The wisdom of directors

On using cockeyed camera angles:

CAROL REED: I used it so much in The Third Man, however, that I remember William Wyler, after seeing the film, made me the gift of a spirit level. “Carol,” he said, “next time you make a picture, just put it on top of the camera, will you!”

On show business:

JOHN FORD: For a director there are commercial rules that it is necessary to obey. In our profession, an artistic failure is nothing; a commercial failure is a sentence. The secret is to make films that please the public and also allow the director to reveal his personality.

On Marilyn Monroe:

JOHN HUSTON: She went right down into her personal experience for everything, reached down and pulled something out of herself that was unique and extraordinary. She had no techniques. It was all truth, it was only Marilyn. But it was Marilyn plus. She found things, found things about womankind in herself.

On stardom:

DAVID LEAN: When the great actor says the line, you can put scissors precisely at the point A and it’s wonderful. When the star says the line, you can hold for four frames longer because something else happens.

2 comments

  1. Star quality may refer to:
    Charisma, in quantities allowing for a chance at celebrity
    Glamour (presentation)
    Star Quality, the last play by Noël Coward
    Star Quality, a novel by Joan Collins

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