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Billy Wilder quotes (26)

A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.
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An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation.
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An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius.
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Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.
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France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can't tear the toilet paper.
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France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.
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Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.
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He has Van Gogh's ear for music.
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Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
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Hollywood didn't kill Marilyn Monroe, it's the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood.
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I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.
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I would rather sleep in a bathroom than in another hotel.
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I'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.
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I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.
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If there's anything I hate more than being taken seriously, it's being taken too seriously.
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If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you.
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It was hell at the time, but after it was over, it was wonderful.
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My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production, but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?
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Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window - that is at once interesting.
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One's too many, and a hundred's not enough.
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Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.
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They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won't work. She was an original.
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Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.
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We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.
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What critics call dirty in our pictures, they call lusty in foreign films.
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You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.
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