No film is ever really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

Orson Welles

A long-playing full shot is what always separates the men from the boys. Anybody can make movies with a pair of scissors and a two-inch lens.

Orson Welles

There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.

Frank Capra

A film should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order.

Jean-Luc Godard

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

Orson Welles

A tip from Lubitsch. Let the audience add up two plus two. They'll love you forever.

Billy Wilder

Cinema is vice. I love it intimately.

Fritz Lang

A film that can be described in words is not really a film.

Michelangelo Antonioni

There's nothing that says more about the creator than the work itself.

Akira Kurosawa

For ten years we had all been told to go out and die for freedom and democracy, but now the war was over. The Red Shoes told us to go out and die for art.

Michael Powell

When the last dime is gone I'll sit on the curb outside with a pencil and a ten-cent notebook and start the whole thing over again.

Preston Sturges

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