Category Archives: In Their Words

Thoughts from directors around the world.

Born On This Day – December 30, 1906

“They’re all disappointments in the end. You only see the things you wish you had done. In the theatre you can take a play and then change it on tour or cut it down, but once you have finished a … Continue reading

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Born On This Day – December 24, 1886

“Bring on the empty horses!” “The next time I want an idiot to do this, I’ll do it myself!” –Michael Curtiz

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Born On This Day – December 18, 1946

“For me, it’s someone – a protagonist – who is no longer in control of his life, who loses control and then has to somehow regain it. That’s good drama.” “I dream for a living.” –Steven Spielberg

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Born On This Day – December 18, 1904

“I just knew that if you engaged the audience with a promise that something would develop, you were in business. If not, you had to contrive automatic ridiculousness continuously. Comedy, in this sense, is all about preparation. Things have to … Continue reading

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Born On This Day – December 12, 1903

“I follow the general fashion in ordinary manners and moral laws in serious matters, but in art I follow myself. Therefore I won’t do anything I don’t want to do. Even if something is unnatural and I like it, I’ll … Continue reading

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Born On This Day – December 9, 1929

“I’m taking a gamble making the film. I don’t have any money. I just go to the bank and borrow it. And hope. But what isn’t risky about movies? It’s always risky when it’s original… It’s a very dangerous territory … Continue reading

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Born On This Day – December 8, 1861

“The camera I was using in the beginning, a rudimentary affair in which the film would tear or would often refuse to move, produced an unexpected effect one day when I was photographing very prosaically the Place de l’Opera. It … Continue reading

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