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The film kept me from working as a secretary.
by Victoria Abril

The film kept me from working as a secretary.
It was a real stroke of luck.
A miracle.
- Victoria Abril

When you have to get into the character each morning,
give it your voice, your face, it was torture.
- Victoria Abril

For most of my career, I've played roles that were
written for other actresses.
- Victoria Abril

My only friends were boys, and I was just one more of them.
- Victoria Abril

 

My current companion, Gerard de Battista,
is the father of my two sons.
- Victoria Abril

I chose the most explosive dress I could find.
I put a ton of makeup on and some great round earrings.
I looked like Jennifer Jones in Duel in the Sun.
- Victoria Abril

You can fake your age or mask it, but the passion that
moves the characters has to be real.
- Victoria Abril

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Keep your ears open, your eyes open,
grab everything you can,
react, and learn!
- Victoria Abril

Acting is the work of two people-it's only possible
when you have the complicity,
the help, even the manipulation of a director.
- Victoria Abril

The actress they'd hired had refused to appear naked in front of the camera.
I didn't like to appear naked either,
but the first thing I did was take off my clothes and
jump into the pool completely naked.
- Victoria Abril

There's nothing more human than two people making love.
- Victoria Abril

My first vocation was dance.
- Victoria Abril

I really wanted to work and become independent.
- Victoria Abril

I went to dance classes from 9 in the morning until 1,
then to school from 3 to 10 at night,
always under the threat that if I failed a single course
I could forget about dancing.
- Victoria Abril

On my fifth film, it was then that I stopped dancing.
- Victoria Abril

I'd heard it was dangerous to walk around Miami.
- Victoria Abril

I had to gain weight until I looked like a seal so
I could compete with the real whores who played the other roles.
I was fat as a barrel.
- Victoria Abril

People love coming on television, even if they have to show their miseries.
- Victoria Abril

When I said I was going to audition for a film,
I got a hearty laugh from all my family.
- Victoria Abril

Compared to dancing, films seemed to me to be the work of lay bums.
There was no physical pain; it was enough to say and
imagine what was in the script.
It was very easy for me.
- Victoria Abril

I'm a small and normal girl, and stories like mine no one likes to tell.
Fortunately so, because I wouldn't like to play myself.
- Victoria Abril

The director had come to Madrid to court me.
- Victoria Abril

The director took my face in his hands and asked me to show him my teeth,
as with a horse.
This happened on a Wednesday, and by the following Monday I was shooting.
- Victoria Abril

Psychiatrists don't solve anything from one day to the next.
- Victoria Abril

I like men with some belly who are a little over the hill.
- Victoria Abril

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

So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?
- Christina Aguilera

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
- Samuel Goldwyn

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated.
The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I never enjoyed working in a film.
- Marlene Dietrich

The secret to film is that it's an illusion.
- George Lucas

This film cost $31 million.
With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.
- Clint Eastwood

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
- Jean Cocteau

I don't think you should feel about a film.
You should feel about a woman, not a movie.
You can't kiss a movie.
- Jean-Luc Godard

A good film is when the price of the dinner,
the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
- Alfred Hitchcock

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole,
it would be about me.
- Federico Fellini

Every single art form is involved in film,
in a way.
- Sydney Pollack

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
- Roger Ebert

Film spectators are quiet vampires.
- Jim Morrison

Shoot a few scenes out of focus.
I want to win the foreign film award.
- Billy Wilder

Film lovers are sick people.
- Francois Truffaut

What he's done is recognise the cinematic nature of the book.
It's beautifully realised - it's a beat film.
- Tilda Swinton

I mean, I did a film, a musical of 'Scrooge',
in '70, and the tricks were done by flat clothes and mirrors.
I hope that the day will come when we don't have to turn up at all.
- Albert Finney

The foundation for film acting is stage acting.
- James Lipton

Directing a film was something I was yearning to do.
I always wanted to see if I had the capacity to be a good storyteller.
- Kevin Spacey

It's always good to have no expectations when you see a film.
Then you can be pleasantly disappointed or surprised.
- Bill Paxton

Approach every film with the same enthusiasm,
regardless of its budget.
- Lou Diamond Phillips

Language is much closer to film than painting is.
- Sergei Eisenstein

We're making a commercial Hindi film catering to all types of audiences.
- Sanjay Dutt

Oh, yes, that never happened to me in my life before.
It was a risky film, and I warned the producer.
- Alain Resnais

When you make a film like this, you must have the highest
expectations of your audience.
Having worked in situations where we have the lowest
expectations of our audience.
- Atom Egoyan

You know, in the film making business no one ever gives you anything.
- James Cameron

A film should be an experience.
You should feel something.
It should motivate you to feel something.
- Tim Reid

Many people will say, well, clothes should be worn;
but I think people can look at them in public,
like seeing a film.
I think museum exhibitions are very important.
- Issey Miyake

Film is a very intimate medium.
- David Morse

By drawing or exposing two or more patterns on the
same bit of film I can create harmony and textual effects.
- Norman McLaren

My guess is that if they now choose to change of director for every other film,
it's just because you can't really change the formula,
you can merely try to film it your way.
- Guy Hamilton

So if I keep making mistakes on Broadway or tape or film,
producing, directing or acting, I can go along and do it -
so long as I'm not investing too much capital in these things.
- Jackie Cooper

On the contrary, I'm a strong believer in the necessity
of imperfection coming into the film.
- Walter Salles

This role is more visible, and I grew up without a
lot of that sort of modeling so I'm relieved and proud to have done this film.
- Wentworth Miller

John Schlesinger had one of his friends designing it
and he had never done a film before.
Ten days before it started, they didn't have any costumes.
I was rung up and joined up.
- Julie Harris

Obviously in Art of Noise, I'm just part of the group,
and when I do film scores, it's always in collaboration
with the director and other people involved.
- Anne Dudley

But my sense in talking to people when I travel is
that the film business is not that dissimilar from
a lot of other businesses.
- Steven Soderbergh

15 years later, it's all the TV stars with the film deals,
whether it's the cast of Friends or That '70s Show
now with Ashton and other people doing stuff.
- Anthony Michael Hall

I also don't like films that are made just to make money,
no this kind of film I don't like.
- Dario Argento

I am never driven.
Every film I've made has been an assignment.
- Alain Resnais

I would quite like to do a different accent or play
something so different from myself because Olivia,
the character I play in this film, is similar to me.
- Charlotte Church

The only way to ensure a film is going to sell is put
Will Smith in it and you open it in 3,000 theaters
and make sure we have all the top promotional spots in each venue.
- Omar Epps

This film, Tomb Raider 2, is a big challenge.
It's quite exhausting.
- Jan de Bont


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