Orson Welles Quotes

Orson Welles Quotes: My theory is that everything went to hell with Prohibition, because it was a law nobody could obey. So the whole concept of the rule of law was corrupted at that moment. Then came Vietnam, and marijuana, which clearly shouldn't be illegal, but is. If you go to jail for ten years in Texas when you light up a joint, who are you? You're a lawbreaker. It's just like Prohibition was. When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society, you see?
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Orson Welles Quote: An artist is always out of step with the time. He has to be.
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Quotes about Orson Welles: Criminals are never very amusing. It's because they're failures. Those who make real money aren't counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem.
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Quote about Orson Welles: I don't regard my career as something so precious that it comes before my convictions.
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Orson Welles Sayings: I don't want to forgive myself. That's why I hate psychoanalysis I think if you're guilty of something you should live with it. Get rid of it - how can you get rid of a real guilt? I think people should live with it, face up to it.
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Orson Welles Saying: I love moving around from town to town. I never got on a train in my life without my spirits rising.
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Sayings about Orson Welles: The trouble with a movie is that it's old before it's released. It's no accident that it comes in a can.
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Saying about Orson Welles: If you've noticed that I don't use long takes, it's not because I don't like them, but because no one gives me the necessary means to treat myself to them. It's more economical to make one image, then this image and then that image, and try to control them later, in the editing studio.
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Orson Welles Quotes: As a producer, sitting on the other side of the desk, I have never once had an agent go out on a limb for his client and fight for him. I've never heard one say, 'No, just a minute! This is the actor you should use.' They will always say, 'You don't like him? I've got somebody else.' They're totally spineless.
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Orson Welles Quote: Don't give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible.
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Quotes about Orson Welles: I've never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies... Egotism and laziness. And they're all lit like television shows.
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Quote about Orson Welles: A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.
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Orson Welles Sayings: The people who've done well within the [Hollywood] system are the people whose instincts, whose desires [are in natural alignement with those of the producers] - who want to make the kind of movies that producers want to produce. People who don't succeed - people who've had long, bad times; like [Jean] Renoir, for example, who I think was the best director, ever - are the people who didn't want to make the kind of pictures that producers want to make. Producers didn't want to make a Renoir picture, even if it was a success.
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Orson Welles Saying: I worry a lot about taking care of my dependents, all those perfectly ordinary middle-class preoccupations.
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Sayings about Orson Welles: That doesn't make any sense. Sorry. There's no known way of saying an English sentence in which you begin a sentence with
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Saying about Orson Welles: In attempting to explain F For Fake's state-side failure, it has occurred to me that perhaps the subject matter was at least partially to blame, and that this country is so blissfully enslaved by the notion of the special sanctity of the expert that an overtly anti-expert film was bound to go too much against the national grain.
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Orson Welles Quotes: In my real movie-going days, which were the thirties, you didn't stand in line. You strolled down the street and sallied into the theater at any hour of the day or night.
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Orson Welles Quote: A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.
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