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With most British actors, it's amazing.
by Norman Jewison

With most British actors, it's amazing.
I think they start with the character on the outside and work in.
- Norman Jewison

I think you get better as you get older.
- Norman Jewison

We're always on the side of the animal that's being chased.
We always seem to be on the side of the rabbit or the
fox and not on the side of the hounds.
- Norman Jewison

Look, I'm just a storyteller.
When I make a film, I never want the film to become
a vehicle of social propaganda.
- Norman Jewison

 

I was really excited to have the opportunity to make Fiddler.
- Norman Jewison

Michael Caine is a movie star, but he's also a great actor.
I can't say that about every movie star.
It's the concentration he has.
- Norman Jewison

In America there's no rights for the artist,
so whatever films I've made kind of belong to the studio.
- Norman Jewison

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I don't make films to win prizes.
I make films to make films.
- Norman Jewison

Do what you're told, and everything will be all right.
- Norman Jewison

I was very disappointed that Denzel didn't win Best
Actor for The Hurricane because I thought he deserved it.
- Norman Jewison

I'm going to do an adaptation of the Italian film,
Bread and Tulips.
I really like that film.
- Norman Jewison

When you shoot a musical, you're shooting to lipsynch tracks,
so we had to figure out our choreography and work out
what we wanted to do with each number before we did it.
- Norman Jewison

When I make a film, I never want the film to become
a vehicle of social propaganda.
If I wanted to do that, I'd make documentaries.
- Norman Jewison

I don't like to think that maybe I'm just getting old.
I'm not too excited about watching a huge explosion.
I'm more interested in people and characters.
- Norman Jewison

As you know, in America there's no rights for the artist,
so whatever films I've made kind of belong to the studio,
so if they want to remake it they can.
- Norman Jewison

I still get a lot of material but I find that as one
gets older you get more fussy.
You know you're going spend a year or a year and a
half on this and you know there are only so many films
in you so you get a little bit more selective.
- Norman Jewison

And I think all Nazis didn't see themselves as bad people.
I've never met a racist yet who thought he was a racist.
Or an anti-Semite who thought they were anti-Semitic.
- Norman Jewison

Everything Sholom Aleichem talks about in his plays
and his short stories is about people,
family, man's relationship with his God,
the breaking down of tradition.
- Norman Jewison

I mean they're making remakes of my films and I'm not even dead yet!
Why would you want to make a remake?
- Norman Jewison

We also have a tendency to root for the fugitive.
We're always on the side of the animal being chased.
- Norman Jewison

It's an entire industry focusing on young male viewers
that want action and violence.
They sell us something that isn't valid.
They're selling films like a product.
- Norman Jewison

I think I've done pretty well.
I've had about 46, or 47 nominations from my movies,
and my films have won about 12 awards,
so I don't have any complaints.
- Norman Jewison

But Madonna has a small amount of talent when it comes to movies.
- Norman Jewison

And even Moonstruck - for some reason the audience
were just in the mood for a very romantic film,
because it's one of the few romantic comedies to be
nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
- Norman Jewison

Moonstruck...
was one of the few romantic comedies to be nominated
for a Best Picture Oscar.
- Norman Jewison

I'm in the mood for another Moonstruck experience,
for another romantic comedy.
- Norman Jewison

Well, you know the old line - to be nominated is what it's all about.
I think that I've done pretty well -
I've had about 46,
or 47 nominations from my movies, and my films have
won about 12 awards in total,
so I don't really have any complaints.
- Norman Jewison

A lot of American actors I work with are in character all day long.
You can't talk to them.
It's Method and the whole thing.
- Norman Jewison

I'm just a storyteller.
- Norman Jewison

I work with a lot of movie stars.
- Norman Jewison

Every generation deals with the breaking down of its tradition,
and I think that they rediscovered the film.
- Norman Jewison

Betrayal...
is my favorite subject.
- Norman Jewison

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India,
history will look upon the act of
depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Sitting down to a meal with an Indian family is different
from sitting down to a meal with a British family.
- Roland Joffe

It would not be fair to the critics of Rotary,
who include some of the most brilliant of the British and American writers,
to charge them with prejudice.
- Paul Harris

There are a few Chinese smuggled in over the borders
of British Columbia on the north and Mexico on the south.
- Denis Kearney

Americans like the British kind of quirkiness and the strange accent.
They find it kind of cute or something,
with a certain charm.
- Nick Park

I loved history, particularly of the British,
American and Old Testament kind.
- Luke Ford

I mean, I think in the early days we were pretty...
pretty British in our entertainment leads.
- Graeme Murphy

I didn't know Charlie before doing the movie,
but I was a huge fan of the British Queer as Folk.
- Nathan Lane

For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British
government could not rule Ireland on its own terms.
- Gerry Adams

The British feel of blues has been hard,
rather than emotional.
Far too much emphasis on 12 bar, too little attention to words,
far too little originality.
- Alexis Korner

No more distressing moment can ever face a British
government than that which requires it to come to a hard,
fast and specific decision.
- Barbara Tuchman

If these theatres didn't exist, the tradition of British
theatre would cease to exist.
- David Soul

King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed
the great success of the British nation in political
life to their talking politics after dinner.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I was never too keen on the British music press.
They've called us a supermarket hype,
and they used to suggest that we didn't write our own songs.
- Freddie Mercury

The British Government and the Irish Government have
accepted very clearly the Mitchell Report.
- Dick Spring

I'm not at all fed up with British films,
but I am fed up with playing upper-class people.
- Kristin Scott Thomas

My jokes are in my head and I have a duplicate copy
of my jokes in a lot of British comics' heads,
where they are safe.
- Emo Philips

I was determined that no British government should
be brought down by the action of two tarts.
- Harold MacMillan

I could have closed down bits of British Home Stores
to make more money but it's not my style.
I want to make my money as a retailer,
not by putting people out of work.
- Philip Green

It was part of your religion to hate the British.
- Rebecca H. Davis

Continental directors, as opposed to British and American,
tend to be somewhat high-handed in their approach.
- Donald Pleasence

As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity,
and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later.
- Alistair Cooke

Were British protesters, armed with little more than
a frisbee and a bag of plastic toy soldiers,
really in danger of being shot by the US military in Gloucestershire?
- Mark Thomas

We've always had a pretty competitive and pretty ferocious
battle with British Airways...
It's lasted now about 14 years, and we're very pleased to have survived it.
- Richard Branson

If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country
it is by reversing that policy which made us simply
the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food.
- Eamon de Valera

I gave my parole once, and it has been shamefully violated
by the British Government;
I shall not give another to people on whom no faith can be reposed.
- Christopher Gadsden

No, men and women of the Irish race,
we shall not fight for England.
We shall fight for the destruction of the British Empire
and the construction of an Irish republic.
- James Larkin

I'd rather do theater and British films than move to
LA in hopes of getting small roles in American films.
- Kate Winslet

In my opinion the greatest advantage we can at present expect from our Navy;
for at this early period We can not expect to have
a Navy to cope with the British.
- William Whipple

My parents are Italian and British.
They live in Berkeley now - we all moved there four years ago.
- Claire Forlani

The avian influenza found in mainland British Columbia
poses no significant threat to human health.
- John Clifford

She has turned the British bulldog into a Reagan poodle.
- David Steel

It's weird, because usually if you're British and you
go to America you play baddies;
but I play naughty people here and goodies in America.
- Paul Bettany

The French and the British are such good enemies that
they can't resist being friends.
- Peter Ustinov

The most conservative man in this world is the British
trade unionist when you want to change him.
- Ernest Bevin

There just seems to be more acceptance now of...
other kinds of British films, than the picture-postcard ones.
- Tim Roth

The British have slang words, as we do,
but it was fun.
- Dennis Farina

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public
in one of its periodical fits of morality.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I'm very proud to be British, and my brand is British.
- Victoria Beckham


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