David Lean Quotes

I rather like mysteries. But I do dislike muddles.

My distinguishing talent is the ability to put people under the microscope, perhaps to go one or two layers farther down than some other directors.

(on Charles Laughton) Charm, you see, a terrific man to work with. You had to hold him down a bit. What a talent!

I like making films about characters I`d like to have dinner with.

Always cast against the part and it won`t be boring.

(On the Academy Awards) "If you have no hope of getting one, they`re despised. But it you have, they`re very important."

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.

I wouldn`t take the advice of a lot of so-called critics on how to shoot a close-up of a teapot.

Film is a dramatised reality and it is the director`s job to make it appear real... an audience should not be conscious of technique.

I`ve just begun to dare to think I perhaps am a bit of an artist.

Actors can be a terrible bore on the set, though I enjoy having dinner with them.

Film is a dramatized reality and it is the director`s job to make it appear real... an audience should not be conscious of technique.

(on Anthony Asquith) A hell of a good director.

I think people remember pictures not dialogue. That`s why I like pictures.

I think people remember pictures not dialogue. That`s why I like pictures.

I`m first and foremost interested in the story, the characters.

Don`t make jokes about food.






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