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Quotations From ORSON WELLES

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  • 1.
    Everybody denies I am a genius—but nobody ever called me one!
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker. Quoted in Leslie Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).
  • 2.
    He was some kind of man. What does it matter what you say about people?
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Based On The Novel Ba. Tanya (Marlene Dietrich), Touch of Evil, as she sees notorious police captain Hank Quinlan's (Orson Welles) corpse floating in the river (1958).

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  • 3.
    Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.
    Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Interview in David Frost, The Americans, "Can a Martian Survive by Pretending to be a Leading American Actor?" (1970).
  • 4.
    You should lay off those candy bars.... You're a mess, honey.
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Based On The Novel Ba. Tanya (Marlene Dietrich), Touch of Evil, to police captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) (1958).

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  • 5.
    Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.
    Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Quoted in Frank Brady, Citizen Welles, epilogue (1989).
  • 6.
    The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.
    Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Originally published in Les Nouvelles Littéraires (1953). Quoted in Frank Brady, Citizen Welles, ch. 16 (1989).
  • 7.
    I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.
    Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Quoted in Frank Brady, Citizen Welles, ch. 8 (1989).
  • 8.
    I've always found it very sanitary to be broke.
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Based On The Novel Be. Michael O'Hara (Orson Welles), The Lady from Shanghai, arguing against Arthur Bannister's (Everett Sloane) rotted life of wealth (1948).
  • 9.
    After the first couple of months, she and Charlie didn't see much of each other except at breakfast. It was a marriage just like any other marriage.
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Herman J. Manckiewicz (1897-1953), U.S. screenwriter. Leland (Joseph Cotten), Citizen Kane, speaking of Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) and his wife Emily (Ruth Warrick) (1941).

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  • 10.
    A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.
    Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Interview, Hollywood Voices, ed. Andrews Sarris (1971).
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