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The theatre is a bad thing to live on! It gets into one's bones like an illness. One can wash the make-up off one's face, but one gets a theatrical varnish on one's soul, which makes one think of life as a painted cardboard arrangement that is all right as long as it makes a good show, and of God as a kind of huge property man, who is apt to make mistakes with the accessories. ~Anita Vivanti Chartres (1866–1942), The Hunt for Happiness, 1896 


Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.  ~Roman Polanski


Acting:  An art which consists of keeping the audience from coughing.  ~Ralph Richardson


Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.  ~Alfred Hitchcock


Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.  ~John LeCarre


The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.  ~Alfred Hitchcock


A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.  ~Alfred Hitchcock


A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.  ~Don Marquis


Never judge a book by its movie.  ~J.W. Eagan


I've spent several years in Hollywood, and I still think the movie heroes are in the audience.  ~Wilson Mizner


Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.  ~Jessamyn West


Most horror movies are certainly that.  ~Brendan Francis


You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather.  Later he played my father and finally he played my husband.  If he had lived I'm sure I would have played his mother.  That's the way it is in Hollywood.  The men get younger and the women get older.  ~Lillian Gish


I like the play that does not end. The play whose last act is a beginning. ~Horace Traubel (1858–1919), "Play things xxxviii," review of Minnie Maddern Fiske's Leah Kleshna, in The Conservator, March 1905


What puzzles most of us are the things which have been left in the movies rather than the things which have been taken out.  ~Agnes Repplier


What I've learned is that life is too short and movies are too long.  ~Denis Leary


There are only three ages for women in Hollywood - Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.  ~Goldie Hawn


Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.  ~River Phoenix


[It] is a good story before the actors take it. It becomes a better story as the actors pass it along. ~Horace Traubel (1858–1919), "Play things xxxviii," about Minnie Maddern Fiske's Leah Kleshna, in The Conservator, March 1905


Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay home and see bad television for nothing?  ~Samuel Goldwyn


Compared to a novel, a film is like an economy pizza where there are no olives, no ham, no anchovies, no mushrooms, and all you've got is the dough.  ~Louis de Bernières


Horror films don't create fear. They release it. ~Wes Craven


The chief difference between horror fans and science fiction fans lies in why they won't walk backwards.  A horror fan won't walk backwards because he knows he'll be knifed by a madman.  A science fiction fan won't walk backwards because he knows he'll step on the cat.  ~Aaron Allston


It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkies instead of the other way around.  ~Mary Pickford


A play should give you something to think about.  When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can't be much good.  ~T.S. Eliot, New York Post, 22 September 1963


Why does tragedy exist? Because you are full of rage. Why are you full of rage? Because you are full of grief.... Grief and rage—you need to contain that, to put a frame around it, where it can play itself out without you or your kin having to die.... It is a theater of sacrifice... ~Anne Carson, Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides, 2006


Why do critics make such an outcry against tragicomedies? is not life one?  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Rated G is nobody gets the girl.  PG is the good guy gets the girl.  R is the bad guy gets the girl.  XXX is everybody gets the girl.  ~Author Unknown


[M]ovie-making is the process of turning money into light.  All they have at the end of the day is images flickering on a wall.  ~John Boorman, Money into Light, 1985


There's no thief like a bad movie.  ~Sam Ewing


If I find a film dull, I find it infinitely more entertaining to watch the scratches.  ~Norman McLaren



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