A Quote on Thursday: Early Cinema 1

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Animal Crackers (1930):

One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas, I don’t know.”

The Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera (1925):
Feast your eyes! Glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!

1931 Dracula (ing) 02

1931 Dracula (ing) 02 (Photo credit: Spiff_27)

Dracula (1931):
Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.”

The 1931 "Lugosi as Frankenstein's Monste...

The 1931 “Lugosi as Frankenstein’s Monster” promo poster, without the now famous flat head makeup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Frankenstein (1931):

Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE!”

Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Horse Feathers (1932):

I’d horsewhip you, if I had a horse.”


I'm No Angel (1933)I’m No Angel (1933):
Well, when I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.”

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She Done Him Wrong (1933):

I wasn’t always rich…No, there was a time I didn’t know where my next husband was coming from.”


The Thin Man (1934)The Thin Man (1934):
My soul, woman, I give you three murders and you’re still not satisfied.”

A Tale of Two Cities (1935 film)

A Tale of Two Cities (1935 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Tale of Two Cities (1935):

It’s a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It’s a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.”

Cover of "Top Hat"

Cover of Top Hat

Top Hat (1935):

For the woman – the kiss, for the man – the sword.”


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A Quote on Thursday: Silent Women

Mary PickfordMary Pickford

Mary Pickford:

Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.


Louise Brooks 1Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks:

“A well dressed woman, even though her purse is painfully empty, can conquer the world.”


Talluhah BankheadTallulah Bankhead

Tallulah Bankhead:
It’s the good girls who keep the diaries. The bad girls never have the time.”


Gloria SwansonGloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson:
As Daddy said, life is 95 percent anticipation.”


Anna May WongAnna May Wong

Anna May Wong:

“There seems little for me in Hollywood, because, rather than real Chinese, producers prefer Hungarians, Mexicans, American Indians for Chinese roles.”


Louise BrooksLouise Brooks

Louise Brooks:
Love is a publicity stunt, and making love – after the first curious raptures – is only another petulant way to pass the time waiting for the studio to call.”


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A Quote on Thursday

Louis LumiereLouis Lumiere

Louis Lumiere:

The cinema is an invention without a future.”


Tom HanksTom Hanks (Castaway)

Tom Hanks (Regarding Castaway):

There was nothing to react to except wind and trees. It was like making a silent movie.


W. C. Fields with Mae WestW. C. Fields with Mae West

W. C. Fields:

The movie people would have nothing to do with me until they heard me speak in a Broadway play; then they all wanted to sign me for the silent movies.”


Walter MurchWalter Murch

Walter Murch:

When I’m actually assembling a scene, I assemble it as a silent movie. Even if it’s a dialog scene, I lip read what people are saying.”


George Sidney (MGM Director)George Sidney (MGM Director)

George Sidney:

I’ve had 79 to 80 years of show business. I started when I was 5 with a man called Tom Mix. I didn’t have time to go to school because I was in silent movies; I was in radio; I was in burlesque; I worked with the circus. I’m all show.”


John DoyleSilent Film Scene

John Doyle:

Imagine a silent movie studio.”


Slavoj ZizekSlavoj Zizek

Slavoj Zizek:

Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn’t give you what you desire – it tells you how to desire.”


Martin ScorseseMartin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese:

Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.”


Werner HerzogWerner Herzog

Werner Herzog:

Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read…if you don’t read, you will never be a filmmaker.”


Cecil B. DeMilleCecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille:

I might have remembered what my father once wrote to Henry George, “I never do anything by halves, and am half-hearted in no cause that I embrace.”

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A Quote on Thursday

Laurel & HardyLaurel & Hardy
The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930): Ollie (To Stan): “Where were you born?”Stan (To Ollie): “I don’t know

Ollie (To Stan): “Fancy not knowing where you were born

Stan (To Ollie): “Well I was too young to remember“​​​​​​​​

Daniel Day LewisDaniel Day Lewis
Daniel Day Lewis:
You don’t merely give over your creativity to making a film, you give over your life in theatre, by contrast, you live these two rather strange lives simultaneously you have no option but to confront the mould on last night’s washing-up.”
Marcel Archard
Marcel Archard:
Women like silent men. They think they’re listening.”

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln:

Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Irish Proverb

Irish Proverb:
A silent mouth is sweet to hear.”

Samuel GoldwynSamuel Goldwyn

Samuel Goldwyn:

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.”

Alfred HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock:
“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”

Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino:

When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘No, I went to films.”

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A Quote on Thursday

Some more quotes for you this week from the world of, well, the world of anything. All quotes are connected in someway to cinema, and especially to silent film. There is also what has become a regular quote that is taken from the movies of Laurel and Hardy. So please enjoy:

BloodlinesNovel: Bloodlines

From the novel Bloodlines:

Do you know anything about silent films?”
Sure,” I said. “The first ones were developed in the late nineteenth century and sometimes had live musical accompaniment, though it wasn’t until the 1920s that sound became truly incorporated into films, eventually making silent ones obsolete in cinema.”


Laurel & Hardy in Their Big Mistake (1933) Laurel & Hardy in Their First Mistake (1933)

Laurel & Hardy from Their First Mistake (1933):

Stan (To Ollie): “Did you ask her about going out tonight?”

Ollie (To Stan): Nods his head

Stan (To Ollie): “What did she say?”

Ollie (To Stan): “You heard what she said.”

Stan (To Ollie): “Well what’s the matter with her anyway?”

Ollie (To Stan): “I don’t know. She says I think more of you than I do of her.”

Stan (To Ollie): “Well you do, don’t you?”

Ollie (To Stan): “We won’t go into that.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Bettie DavisBettie Davis

Bettie Davis:

I was thought to be ‘stuck up’. I wasn’t. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure.”


Pablo BergerPablo Berger

Pablo Berger:

Silent cinema can become like an hypnotic experience. I think you can get entranced. It’s almost like a voodoo experience. At least it has happened to me, and I really believe that some of film viewers, they have to give a chance to silent cinema because they have to be brave, because I have a feeling that some people that they say, ‘Oh, no silent film!’ If they taste it, I think it can become an addiction.”


Martin ScorseseMartin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese:

Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out
Barbara CartlandBarbara Cartland

Barbara Cartland:

We didn’t need sex. We had Tyrone Power.”
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A Quote on Thursday

babes01Laurel & Hardy in Babes in Toyland

Laurel & Hardy in Babes in Toyland:

Stan: “You better come up dead or alive!”

Ollie: “Now how can he come up dead if he’s alive?”

Stan: “Let’s drop a rock on him. Then we’ll make him dead when he’s alive.”


Rudolph Valentino FuneralRudolph Valentino Funeral

Rudolph Valentino (Last Words):

Don’t pull down the blinds. I feel fine. I want the sunlight to greet me!”


Erich von StroicheimErich von Stroicheim

Erich von Stroheim:

I was reared in an atmosphere where a great deal of attention was paid to women’s hairdressing.”


Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci:

When you see a silent movie, you understand everything that’s going in from the images because the images are so strong.”


Bettie DavisBettie Davis

Bettie Davis:

I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn’t make an enemy should get out of the business.”


W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields

W. C. Fields:

Now don’t say you can’t swear off drinking; it’s easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.


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A Quote on Thursday

ver_hardy_&_Mrs_HardyOliver Hardy about to be chastised by the Mrs in Blockheads

Oliver Hardy in Blockheads (1938):

Oliver Hardy: But, Dear, I haven’t seen Stan in 20 years.
Mrs. Hardy: I couldn’t see him in a hundred years.

dore_schary_portrait_lgDore Schary

MGM Production Chief  Dore Schary when asked who he thought were the great Hollywood Pioneering Directors :

D. W. Griffith, Rex Ingram, Cecil B. DeMille, and Erich von Stroheim – in that order.”

Playwright Robert SherwoodRobert Sherwood working through all the hardships of having a painter over his shoulder

Playwright Robert Sherwood on Rex Ingram and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:

… the grandiose posturing of D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille appear pale and artificial in the light of this new production.

stan_laurel___sons_of_the_desertStan Laurel in Sons of the Desert

Stan Laurel:

You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.


D. W. GriffithD. W. Griffith

D. W. Griffith:

I am fond of depicting the lives of young folks for one thing, and if you don’t have parts for girls or young men, you must absolutely have young people to fill them – that is generally acknowledged now.”

Lillian Gish


Lillian Gish with her ‘Come and get me eyes!’

Lillian Gish:

Young man, if God had wanted you to see me that way, he would have put your eyes in your bellybutton.”


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