." "It's not what you deserve. It's what you want."Algiers

"To succeed a film needs 3 things: a good script, a good script, and a good script."—George Arvanitis, my camera man on Emma Blue

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