Today is Alfred Hitchcock's Birthday
The unmatched director was a quotable genius. Here are just some of his funniest quips.
Actors are cattle.
Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
Disney has the best casting. If he doesn't like an actor he just tears him up.
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.