Selected Film Quotations


In addition to our other features, each month a group member identifies a selected quotation for consideration of the group.  This quotation can address a variety of film-related topics.  This feature began in 2016, and a complete record of selected quotations can be viewed below.


ACT ONE MISSION QUOTE: “No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.” — Ingmar Bergman, director of The Seventh Seal



“For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.” — Alfred Hitchcock, director of Rebecca



“Does art reflect life? In movies, yes. Because more than any other art form, films have been a mirror held up to society’s porous face.” — Marjorie Rosen, author of Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies and the American Dream



“Cinema is universal, beyond flags and borders and passports.” — Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Babel



“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.” — Jean-Luc Godard, director of Breathless



“Film lovers are sick people.” — François Truffaut, director of The 400 Blows



“A film is a petrified fountain of thought.” — Jean Cocteau, author of Les Enfants Terribles



“Art is the closest we can come to understanding how a stranger really feels.” — Roger Ebert, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and historian



“I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.” — Francis Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather



“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” — Alfred Hitchcock, director of Rebecca



“The cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second.” — Jean-Luc Godard, director of Breathless



“Life is very, very complicated and so films should be allowed to be too.” — David Lynch, director of Dune and Blue Velvet



“We love films and storytelling as a people. It's just human compulsion to listen to and tell stories.” — Mychael Danna, composer of The Time Traveler's Wife and Life of Pi



“Cinema is magic in the service of dreams.” — Djibril Diop Mambéty, director of Contras'city and The Journey of the Hyena



“Film recognizes neither time nor space, only the limits of man’s imagination.” — Nicholas Ray, director of Rebel Without a Cause and The True Story of Jesse James



“Like all art forms, film is a media as powerful as weapons of mass destruction; the only difference is that war destroys and film inspires.” — Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Drive and The Neon Demon



“Human beings share the same common problems. A film can only be understood if it depicts these properly.” — Akira Kurosawa, director of Rashomon and Seven Samurai



“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” — Frank Capra, director of It Happened One Night and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington



“There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.” — Orson Welles, director of Citizen Kane and The Lady from Shanghai



“Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.” — Tom Hanks, Oscar-winning star of Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994)



“The cinema, like the detective story, makes it possible to experience without danger all the excitement, passion and desirousness which must be repressed in a humanitarian ordering of life.” — Carl Jung, psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology



“Relating a person to the whole world: that is the meaning of cinema.” — Andrei Tarkovsky, director of Ivan’s Childhood (1962) and Solaris (1972)



“When I was 16, I felt very relieved to discover cinema. It was like an island where I could see life and death from another perspective. Every young person should be interested in that island. It’s a beautiful place.” — Leos Carax, director of Boy Meets Girl (1984) and Holy Motors (2012)



“Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.” — Frank Capra, director of It Happened One Night (1934) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)