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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

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

As a child I was taught that it was bad manners to draw attention to yourself and make a spectacle of yourself. I then went on to make a rather nice living doing just that... I am proud to have been in a business that gives pleasure, creates beauty, and awakens our conscience, arouses compassion, and perhaps most importantly gives millions a respite from our so violent world. ~Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993)

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

The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it. ~Dave Barry, "25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years," Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998,

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, unverified

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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