Orson Welles


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  • ''Of course, killing you is killing myself. It's the same thing. But, you know, I'm pretty tired of both of us.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Based On The Novel Be. Arthur Bannister (Everett Sloane), The Lady from Shanghai, to his wife Elsa (Rita Hayworth) in the fun house hall of mirrors (1948).
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  • ''Rosebud.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Herman J. Manckiewicz (1897-1953), U.S. screenwriter. Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), Citizen Kane, on his deathbed (1941).
  • ''I warn you, Jedediah, you're not going to like it in Chicago. The wind comes howling in off the lake and gosh only knows if they ever heard of lobster Newburg.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Herman J. Manckiewicz (1897-1953), U.S. screenwriter. Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), Citizen Kane, to Jed Leland (Joseph Cotten) (1941).
  • ''Criminals are never very amusing. It's because they're failures. Those who make real money aren't counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Report. Gregory Arkadin (Orson Welles) and the Baroness Nagel (Suzanne Flon), Mr. Arkadin (1955).
  • ''Perhaps a man like you can't realize what it is to have a conscience and no memory at all. Do you imagine it's pleasant to be ashamed of something you can't even remember?''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Report. Gregory Arkadin (Orson Welles), Mr. Arkadin, to adventurer Guy Van Stratten (1955).
  • ''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).
  • ''If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girl friends. And they tolerated it and let us go ahead and play with our toys.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. interview in David Frost, "Can a Martian Survive by Pretending to be a Leading American Actor?" The Americans (1970).
  • ''Only very intelligent people don't wish they were in politics, and I'm dumb enough to want to be in there.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. interview in David Frost, "Can a Martian Survive by Pretending to be a Leading American Actor?" The Americans (1970).
  • ''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).
  • ''The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Interview in Hollywood Voices, ed. Andrews Sarris (1971).

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