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Quotes about Film
by Marlene Dietrich

I never enjoyed working in a film.
- Marlene Dietrich

Related topics: Movies

There's something about an American soldier you can't explain.
They're so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them.
- Marlene Dietrich

I had no desire to be an film actress,
to always play somebody else, to be always beautiful
with somebody constantly straightening out your every eyelash.
It was always a big bother to me.
- Marlene Dietrich

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

 

Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
- Marlene Dietrich

When you're dead, you're dead.
That's it.
- Marlene Dietrich

Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.
- Marlene Dietrich

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America took me into her bosom when there was no longer
a country worthy of the name,
but in my heart I am German - German in my soul.
- Marlene Dietrich

Darling, the legs aren't so beautiful,
I just know what to do with them.
- Marlene Dietrich

The tears I have cried over Germany have dried.
I have washed my face.
- Marlene Dietrich

The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than
the strong are likely to make the weak strong.
- Marlene Dietrich

A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties.
A father can do neither.
If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
- Marlene Dietrich

I dress for the image.
Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion,
not for men.
- Marlene Dietrich

Glamour is what I sell, it's my stock in trade.
- Marlene Dietrich

I am not a myth.
- Marlene Dietrich

Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
- Marlene Dietrich

Sex.
In America an obsession.
In other parts of the world a fact.
- Marlene Dietrich

There is a gigantic difference between earning a great
deal of money and being rich.
- Marlene Dietrich

In America, sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it's a fact.
- Marlene Dietrich

How do you know love is gone? If you said that you
would be there at seven and you get there by nine,
and he or she has not called the police yet -
it's gone.
- Marlene Dietrich

If there is a supreme being, he's crazy.
- Marlene Dietrich

A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed and
a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.
- Marlene Dietrich

I am at heart a gentleman.
- Marlene Dietrich

Most women set out to try to change a man,
and when they have changed him they do not like him.
- Marlene Dietrich

Grumbling is the death of love.
- Marlene Dietrich

The average man is more interested in a woman who is
interested in him than he is in a woman with beautiful legs.
- Marlene Dietrich

Latins are tenderly enthusiastic.
In Brazil they throw flowers at you.
In Argentina they throw themselves.
- Marlene Dietrich

They want you to bring out your intestines.
- Marlene Dietrich

I'm worth more dead than alive.
Don't cry for me after I'm gone; cry for me now.
- Marlene Dietrich

The Germans and I no longer speak the same language.
- Marlene Dietrich

Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting.
- Marlene Dietrich

Courage and grace are a formidable mixture.
The only place to see it is in the bullring.
- Marlene Dietrich

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have,
beautifully expressed with much authority by someone
recognized wiser than oneself.
- Marlene Dietrich

To be completely woman you need a master,
and in him a compass for your life.
You need a man you can look up to and respect.
If you dethrone him it's no wonder that you are discontented,
and discontented women are not loved for long.
- Marlene Dietrich

Every single art form is involved in film,
in a way.
- Sydney Pollack

Shoot a few scenes out of focus.
I want to win the foreign film award.
- Billy Wilder

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

Film spectators are quiet vampires.
- Jim Morrison

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
- Samuel Goldwyn

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated.
The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole,
it would be about me.
- Federico Fellini

So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?
- Christina Aguilera

The secret to film is that it's an illusion.
- George Lucas

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

I don't think you should feel about a film.
You should feel about a woman, not a movie.
You can't kiss a movie.
- Jean-Luc Godard

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

Film lovers are sick people.
- Francois Truffaut

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
- Jean Cocteau

This film cost $31 million.
With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.
- Clint Eastwood

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
- Roger Ebert

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

I think that every so-called history book and film
biography should be prefaced by the statement that
what follows is the author's rendition of events and circumstances.
- Barbara Kruger

Pleasure resorts are like film stars and royalty...
embarrassed by the figures they cut in the fantasies
of people who have never met them.
- Doris Lessing

I completely take on the risk, the poker game,
which being an artist means, and I'm going to try to
make a film which honestly reflects what I have in my head.
- Antonio Banderas

I suffer much less than many of my colleagues.
I am perfectly able to go to Australia and film within three hours of arrival.
- David Attenborough

But there are still only certain film genres where a woman can stand out,
be heroic, be the centerpiece.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar

If you get a book which is 600 pages,
you have to reduce it to a script of 100 pages.
In two hours of film, you cannot possibly include all the characters.
- Dino De Laurentiis

I have no control over a film.
I don't know what will be left on the cutting floor.
- Judi Dench

I realized what interested me as a student of film
was one thing and the movies that I liked were another.
- Sam Raimi

I like songs and film because you can turn your life
into a sort of myth or dream.
- Sean Lennon

Well yes, my son was bar mitzvahed last April,
after I made this film.
- Jami Gertz

I use cinematic things in a theatrical way on stage,
and in film I use theatrical techniques in a cinematic way.
- Julie Taymor

I am never driven.
Every film I've made has been an assignment.
- Alain Resnais

There's an ecstasy about doing something really good on film:
the composition of a shot,
the drama within the shot, the texture...
It's palpable.
- William Shatner

I was definitely surprised when Talk Radio took off as a play.
As a film it has become somewhere between a popular thing and a cult thing.
- Eric Bogosian

I prefer film and that's what I think I'm gonna put my focus on.
- Sasha Alexander

I have a second bedroom I don't use.
I'm going to start the Second Bedroom Film Festival.
You're all invited.
- Vincent Schiavelli

The film is not a success until it makes money.
It's only good when there's a dollar figure attached to the box office.
- John Cusack

Film is one of the three universal languages,
the other two: mathematics and music.
- Frank Capra

Fundamentally, whether directing in the theatre or a film,
you have to be a good storyteller, regardless of the form.
The thing I had to work hardest at was thinking in shots.
- John Crowley

Unless it's done superbly, as in the Japanese film Gate of Hell,
color can be a very distracting element.
- Norman McLaren


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