Quotes by Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder

Austrian-American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and artist

Alive from: 1906-2002

Category: Artists | Movie | Writers (Contemporary)

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    France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.
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    A bad play folds and is forgotten, but in pictures we don't bury our dead. When you think it's out of your system, your daughter sees it on television and says, My father is an idiot.
    Source: Culture and Commitment, 1929-1945 (1973)
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    A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.
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    An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation.
    Source: The Bright Side of Billy Wilder (1970)
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    An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark, that is critical genius.
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    Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.
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    Eighty percent of a picture is writing, the other twenty percent is the execution, such as having the camera on the right spot and being able to afford to have good actors in all parts.
    Source: The New Hollywood : American Movies in the 70s (1975)
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    France is a country where the money falls apart in your hands and you can't tear the toilet paper.
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    France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can't tear the toilet paper.
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    Hollywood didn't kill Marilyn Monroe, it's the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood.
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    I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
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    If there's anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, it's being taken too seriously.
    Source: The Bright Side of Billy Wilder
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    If you are going to tell people the truth, be funny or they will kill you.
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    If you're going to tell people the truth, make them laugh, or they'll kill you.
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    It was hell at the time, but after it was over, it was wonderful.
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