A Dictionary of Cinema Quotations from Filmmakers and Critics

Over 3400 Axioms, Criticisms, Opinions and Witticisms from 100 Years of the Cinema

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About the Book

“The cinema isn’t a slice of life, it’s a slice of cake”—Alfred Hitchcock.
“If you make a popular movie, you start to think where have I failed?”—Woody Allen.
“A film is the world in an hour and a half”—Jean-Luc Godard.
“I think you have to be slightly psychopathic to make movies”—David Cronenberg.

This compendium contains more than 3,400 quotations from filmmakers and critics discussing their craft. About 1,850 film people are included—Buñuel, Capra, Chaplin, Disney, Fellini, Fitzgerald, Griffith, Kael, Kurasawa, Pathé, Sarris, Schwarzenegger, Spielberg, Waters and Welles among them. The quotations are arranged under 31 topics such as acting, animation, audience, budget, casting, critics, costume design, directing, locations, reviews, screenwriting, special effects and stardom. Indexing by filmmakers (or critics), by film titles and by narrow subjects provides a rich array of points of access.

About the Author(s)

Stephen M. Ringler is a producer, writer, and researcher in the IMAX–style film industry. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Bibliographic Details

Stephen M. Ringler
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2008 [2001]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3763-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5070-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

Preface      1

Introduction      3

1. Cinema      5

2. Filmmaking      11

3. Audience      23

4. Business      31

5. Budget      42

6. Genre      45

7. Screenwriting      54

8. Directing      68

9. Cinematography      83

10. Production Design      90

11. Locations      93

12. Roles      97

13. Casting      104

14. Acting      110

15. Costume Design      127

16. Make-Up      131

17. Color      134

18. Sound and Music      137

19. Special Effects      144

20. Animation      146

21. Editing      149

22. Testing      158

23. Reviews      161

24. Critics      164

25. Interviews      169

26. Celebrity      171

27. Stardom      175

28. Awards      179

29. Careers      184

30. Peers and Personas      195

31. Montage      203

Bibliography      209

Source Names and Movie Titles Index      219

Keywords Index      228

Book Reviews & Awards

“quite impressive”—Classic Images; “recommended”—Reference & User Services Quarterly; “smart and well-produced”—Reference Reviews; “the best book of its kind ever published”—Images; “concentrates more on the art of the film rather than Hollywood glamour”—Booklist.