No film is ever really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
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.
There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.
A film should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
A tip from Lubitsch. Let the audience add up two plus two. They'll love you forever.
Cinema is vice. I love it intimately.
A film that can be described in words is not really a film.
There's nothing that says more about the creator than the work itself.
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.
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.
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Second Sight Cinema Live Coverage From Hollywood?
at the?2018 TCM Classic Film Festival!
[April 26-April 29]
Second Sight Cinema returns to Hollywood for our sixth TCM Film Festival, media credentials proudly in hand, to cover everything from pre-festival doings?fan gatherings, lectures and presentations, tours, the whole nine yards?to the mad whirl of official screenings and events, to the post-fest catch-our-breath musings on the experience. From nitrate to noir, pre-Code to silents, tearjerkers to comedies, I’ll bring you my best insights, observations, and celebrity sightings.
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