Orson Welles Quotes

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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. Ive never heard one say, No, just a minute! This is the actor you should use. They will always say, You dont like him? Ive got somebody else. Theyre totally spineless.
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Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn

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I can't work in a sewer. I come from California.

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Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.

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I am essentially a hack, a commercial person. If I had a hobby, I would immediately make money on it or abandon it.

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Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.

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There's no biography so interesting as the one in which the biographer is present.

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My kind of director is an actor-director who writes.

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The most personal thing I've put in [Touch of Evil] is my hatred of the abuse of police power. It's better to see a murderer go free than for a policeman to abuse his power.

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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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Even if I'd stayed [in the US to finish 'The Magnificent Ambersons'] I would've had to make compromises on the editing, but these would've been mine and not the fruit of confused and often semi-hysterical committees. If I had been there myself I would have found my own solutions and saved the pictures in a form which would have carried the stamp of my own effort.

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That doesn't make any sense. Sorry. There's no known way of saying an English sentence in which you begin a sentence with "in" and emphasize it. Get me a jury and show me how you can say
"In July" and I'll go down on you. That's just idiotic, if you'll forgive me for saying so. It's just stupid ... "In July"; I'd love to know how you emphasize "In" in "In July". Impossible!
Meaningless!

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By nature, I am an experimentalist. I don't believe much in accomplishment.

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An artist is always out of step with the time. He has to be.

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