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A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate people.
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A good director's not sure when he gets on the set what he's going to do.
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Acting... was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?
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All of a sudden I had a family of people that worked in the same way and had the desire to reveal themselves.
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Anybody who informs on other people is doing something disturbing and even disgusting.
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Believe in yourselves, in your own performances.
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Every fighter has one fight that makes or breaks him.
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Every picture that is successful has one little miracle in it.
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For years after I resigned, I was still faithful to their way of thinking. But not in the American Communists.
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Hey, you must be doin' good, 'cause I never hear from you.
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I admired Jack Ford, and I even hung around with him for three or four days.
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I didn't have that much confidence. Maybe it looks that way. I'm glad it does.
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I don't remember anything anybody said in any Jack Ford picture. Nothing happens except action.
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I expect to continue to make the same kinds of pictures and to direct the same kinds of plays.
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I felt a certain way, and I think it has to be judged from the perspective of 1952.
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I gave my life to the Group Theatre, because in it I'm building something for myself. What I build, I am.
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I hate the Communists and have for many years and don't feel right about giving up my career to defend them. I will give up my film career if it is in the interests of defending something I believe in, but not this.
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I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I understand, at that time, any opposition between American and Russian national interest.
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I have placed these facts before the House Committee on Un-American Activities without reserve and I now place them before the public and before my co-workers in motion pictures and in the theatre.
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I joined the Communist Party late in 1934. I got out a year and a half later.
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I knew the exuberance of playing before an admiring audience and hearing my secret voice.
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I like directors who come on the set and create something that's a little dangerous, difficult or unusual.
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I may be getting old, but not foolish.
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I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me.
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I question the value of stars. I think they're overrated. They get too much money, too much praise.
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I said to Tennessee, this thing is becoming the Marlon Brando show.
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I spoke without fear of contradiction. I simply did not suffer self-doubt.
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I think there should be collaboration, but under my thumb.
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I truly believe that all power corrupts. Such is probably the thinking behind every political film ever made in Hollywood.
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I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me.
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I value peace when it is not bought at the price of fundamental decencies.
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I want to thank the Academy for its courage and generosity.
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I was always a self-conscious person.
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I was an outsider... but I was also sympathetic with people that were struggling to get up, because I struggled to get up.
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I was both very successful and very left; the living demonstration of how you could be on the left and still be in the gossip columns and be envied for the money you made.
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I was even superior to the Communists and when they didn't go along with me, I quit them.
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I was not a collective person or a bohemian; I was an elitist.
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I was not what you'd call a first-class actor, but I did all right.
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I was taken in by what might be called the Hard Times version of the Communists' advertising or recruiting technique.
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I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement.
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I was the true future. I understood Communism better than they did.
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I was very intense. I think it's a privilege to be an actor.
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I went all over that damned city and shot everywhere-in all the streets and all the forbidden places, and I had a wonderful time.
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I will say nothing to an actor that cannot be translated into action.
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I would rather do what I did than crawl in front of a ritualistic Left and lie the way those other comrades did betray my own soul.
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I wouldn't go up on a stage now if you paid a thousand dollars for one minute of acting. It's a nasty experience. You're up there all by yourself. You're so damn exposed.
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I'm going to make a film where not one word is really important. I'm going to make it all action.
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I'm small, but I'm neither compliant nor agreeable.
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I've lost many of my best friends... I'm going to satisfy myself now, not the critics, not even my friends.
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I've only yelled at an actress twice, and both times it was Jo Van Fleet.
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Intolerable rumors about my political position have been circulating in New York and Hollywood.
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It's not a problem for me. You can ask me anything you want.
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Jesus, I can't do anything with the channel of her tears.
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Miller didn't write Death of a Salesman. He released it. It was there inside him, waiting to be turned loose. That's the measure of its merit.
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Moss Hart was a wonderful man, a guy I liked very much... very gentle and kind and genteel.
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Our relationship was cursed by the fact that we agreed on everything.
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Steinbeck showed how motors were put together and taken apart. We realized how dramatic facts are.
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Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose.
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That's one thing about the theater-it's happening then. It didn't happen some other time and you photographed it.
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The belief that the good in American society will finally win out... I don't believe any more.
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The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy to which I was accustomed.
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The Communists... attempted to control thought and suppress opinion. They tried to dictate personal conduct. They habitually distorted and disregarded and violated the truth.
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The essence of the stage is concentration and penetration. Of the screen action, movement, sweep.
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The facts I have are 16 years out of date, but they supply a small piece of background to the graver picture of communism today.
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The first thing you should do with an actor is not sign a contract with him. Take him to dinner. And take him for a walk afterwards.
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The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up.
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The more ambivalent you are and the more uncertain you are, then you can get something that you cannot anticipate.
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The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have chosen to direct represent my convictions.
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The physical life of the scene is determined by whether the set squeezes people together or whether the set has an escape place in it.
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The theme wasn't the important part... I caught something in the background, in the life of a city. It gave me a lot of confidence.
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The thing about Brando was that I'd make these directions, and he'd walk away. He'd heard enough... to get the machine going.
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The thing about the tradition in the 19th Century was that it worked then. It made a woman feel important.
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The world was like a huge red carpet out ahead of me to be walked on. And it stretched on and on, no end.
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The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
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The young alive ones in the new mould, especially the comedians, are inventive.
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There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors... and that is their competitive sense.
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There was no doubt that there was a vast organization which was making fools of all the liberals in Hollywood and taking their money, that there was a police state among the Left element in Hollywood and Broadway.
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To be a member of the Communist Party is to have a taste of the police state. It is a diluted taste but is bitter and unforgettable.
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Very often the Group actor is a critic when he's acting and an actor when he's criticizing.
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We worked on the play for the fun of it. When we liked what came to be, we decided to show it. Nothing else.
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What's called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there are penalties.
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Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy. Hard and exact facts will cool it.
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When you know what an actor has, you can reach in and arouse it. If you don't know what he has, you don't know what the hell is going on.
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Whether I made a good film or not, I enjoyed the hell out of it because we were in New Orleans and my wife and I were on good terms then and my kids were with me.
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With no sets and using the environment around me... I was very happy with that.
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You can't just sit there and do the lines. You have to do something revealing or unusual.
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You have no idea how fragile an actor's self-worth is.
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You have to remind people of their own struggles. It's a responsibility.
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You've got to keep fighting - you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive.
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