Brian De Palma Quotes


Best 35 Quotes by Brian De Palma – Page 1 of 2

“Do I have political views? You bet! I think the best way to express them is in your work, and then get the hell off the stage.”

“Everybody doesn't have to have a daughter who's a goodie-two-shoes.”

“Godard is incredibly brilliant, the things he says. Apparently here in France, the most interesting thing when a new film of his is going to come out are his press conferences, because he's so brilliant.”

“I always had this idea for making a movie about a femme fatale, because I like these characters. They're a lot of fun, they're sexy, they're manipulative, they're dangerous.”

“I do like directing other people's material.”

“I don't mind promoting a movie, or talking to the press if it's going to be used in some way.”

“I don't see scary films. I certainly wouldn't go see my films.”

“I guess what's most surprised me in most of the reviews is that they don't seem to get the noir story in the dream sequence, so they analyze it like a straight noir movie.”

“I had an idea to make a very scary movie, based on a kind of serial murderer that preys on tourists.”

“I hadn't done just a straight-out comedy in a long time, just letting an ensemble do really good character acting, having them carry the movie as in my earlier pictures.”

“I have swum against the stream all my life. It's not something I feel uncomfortable with. Is it difficult? Is it unpleasant? You bet.”

“I just think through your career you go through different phases, and I just got sort of uninspired by the whole studio process of making and releasing films.”

“I like to try to go back and develop pure visual storytelling. Because to me, it's one of the most exciting aspects of making movies and almost a lost art at this point.”

“I listen to contemporary music all the time.”

“I love working with women. I think they're beautiful. I like to photograph them. I like the way they interact.

When I was in high school I used to hang out with the girls. When I went to graduate school, I was in an all girls school. So it's something I'm very familiar with and quite fascinated by.”

“I sometimes go for the strongest, most vivid colour on the palette, which in the case of movies is violence.”

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“I think traditional noir doesn't work in contemporary storytelling because we don't live in that world anymore.”

“I was baptized Presbyterian, and went to a Quaker school for twelve years.”

“I'm always looking for a kind of new musical entity to sort of move into a motion picture venue.”

“I've been obsessed with this kind of visual storytelling for quite a while, and I try to create material that allows me to explore it.”

“I've been sort of traveling around the country for ten years talking about independent features.”

“I've dropped myself into straightforward character pieces in order to explore that form and reap its values.

But you are sort of restricted visually when your first requirement is to tell a fairly straightforward story.”

“It's always great to discover a new star of tomorrow.”

“Like any time you're shooting documentary stuff, you've got to be in the moment, and you've got to be able to be in control enough to capture what's happening.”

“That's what noir feels like to me. It feels like some kind of recurring dream, with very strong archetypes operating.

You know, the guilty girl being pursued, falling, all kinds of stuff that we see in our dreams all the time.”

“The biggest mistake in student films is that they are usually cast so badly, with friends and people the directors know.

Actually you can cover a lot of bad direction with good acting.”

“The camera lies all the time; lies 24 times/second.”

“The real trouble with film school is that the people teaching are so far out of the industry that they don't give the students an idea of what's happening.”

“We've become very doubtful of our information sources, because they're all controlled by these huge multilateral corporations”

“When people want to get any information, research information, it will all exist on these websites.”

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“I think we all have light and dark inside us.”

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