Today is a special day. Instead of going on another hypocritical, self-righteous, inarticulate, ignorant rant about films and filmmaking, I’m going to do something special. I’m going to give you some selected quotes from some of my favorite filmmakers. I’m not going to comment on the quotes because I think they will speak for themselves. Enjoy!



Woody Allen


– “Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.”

– “In California, they don’t throw their garbage away – they make it into TV shows.”

– “I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

– “If my films don’t show a profit, I know I’m doing something right.”

– “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”



Francis Ford Coppola

– “I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”

– “I was the kind of kid that had some talents or ability, but it never came out in school.”

– “The stuff that I got in trouble for, the casting for The Godfather or the flag scene in Patton, was the stuff that was remembered, and was considered the good work.”

– “Usually, the stuff that’s your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most.”

– “You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.”



Alfred Hitchcock


– “A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.”

– “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”

– “I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them.”

– “Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.”

– “When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?,’ I say, ‘Your salary.’”



Stanley Kubrick


– “Any time you take a chance you better be sure the rewards are worth the risk because they can put you away just as fast for a 10 dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job.”

– “I never learned anything at all in school and didn’t read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old.”

– “It’s crazy how you can get yourself in a mess sometimes and not even be able to think about it with any sense and yet not be able to think about anything else.”

– “The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.”

– “There are few things more fundamentally encouraging and stimulating than seeing someone else die.”



Martin Scorsese

– “I think there’s only one or two films where I’ve had all the financial support I needed. All the rest, I wish I’d had the money to shoot another 10 days.”

– “It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change the world and if it does, then only temporarily.”

– “More personal films, you could make them, but your budgets would be cut down.”

– “Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.”

– “There’s no such thing as simple. Simple is hard.”



Quentin Tarantino

– “I couldn’t spell anything. I couldn’t remember anything, but I could go to a movie and I knew who starred in it, who directed it, everything.”

– “I don’t believe in elitism. I don’t think the audience is this dumb person lower than me. I am the audience.”

– “I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel that that’s becoming like a lost art in American cinema.”

– “I was kind of excited about going to jail the first time and I learnt some great dialogue.”

– “Movies are not about the weekend that they’re released, and in the grand scheme of things, that’s probably the most unimportant time of a film’s life.”