Daily Archive: May 15, 2017

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 15, 2017 – Billy Wilder

 

“A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.”

And

“If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.”

And

“I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.”

And

“Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.”

And

“I’d worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.”

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“Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window – that is at once interesting.”

And

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.”

And

“Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.”

And

“The Austrians are brilliant people. They made the world believe that Hitler was a German and Beethoven an Austrian.”

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“If there’s anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, it’s being taken too seriously.”

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“My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production, but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?”

And

“One’s too many, and a hundred’s not enough.”

And

“France is the country where the money falls apart and you can’t tear the toilet paper.”

And

“You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.”

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“An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark – that is critical genius.”

And

“Don’t be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.”

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“We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.”

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“The best director is the one you don’t see.”

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“They’ve tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won’t work. She was an original.”

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“A bad play folds and is forgotten, but in pictures we don’t bury our dead. When you think it’s out of your system, your daughter sees it on television and says, My father is an idiot.”

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“Eighty percent of a picture is writing, the other twenty percent is the execution, such as having the camera on the right spot and being able to afford to have good actors in all parts.”

And

“The truth always reveals itself.”

And

“Love is the hardest thing in the world to write about. So simple. You’ve got to catch it through details, like the early morning sunlight hitting the gray tin of the rain spout in front of her house. The ringing of a telephone that sounds like Beethoven’s “Pastoral.” A letter scribbled on her office stationery that you carry around in your pocket because it smells of all the lilacs in Ohio.”

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“I never overestimate the audience, nor do I underestimate them. I just have a very rational idea as to who we’re dealing with, and that we’re not making a picture for Harvard Law School, we’re making a picture for middle-class people, the people that you see on the subway, or the people that you see in a restaurant. Just normal people.”

And

“If you don’t like what you’re doing, it’s unlikely anyone else will either, so be sure you are happy with your own work first.”

Wikipedia:  Billy Wilder

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