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A list of the best film quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous film quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic film quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational film quotes from that same writer.

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I'll be back Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Hello, I Must Be Going Groucho Marx

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

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

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A film is a petrified fountain of thought. Jean Cocteau

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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

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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

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Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it. Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

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

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Cinema is the culmination of the obsessive, mechanistic male drive in western culture. The movie projector is an Apollonian straight-shooter, demonstrating the link between aggression and art. Every pictorial framing is a ritual limitation, a barred precinct. Camille Paglia

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People sometimes say that the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television -- you don't feel anything. Andy Warhol

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The cinema, like the detective story, makes it possible to experience without danger all the excitement, passion and desirousness which must be repressed in a humanitarian ordering of life. Carl Jung

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For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake. Alfred Hitchcock

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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. Orson Welles

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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

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There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education. Will Rogers

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Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union. Samuel Goldwyn

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Film is more than the twentieth-century art. It's another part of the twentieth-century mind. It's the world seen from inside. We've come to a certain point in the history of film. If a thing can be filmed, the film is implied in the thing itself. This is where we are. The twentieth century is on film. You have to ask yourself if there's anything about us more important than the fact that we're constantly on film, constantly watching ourselves. Don DeLillo

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What is saved in the cinema when it achieves art is a spontaneous continuity with all mankind. It is not an art of the princes or the bourgeoisie. It is popular and vagrant. In the sky of the cinema people learn what they might have been and discover what belongs to them apart from their single lives. John Berger

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My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water. Robert Bresson

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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. Orson Welles

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A strange thing has happened -- while all the other arts were born naked, this, the youngest, has been born fully-clothed. It can say everything before it has anything to say. It is as if the savage tribe, instead of finding two bars of iron to play with, had found scattering the seashore fiddles, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, grand pianos by Erhard and Bechstein, and had begun with incredible energy, but without knowing a note of music, to hammer and thump upon them all at the same time. Virginia Woolf

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In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret. Susan Sontag

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The motion picture is like a picture of a lady in a half-piece bathing suit. If she wore a few more clothes, you might be intrigued. If she wore no clothes at all, you might be shocked. But the way it is, you are occupied with noticing that her knees are too bony and that her toenails are too large. The modern film tries too hard to be real. Its techniques of illusion are so perfect that it requires no contribution from the audience but a mouthful of popcorn. Raymond Chandler

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The making of a picture ought surely to be a rather fascinating adventure. It is not; it is an endless contention of tawdry egos, some of them powerful, almost all of them vociferous, and almost none of them capable of anything much more creative than credit-stealing and self-promotion. Raymond Chandler

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"'Mixtape' is a very appropriate word to include in the title of Goran Hugo Olsson’s film because it includes a rich mixture of cultural voices. They speak across different dividing lines such as those of haves and have-nots, youth and maturity, black and white, national and global, and the past and the present." Aberjhani

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The movies today are too rich to have any room for genuine artists. They produce a few passable craftsmen, but no artists. Can you imagine a Beethoven making $100, 000 a year? H. L. Mencken

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Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms. Alfred Hitchcock