Famous quotes by Directors

Small: Ken Burns - Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the definin
Ken Burns
"Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Alejandro Amenabar - Sometimes a piece of music in the score isnt effective. When a score is too well finished
"Sometimes a piece of music in the score isn't effective. When a score is too well finished with too many elements, sometimes it's too much"
Alejandro Amenabar, Director
Small: Alejandro Amenabar - I wouldnt say Im a very controlling person. For instance, when I talk to the actors, I do
"I wouldn't say I'm a very controlling person. For instance, when I talk to the actors, I don't tell them exactly what I want because I want them to surprise me. I even encourage them to change some of the verses of the script if they need to"
Alejandro Amenabar, Director
Small: Ken Burns - The flame is not out, but it is flickering
Ken Burns
"The flame is not out, but it is flickering"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what were lead to is a life
Ken Burns
"I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear - it's active disengagement"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - I think the problem with a lot of the fusion music is that its extremely predictable, its a rock r
Ken Burns
"I think the problem with a lot of the fusion music is that it's extremely predictable, it's a rock rhythm and the solos all play the same stuff and they play it over and over again and there's a certain musical virtuosity involved in it"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - I subscribe to William Faulkners view that history is not just about what we were before but who w
Ken Burns
"I subscribe to William Faulkner's' view that history is not just about what we were before but who we are now"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - Historys just been made for sale to an inside deal
Ken Burns
"History's just been made for sale to an inside deal"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - By its very nature, no one person can ever be the center of jazz
Ken Burns
"By its very nature, no one person can ever be the center of jazz"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - You cant just sit there and do the lines. You have to do something revealing or unusual
Elia Kazan
"You can't just sit there and do the lines. You have to do something revealing or unusual"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - I would rather do what I did than crawl in front of a ritualistic Left and lie the way those othe
Elia Kazan
"I would rather do what I did than crawl in front of a ritualistic Left and lie the way those other comrades did betray my own soul"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - I value peace when it is not bought at the price of fundamental decencies
Elia Kazan
"I value peace when it is not bought at the price of fundamental decencies"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - I like directors who come on the set and create something thats a little dangerous, difficult or
Elia Kazan
"I like directors who come on the set and create something that's a little dangerous, difficult or unusual"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - When you know what an actor has, you can reach in and arouse it. If you dont know what he has, yo
Elia Kazan
"When you know what an actor has, you can reach in and arouse it. If you don't know what he has, you don't know what the hell is going on"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors... and that is their competitive s
Elia Kazan
"There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors... and that is their competitive sense"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - The belief that the good in American society will finally win out... I dont believe any more
Elia Kazan
"The belief that the good in American society will finally win out... I don't believe any more"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - I was even superior to the Communists and when they didnt go along with me, I quit them
Elia Kazan
"I was even superior to the Communists and when they didn't go along with me, I quit them"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me
Elia Kazan
"I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - I dont remember anything anybody said in any Jack Ford picture. Nothing happens except action
Elia Kazan
"I don't remember anything anybody said in any Jack Ford picture. Nothing happens except action"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Elia Kazan - Acting... was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?
Elia Kazan
"Acting... was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?"
Elia Kazan, Director
Small: Alejandro Amenabar - My mother used to take my brother and me to get any books we wanted, but they were second
"My mother used to take my brother and me to get any books we wanted, but they were second hand books published in the '30s and '40s. I liked scary books"
Alejandro Amenabar, Director
Small: Alejandro Amenabar - In horror movies today its lots of fast cut shot and lots of loud noises on the soundtrac
"In horror movies today it's lots of fast cut shot and lots of loud noises on the soundtrack. I tried to do the opposite. Playing with silence for instance"
Alejandro Amenabar, Director
Small: Ken Burns - The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. Its our great contribution to
Ken Burns
"The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It's our great contribution to the arts"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America
Ken Burns
"Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - I read cover to cover every jazz publication that I could and in the New York Times, every single
Ken Burns
"I read cover to cover every jazz publication that I could and in the New York Times, every single day reading their jazz reviews even though I didn't put them in the films. I wanted to know what is going on"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - I never, ever want to apologize for a film. If its bad Ill say its my fault. And thats what I can
Ken Burns
"I never, ever want to apologize for a film. If it's bad I'll say it's my fault. And that's what I can say so far in all the films that I've done, that if you don't like it, it's entirely my fault"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in American music. He is to 20th century
Ken Burns
"Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in American music. He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - In a sense Ive made the same film over and over again. In all of them Ive asked, Who are we as Ame
Ken Burns
"In a sense I've made the same film over and over again. In all of them I've asked, 'Who are we as Americans?"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Ken Burns - I enjoy total creative control right now. Nobody tells me to make it longer, shorter, better, sexi
Ken Burns
"I enjoy total creative control right now. Nobody tells me to make it longer, shorter, better, sexier, more violent, whatever"
Ken Burns, Director
Small: Alejandro Amenabar - An Oscar means a lot of things because its like the ultimate award for a filmmaker so it
"An Oscar means a lot of things because it's like the ultimate award for a filmmaker so it feels great. But I think you have to consider awards with some distance and not get obsessed with it. When you're creating you shouldn't think about it"
Alejandro Amenabar, Director
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