Orson Welles

Literary Birthday – 6 May – Orson Welles

Orson Welles was born 6 May 1915 and died 10 October 1985.

Orson Welles Quotes

  1. Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
  2. People are losing the capacity to listen to words or follow ideas.
  3. A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.
  4. If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
  5. The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics – the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room.
  6. A good artist should be isolated. If he isn’t isolated, something is wrong.
  7. The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.
  8. Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate.
  9. There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.
  10. Don’t give them what you think they want. Give them what they never thought was possible.
  11. Every true artist must, in his own way, be a magician, a charlatan.
  12. When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society.
  13. A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. This Is Orson Welles is a collection of penetrating and witty conversations between Welles and Peter Bogdanovich, which include insights into Welles’s radio, theatre, film, and television work

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Posted on: 6th May 2018