Orson Welles (Actor)

#36569 Orson Welles

In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed - they produced ,and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love and five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock! .

Orson Welles Quotes about love
#36570 Orson Welles

He [Welles] was an onlooker at the clumsy, poignant suicide of "The Man on the Ledge," which took place in New York in 1938, when a boy perched for fourteen hours on a window-sill of the Gotham Hotel before plunging into the street. "I stood in the crowd outside for a long time," Welles says pensively, "and wanted to make a film of it all. But they tell me that in the Hollywood version of the film they gave the boy a reason for what he did. That's crazy. It's the crowd that needs explaining." .

Orson Welles Quotes about time
#36571 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 Quotes about men
#36572 Orson Welles

I have always been more interested in experiment, than in accomplishment. I don't take art as seriously as politics. I suppose you are a fool to do it [express a political view as an artist], but if you happen to be more interested in the political question, than the size of your audience, then it doesn't matter. I don't regard my career as something so precious that it comes before my convictions. .

Orson Welles Quotes about politics
#36573 Orson Welles

The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left. .

Orson Welles Quotes about reality
#36574 Orson Welles

I try to be a Christian...I don't pray really, because I don't want to bore . .

Orson Welles Quotes about pray
#36575 Orson Welles

This theatre is your theatre. You are responsible for its creation and its progress. .

Orson Welles Quotes about creation
#36576 Orson Welles

Even if I’d stayed [in the US to finish ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’] I would’ve had to make compromises on the editing, but these would’ve been mine and not the fruit of confused and often semi-hysterical committees. If I had been there myself I would have found my own solutions and saved the pictures in a form which would have carried the stamp of my own effort. .

Orson Welles Quotes about self
#36577 Orson Welles

Hollywood is Hollywood. There’s nothing you can say about it that isn’t true, good or bad. And if you get into it, you have no right to be bitter — you’re the one who sat down, and joined the game. .

Orson Welles Quotes about good
#36578 Orson Welles

The people who’ve done well within the [Hollywood] system are the people whose instincts, whose desires [are in natural alignement with those of the producers] — who want to make the kind of movies that producers want to produce. People who don’t succeed — people who’ve had long, bad times; like [Jean] Renoir, for example, who I think was the best director, ever — are the people who didn’t want to make the kind of pictures that producers want to make. Producers didn’t want to make a Renoir picture, even if it was a success. .

Orson Welles Quotes about success
#36579 Orson Welles

It's about two percent movie-making and ninety-eight percent hustling. It's no way to spend a life. .

Orson Welles Quotes about life
#36580 Orson Welles

I think I made, essentially, a mistake, staying in movies. But it’s a mistake I can’t regret, because it’s like saying, ‘I shouldn’t have stayed married to that woman, but I did because I love her. I would’ve been more successful if I hadn’t been married to her…’ You know? .

Orson Welles Quotes about love
#36581 Orson Welles

One should make movies innocently — the way Adam and Eve named the animals, their first day in the garden…Learn from your own interior vision of things, as if there had never been a D.W.Griffith, or a , or a [John] Ford, or a [Jean] Renoir, or anybody. .

Orson Welles Quotes about animals
#36582 Orson Welles

As for my style, for my vision of the cinema, editing is not simply one aspect; it's the aspect. .

Orson Welles Quotes about vision
#36585 Orson Welles

That doesn't make any sense. Sorry. There's no known way of saying an English sentence in which you begin a sentence with "in" and emphasize it. Get me a jury and show me how you can say "In July" and I'll go down on you. That's just idiotic, if you'll forgive me by saying so. That's just stupid... "In July"; I'd love to know how you emphasize "In" in "In July". Impossible! Meaningless! .

Orson Welles Quotes about love
#36586 Orson Welles

You don't know what I'm up against. Because it's full of, of, of things that are only correct because they're grammatical, but they're tough on the ear, you see. This is a very wearying one. It's unpleasant to read. Unrewarding. "Because Findus freeze the cod at sea, and then add a crumb-crisp" Ooh, "crumb-crisp coating." Ahh, that's tough, "crumb-crisp coating." I think, no, because of the way it's written, you need to break it up, because it's not, it's not as conversationally written. .

Orson Welles Quotes about war
#36587 Orson Welles

"We know a little place in the American Far West, where Charlie Briggs chops up the finest prairie-fed beef and tastes..." (pauses, and continues with a note of disgust in his voice) This is a lot of shit, you know that! You want one more? One more on the beef? .

Orson Welles Quotes about you
#36588 Orson Welles

But you can't emphasize "beef", that's like his wanting me to emphasize "in" before "July"! Come on, fellows, you're losing your heads! I wouldn't direct any living actor like this in Shakespeare! The way you do this, it's impossible! .

Orson Welles Quotes about living
#36589 Orson Welles

The right reading for this is the one I'm giving. .

Orson Welles Quotes about reading
#36590 Orson Welles

I spend... twenty times more for you people than any other commercial I've ever made. You are such pests! Now what is it you want? In your... depths of your ignorance, what is it you want? Whatever it is you want, I can't deliver, 'cause I just don't see it. .

Orson Welles Quotes about time
#36591 Orson Welles

It isn't worth it. No money is worth this... [walks out] .

Orson Welles Quotes about money
#204342 Orson Welles

Were born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that were not alone. .

Orson Welles Quotes about love
#210418 Orson Welles

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. .

Orson Welles Quotes about self
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A good artist should be isolated. If he isnt isolated, something is wrong. .

Orson Welles Quotes about art

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