- joe gillis: You used to be in pictures. You used to be big.
norma desmond: I am big. It's the pictures that got small.
Sunset Boulevard (1950 film, with D. M. Marshman Jr.) 1892–1969 and 1906–2002 American screenwriters:
- There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.
People 16 September 1991 1897–1991 Italian-born American film director: in
- If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come. 1888–1959 American writer of detective fiction: letter to Charles W. Morton, 12 December 1945
- Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is ‘elephant’.
on the universality of silent films
The Movie Greats (1981) 1889–1977 English film actor and director: B. Norman
- Never judge a book by its movie.
Breakfast with Sharks (2004): attributed; Michael Lent
- Photography is truth. The cinema is truth 24 times per second.
Le Petit Soldat (1960 film) 1930– French film director:
- Ce n'est pas une image juste, c'est juste une image.
This is not a just image, it is just an image.
Godard: Images, Sounds, Politics (1980) 1930– French film director: Colin MacCabe
- georges franju: Movies should have a beginning, a middle and an end.
jean-luc godard: Certainly, but not necessarily in that order.
Time 14 September 1981; see Aristotle 1930– French film director: in
- Nobody knows anything.
on the film industry
Adventures in the Screen Trade (1984) 1931– American novelist, dramatist, and screenwriter:
- Why should people go out and pay to see bad movies when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
Observer 9 September 1956 1882–1974 American film producer: in
- Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.
Goldwyn (1976) ch. 15 1882–1974 American film producer: Arthur Marx
- What we need is a story that starts with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax. 1882–1974 American film producer: attributed, perhaps apocryphal
- If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
Newsweek 11 June 1956 1899–1980 British-born film director: in
- The words ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ which I saw on an Italian movie poster, are perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of movies.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (1968) ‘Note on the Title’ 1919–2001 American film critic:
- Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.
Writers at Work 1st Series (1958) 1893–1967 American critic and humorist: Malcolm Cowley
- There is only one thing that can kill the movies, and that is education.
Autobiography of Will Rogers (1949) 1879–1935 American actor and humorist:
- The lunatics have taken charge of the asylum.
on the take-over of United Artists by Charles Chaplin and others
c.1881–1947 American film producer: Terry Ramsaye A Million and One Nights (1926) vol. 2, ch. 79
- This is the biggest electric train a boy ever had!
of the RKO studios
Orson Welles (1946) ch. 6 1915–85 American actor and film director: Roy Fowler
- A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
International Film Annual no. 2 (1958) 1915–85 American actor and film director: ‘Ribbon of Dreams’ in
- I wouldn't say when you've seen one Western you've seen the lot; but when you've seen the lot you get the feeling you've seen one.
Sunday Best (1976) ‘Decoding the West’ 1928– English journalist: