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1. "Movie directors, or should I say people who create things, are very greedy and they can never be satisfied... That's why they can keep on working. I've been able to work for so long because I think next time, I'll make something good."
Author: Akira Kurosawa
2. "I find that all great directors, and I would include Ben Affleck and Clint Eastwood in that, they have great confidence. And with great confidence comes great freedom for the actor."
Author: Amy Ryan
3. "I'm communicating with the directors of the Soviet companies, and I see that it is wrong, but when I go to the official discussions, they discuss we should change the color of the walls."
Author: Anatoly Chubais
4. "I've always said to people that auteurism is nice, but it's hypothetical, and gradually you learn how much or how little influence different directors had."
Author: Andrew Sarris
5. "As an actor, I have casting issues. I'm a minority. I don't have trouble making a living, but as far as being on the food chain of the pecking order of actors, I'm not at the top of it. With the jobs that I do, there are always control issues with directors and producers."
Author: BD Wong
6. "Two-thirds of the directors at the New York Fed are hand-picked by the same bankers that the Fed is in charge of regulating."
Author: Bernie Sanders
7. "I love movie directors. I don't care who it is."
Author: Brett Ratner
8. "I mean, I'm willing to do anything with Chris Chulack - he's one of my favorite directors I've ever worked with, and I just think he's a fantastic man, and a great creator, and a good friend."
Author: C. Thomas Howell
9. "I've now been doing this for ten years, and I actually got to skip a stage of going to casting directors, and now I meet with the directors, either for lunch or an audition room, and I still read sides; you're never going to get around that, but I'm not the best person to go on an audition."
Author: Carly Schroeder
10. "I've run into some S.O.B. directors, but I gave them back as good as I got."
Author: Carroll O'Connor
11. "Maybe I'm too masculine. Casting directors cast in their own, or an idealized image. Maybe I don't look like anybody's ideal."
Author: Charles Bronson
12. "Twelve years on sets watching directors, I've taken a bit from everybody and rejected a lot."
Author: Christopher Eccleston
13. "I'd love to see the rushes but it's just not allowed because directors and also a lot of actors feel that if they see their work, and the director likes what they're doing, the actor might try to correct their mistakes."
Author: Corey Haim
14. "Actors should never be important. Only directors should have power and place."
Author: D. W. Griffith
15. "Film people just say 'monster', and they've got no fucking idea what that means. Writers or directors. I dunno. Alien was designed by an artist." He opened to a blank page."Giger knew how to scare people."
Author: Damon Suede
16. "I knew at the time that that wasn't the part I would be doing, they just wanted a screentest so they could have a look at it to show to the directors and producers. Then they wrote a part for me or maybe they already had it in mind, I don't know."
Author: Dannii Minogue
17. "I do like to work with young directors because it's such a difficult business that I think after directors have been around a while sometimes, not always, but sometimes their passion gets siphoned off because they get hurt."
Author: Ellen Burstyn
18. "Through the early 1930s, Barbara Stanwyck established her reputation in a field overflowing with other young Broadway starlets: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, Joan Blondell. Barbara was lower-keyed and less mannered than Davis and Hepburn; less glamorous than Colbert. She was "real," and she also proved to be the personification of no-nonsense professionalism, making her popular with directors and coworkers alike."
Author: Eve Golden
19. "If these Mount Everests of the financial world are going to labor and bring forth still more pictures with people being blown to bits with bazookas and automatic assault rifles with no gory detail left unexploited, if they are going to encourage anxious, ambitious actors, directors, writers and producers to continue their assault on the English language by reducing the vocabularies of their characters to half a dozen words, with one colorful but overused Anglo-Saxon verb and one unbeautiful Anglo-Saxon noun covering just about every situation, then I would like to suggest that they stop and think about this: making millions is not the whole ball game, fellows. Pride of workmanship is worth more. Artistry is worth more."
Author: Gregory Peck
20. "I guarantee you that two directors that are any good can take the same story, change the name of the characters, change the name of the town, and make an entirely different picture."
Author: Howard Hawks
21. "It was a movement that had all the art critics, all the museum directors in its thrall."
Author: Jack Levine
22. "I guess I like a lot of directors. Or at least I try to."
Author: Jacques Rivette
23. "Sometimes I take the watch, or I take the shoes, but usually the souvenir is to take the life you had with those directors, or the crew - the camera person, the lighting person. When you finish a film it's like a little death. You had a family for a bit, and you finish the movie and you probably will never see each other again."
Author: Jean Reno
24. "First, speaking for myself, I don't want to ever be in a position where I'm telling other directors how to make movies, because I don't think it's any of my business."
Author: John Frankenheimer
25. "Most of the great directors I've worked with - De Palma, Spike Lee - like rehearsals."
Author: John Leguizamo
26. "In my first film, Five Corners, I played a very scary, violent crazed character, and it exposed me to a lot of directors."
Author: John Turturro
27. "I think Star Trek has been very double-edged for all of us - as actors, writers, directors."
Author: Jonathan Frakes
28. "A lot of really good directors have a killer in them, as if they'd do anything to get that image. But that comes with the terrain and I don't mind it."
Author: Judy Davis
29. "I don't know why directors sign on to these projects and completely rewrite everything."
Author: Lana Wachowski
30. "I'm lucky enough that directors sometimes seek me out for little projects that people don't even know about, that just surface later on."
Author: Laura Dern
31. "In my considered opinion, salary is payment for goods delivered and it must conform to the law of supply and demand. If, therefore, the fixed salary is a violation of this law - as, for instance, when I see two engineers leaving college together and both equally well trained and efficient, and one getting forty thousand while the other only earns two thousand , or when lawyers and hussars, possessing no special qualifications, are appointed directors of banks with huge salaries - I can only conclude that their salaries are not fixed according to the law of supply and demand but simply by personal influence. And this is an abuse important in itself and having a deleterious effect on government service."
Author: Leo Tolstoy
32. "But a lot of that kind of work is done pre-flight, coordinating efforts with the flight directors and the ground teams, and figuring out how you're going to operate together."
Author: Leroy Chiao
33. "I keep meeting directors that are so irresistible. I only do irresistible films, because I don't need to act to feel myself alive."
Author: Mathieu Amalric
34. "I feel totally lucky and happy. I think a lot of young directors feel this way but you sort of, like, have a biological clock that starts ticking and you like feel like you aren't anything until you direct a movie and you need to find yourself and this is how you do it."
Author: Max Winkler
35. "Because I've made a film with such an amazing director as Tarantino, I'm much more conscious of working with good directors from now on, so that's what's important to me. I don't really care about making a big movie - I just want to make good ones."
Author: Melanie Laurent
36. "There are directors who, their direction is high, but then when you challenge it, it crumbles. They can't back up what they're asking."
Author: Michael Pitt
37. "I have many valentines. My mom and my sister and my directors. I got calls from all of them. And my friends. I respect what Valentine's Day stands for because it is about love."
Author: Michelle Trachtenberg
38. "Granted, the writers, directors, producers, and that community make a great deal of money. But they might be choosing to do a whole lot of other things for the living they make."
Author: Norman Lear
39. "The larger an English industry was, the more likely it was to go bankrupt, because the English were not naturally corporate people; they disliked working for others and they seemed to resent taking orders. On the whole, directors were treated absurdly well, and workers badly, and most industries were weakened by class suspicion and false economies and cynicism. But the same qualities that made English people seem stubborn and secretive made them, face to face, reliable and true to their word. I thought: The English do small things well and big things badly."
Author: Paul Theroux
40. "After Star Trek, I was with the top agencies, but producers and directors did not know what to do with me."
Author: Persis Khambatta
41. "Insider trading tells everybody at precisely the wrong time that everything is rigged, and only people who have a billion dollars and have access to and are best friends with people who are on boards of directors of major companies - they're the only ones who can make a true buck."
Author: Preet Bharara
42. "As a kid, you either wanted to play Bond or a Bond villain. Ask any of my friends in entertainment, whether they are actors or writers or producers or directors, and they will tell you that they'd love to play a Bond baddie. I can go anywhere in the world and I am known; it put me on the international map."
Author: Robert Davi
43. "I've directed things that other people have written before, and I've written things and given them to other directors. So I'm very versatile in terms of that, and I enjoy all of it."
Author: Ryan Coogler
44. "I had just had small parts in other films, and I'd worked with a lot of directors in TV."
Author: Sally Kellerman
45. "I don't want to criticize any other designers, but I have to say that many of the people involved in this industry - directors and producers - are trying to make their games more like movies. They are longing to make movies rather than making videogames."
Author: Shigeru Miyamoto
46. "I love test screenings. Some directors don't, I know. But I love it. I think it's because I come from the theatre and in the theatre, previews are where you really have to listen to the audience and really feel how they're responding. I found our test screenings incredibly useful."
Author: Stephen Daldry
47. "We did Holy Grail, and I got my name up there as one of the directors. After that, I started moving more and more down the line I wanted to, which was making movies."
Author: Terry Gilliam
48. "In 1995, each cast at The Second City was made up of four men and two women. When it was suggested that they switch one of the companies to three men and three women, the producers and directors had the same panicked reaction. 'You can't do that. There won't be enough parts to go around. There won't be enough for the girls.' This made no sense to me, probably because I speak English and have never had a head injury. We weren't doing _Death of a Salesman._ _We were making up the show ourselves. How could there not be enough parts?_ If everyone had something to contribute, there would be enough. The insulting implication, of course, was that the women wouldn't have any ideas."
Author: Tina Fey
49. "I fear other actors who are not prepared. And I fear directors who are afraid."
Author: Tommy Lee Jones
50. "Most of the film directors expect their actors to want to work fast."
Author: Yvonne Strahovski

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