Billy Wilder
Quotations


A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.

An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation.

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.

Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.

France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can't tear the toilet paper.

Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.

He has Van Gogh's ear for music.

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.

Hollywood didn't kill Marilyn Monroe, it's the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood.

I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.

I would rather sleep in a bathroom than in another hotel.

I'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.

I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.

If there's anything I hate more than being taken seriously, it's being taken too seriously.

If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you.

It was hell at the time, but after it was over, it was wonderful.

My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production, but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?

Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window—that is at once interesting.

One's too many, and a hundred's not enough.

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

They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won't work. She was an original.

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.

We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.

What critics call dirty in our pictures, they call lusty in foreign films.

You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.



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