Orson Welles


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  • ''The day after he'd met her, he told me about her. He said she was a cross-section of the American public.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Herman J. Manckiewicz (1897-1953), U.S. screenwriter. Leland (Joseph Cotten), Citizen Kane, quoting Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) on Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore) (1941).
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  • ''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).
  • ''Personally, I don't like a girlfriend to have a husband. If she'll fool her husband, I figure she'll fool me.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Based On The Novel Be. Michael O'Hara (Orson Welles), The Lady from Shanghai, internal narration (1948).
  • ''Everybody is somebody's fool. The only way to stay out of trouble is to grow old, so I guess I'll concentrate on that. Maybe I'll live so long that I'll forget her. Maybe I'll die trying.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer, and Based On The Novel Be. Michael O'Hara (Orson Welles), The Lady from Shanghai, internal narration (1948).
  • ''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).
  • ''I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker. New York Herald Tribune (Oct. 12, 1956).
  • ''When you are down and out something always turns up—and it is usually the noses of your friends.''
    Orson Welles (1915-1985), U.S. filmmaker. New York Times (April 1, 1962).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).

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