CHARLES CHAPLIN –  “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
ERICH VON STROHEIM – “I make films for the theatres! Not for the actors!”
STANLEY KUBRICK –  “The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.”
DAVID LEAN –  “I’ve just begun to dare to think I perhaps am a bit of an artist.”
KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI –  “To tell you the truth, in my work, love is always in opposition to the elements. It creates dilemmas. It brings in suffering. We can’t live with it, and we can’t live without it. You’ll rarely find a happy ending in my work.”
ORSON WELLES – “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.”
JOHN SCHLESINGER –  ‘Hollywood is an extraordinary kind of temporary place.”
ROMAN POLANSKI –  “You have to show violence the way it is. If you don’t show it realistically, then that’s immoral and harmful. If you don’t upset people, then that’s obscenity.”
FREDERICO FELLINI –  “I discovered that what’s really important for a creator isn’t what we vaguely define as inspiration or even what it is we want to say, recall, regret, or rebel against. No, what’s important is the way we say it. Art is all about craftsmanship. Others can interpret craftsmanship as style if they wish. Style is what unites memory or recollection, ideology, sentiment, nostalgia, presentiment, to the way we express all that. It’s not what we say but how we say it that matters.”
BUSTER KEATON –  “Is Hollywood the cruelest city in the world? Well, it can be. New York can be that, too. You can be a Broadway star here one night, and something happens, and out – nobody knows you on the street. They forget you ever lived. It happens in Hollywood, too.”
JOHN CARPENTER –  “In England I’m a Horror movie Director. In Germany, I’m a Filmmaker. In the U.S. I’m a bum.”
TERRY GILLIAM –  “I just like the fact I can make a film which might give comfort to some people who think they are the only crazy person in the world and suddenly they see there are two crazy people in the world.”
ALFRED HITCHCOCK –  “The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.”
DAVID LYNCH – “Well we don’t know – that’s the thing about film, it  starts, and then it ends, and nothing should be added and nothing should be taken away. So it’s wrong for me to say, but it’s beautiful for, you know, anyone has the right to.. go where they wanna go..”

4 comments on “MOVING PICTURES

  1. What a wonderful site! I’m a writer and filmmaker based in Brighton. I was looking for the Skrebneski 1969 shot of Vanessa Redgrave as it’s relevant to this year’s Brighton Festival; lots of your posted portraits came up and led me here, and now I can’t tear myself away…might I suggest a Monica Bellucci room, and portraits of Virginia Mayo and Rhonda Fleming…?

  2. chaplin says:

    Glad you found your way hither, Tim. Fine suggestions for new rooms, I’ll be sure to build a new wing or two. I’d love to learn more about your literary & film work, and would be more than happy to offer a little verdoux publicity for you or the Brighton Festival. Cheers ~

  3. Sorry for tardy response – things have been a little hectic; a short film shoot coming up this weekend, and a feature to mount immediately after! Thank you for your very generous offer of support – I can use it! Is there any way to contact you direct – I’m not terribly good with computers, and my default mail client is not set up, which is often a snag when trying to reach people via websites.

    Some of my films are online but unlisted, as I hope to submit to festivals. Here is one I won’t be submitting, as I crossed the line badly (twice!), but it has some virtues, designed as an homage to American Beauty (part of a film challenge):

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