An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





If my films make one more person miserable, I'll feel I have done my job.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight of the soul.


Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982, Swedish-born American screen, stage actress)


Nobody in TV makes as much money as Robert Redford, who likes to make movies for several million dollars only on the condition that they contain some sort of social message. I cannot take very seriously a social message delivered by an actor who is paid nine million dollars to deliver it, and who charges you five dollars to see it.


David Brinkley (1920-, American TV show host)


When we were growing up and saw a Ray Harryhausen movie, we were interested in how it was done. But thank God we got to go through the magic of seeing it before we knew how it was done. You were able to get this beautiful, pure, visceral response to something without knowing too much about it.


Tim Burton (1958-, American director)


Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.


Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977, British comic actor, filmmaker)


A film is a petrified fountain of thought.


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)


A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


Why should people pay good money to go out and see bad films when they can stay home and see bad television for nothing?


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.


Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980, Anglo-American filmmaker)


I'm gonna do four or five of these movies, and it's going to become my career. I'll have to keep expanding the bat suit, because I get fatter every year. I'll be bankrupt. I'll be out opening shopping malls, going from appearance to appearance in a cheesy van. [On playing Batman]


Michael Keaton (1951-, American actor)


Damn right, it's fun. There's good company. It's creative. It's adventurous. Combines high adventure and art with intellection. It's more fun than polo. It's like going undefeated in football.  [When asked if making movies is fun]


Tommy Lee Jones (1946-, American actor, director, screenwriter)


Every time we got something into the camera it was as if we were saying to the 6 million ghosts -- with a wry smile on our faces, and a sense of accomplishment -- "That's for you!" [On shooting Schindler's List]


Ben Kingsley (1943-, British-born American actor)


A film is -- or should be -- more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.


Stanley Kubrick (1928-, American screen writer, film producer, and director)


I've tried like hell to make bad movies good, and I can't. Maybe Marlon Brando has been able to do that at times. But even he has a hard time making The Appaloosa a good movie.


Dylan McDermott


My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave.


Burt Reynolds (1936-, American actor, director)


In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned to write, but evidently can't read. If they could read their stuff, they'd stop writing.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


It doesn't work if the bad guys kill his mother's uncle's friend's neighbor's pet dog. You've got to make the stakes high. [Explaining why the hero's woman must get shot]


Steven Seagal (1952-, American actor, stunt choreographer, producer)


I didn't go out of my way to get into this movie stuff. I think of myself as a writer.


Sam Shepard (1943-, American actor, playwright, director, screenwriter)


In the beginning, all I wanted to do was to be a singer and a dancer. That was my real groove, my real interest. When it came to doing films, my biggest goal was to do a commercial.


Wesley Snipes (1962-, American actor)


It's hard to make a cultural phenomenon every time.


John Travolta (1954-, American actor, dancer)


A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.


Orson Welles (1915-1985, American film maker)


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