Orson Welles Quotes (78 quotes)
“A long-playing full shot is what always separates the men from the boys. Anybody can make movies with a pair of scissors and a two-inch lens.”
Quoted by Peter Bogdanovich, from the DVD audio commentary on The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
“I don't regard my career as something so precious that it comes before my convictions.”
in an interview with Bernie Braden in Paris (1960), viewable here.
“The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left.”
Quoted in an interview from Hollywood Voices, ed. Andrew Sarris (1971)
“This theatre is your theatre. You are responsible for its creation and its progress.”
the bottom of an original program for the 1936 WPA presentation of Voodoo MacBeth
“It's about two percent movie-making and ninety-eight percent hustling. It's no way to spend a life.”
Quoted in the documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane. Extract viewable here.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsOrson Welles
Born: May 6, 1915
Died: October 10, 1985 (aged 70)
Occupation: Actor, screenwriter, playwright
Bio: George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio and film.