“Any good movie is filled with secrets. If a director doesn’t leave anything unsaid, it’s a lousy picture. If a picture’s unsaid, it’s a lousy picture. If a picture is good, it’s mysterious, with things unsaid.” — Ernst Lubitsch
“I come from a school where you work by implication rather than by direct display. Whether it’s violence or sex, I still believe you can show both of those quite well without going into explicit detail.” — Fred Zinneman Source: 1982
“There are so many things necessary for the making of good pictures, and so few people can qualify! They grasp the superficial points, fill in with a lot of ‘hokum’ and ‘get by,’ temporarily! But there is no sincerity, and it tells in the end. Whatever I do may be wrong, but while I am […]
“I felt the urge to direct, because I couldn’t stomach what was being done with what I wrote.” — Joseph Mankiewicz (1909-1993)
“It’s no wonder they say Wilder is out of touch with the times. Who the hell wants to be in touch with these times?” — Billy Wilder in 1975. Source: Robert Horton’s book, Billy Wilder: Interviews Photo: Annie Leibovitz (taken much later, of course)
“My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.” — Woody Allen Photographer: Irving Penn.
“Yep, this business is the biggest gamble. It’s very true here that prosperity is just around the corner. And there are a lot of corners in making pictures.” — W.S. Van Dyke Source: 1937 Posing with his wife, Ruth Mannix, after the birth of Jr., their second of three children together. The Van Dykes’ first […]
“This is the only industry that finances its own blackmail.” — Producer Walter Wanger on Hollywood’s gossip columnists.
“There isn’t another location in the world so consistently suited for producing motion pictures as Los Angeles. Being a director, I can speak from the director’s point of view. The light and the clearness of the atmosphere cannot be beaten anywhere. These make for fine photography which is a most necessary element of motion pictures. […]
“I do not believe the great vogue of the stage star on the screen is going to last. I have never encouraged it at the Edison plant; in fact, I have been against it. I believe the players who are trained in picture work can better portray a given character than one comes to it […]