Orson Welles

Orson Welles

Broadcaster, director, actor
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  • A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
  • If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
  • Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up
  • Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
  • We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
  • I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
  • Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.
  • Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.
  • Gluttony is not a secret vice.
  • I hate television. I hate it as much as I hate peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
  • (on Edward G. Robinson) An immensely effective actor.
  • (on Federico Fellini) His films are a small town boy's dream of a big city. His sophistication works because it is the creation of someone who doesn't have it. But he shows dangerous signs of being a superlative artist with little to say.
  • (on Rene Clair) A real master: he invented his own Paris, which is better than recording it.
  • (on James Cagney) No one was more unreal and stylized, yet there is no moment when he was not true.
  • I prefer the old masters; by which I mean: John Ford, John Ford and John Ford. - on his favorite directors
  • If spiritually you're part of the cat family, you can't bear to be laughed at. You have to pretend when you fall down that you really wanted to be down there to see what's under the sofa. The rest of us don't at all mind being laughed at.
  • Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, except you never know when luxury is going to stand up.
  • Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
  • I do not suppose I shall be remembered for anything. But I don't think about my work in those terms. It is just as vulgar to work for the sake of posterity as to work for the sake of money.
  • Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.
  • A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.
  • "Everybody denies that I am genius - but nobody ever called me one".
  • I'm not rich. Never have been. When you see me in a bad movie as an actor (I hope not as a director), it is because a good movie has not been offered to me. I often make bad films in order to live.
  • I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
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