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I relieve myself from the rigours of directing by casting the movie correctly. — John Huston

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Marilyn was one step from oblivion when I directed her in The Asphalt Jungle. I remember she impressed me more off the screen than on ... there was something touching and appealing about her. — John Huston

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Whenever something is convenient or was modified after 1970, you probably shouldn't use it as root. — John Huston

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There's never any telling what you'll say or do next, except that it's bound to be something astonishing. By God, sir, you are a character. — John Huston

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You walk through a series of arches, so to speak, and then, presently, at the end of a corridor, a door opens and you see backward through time, and you feel the flow of time, and realize you are only part of a great nameless procession. — John Huston

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Each picture with its particular environment and unique personal relationships is a world unto itself - separate and distinct. Picture makers lead dozens of lives - a life for each picture. And, by the same token, they perish a little when each picture is finished and that world comes to an end. In this respect it is a melancholy occupation. — John Huston

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For sheer strength of character, I wouldn't have dared to cross swords with Callas. I would rather have gone six rounds with Jack Dempsey. — John Huston

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I would spend more time with my children. I would make my money before spending it. I would learn the joys of wine instead of hard liquor. I would not smoke cigarettes when I had pneumonia. I would not marry a fifth time. — John Huston

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When you make motion pictures, each picture is a life unto itself. When you finish and the picture is over, there's an understanding, a realization that we'll never be assembled this way again. That these relationships are severed forever and ever. And each of these films is a little life. — John Huston

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I don't approve of censorship. I like the French theatre idea. Put on the play, and if the audience doesn't care for it, or feels offended by it, they rip up the seats. — John Huston

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A work of art doesn't dare you to realize it. It germinates and gestates by itself. — John Huston

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What to do when inspiration doesn't come; be careful not to spook, get the wind up, force things into position. You must wait around until the idea comes. — John Huston

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Most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place they're capable of anything. — John Huston

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You're good, you're real good. — John Huston

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After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor. — John Huston

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Hollywood has always been a cage ... a cage to catch our dreams. — John Huston

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The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it. — John Huston

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Talk to them about things they don't know. Try to give them an inferiority complex. If the actress is beautiful, screw her. If she isn't, present her with a valuable painting she will not understand. If they insist on being boring, kick their asses or twist their noses. And that's about all there is to it. — John Huston

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Once you have found the right shot to introduce the scene-written your first declarative sentence-then the rest flows. You've found the key to the whole scene. — John Huston

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I don't try to guess what a million people will like. It's hard enough to know what I like. — John Huston

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Critics have never been able to discover a unifying theme in my films. For thatmatter, neither have I. — John Huston

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It's not color, it's like pouring 40 tablespoons of sugar water over a roast. — John Huston

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I don't got to show you no stinkin' bahdges! — John Huston

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What you try to become is a bringer of magic, for magic and the truth are closely allied and movies are sheer magic ... when they work, it's, well, it's glorious. — John Huston

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Even Michelangelo on his deathbed thought he'd done nothing to ennoble art. He wanted to destroy his work-the Pieta! And this from the greatest artist who ever lived. Of course I am not comparing my work to Michelangelo's. But this eternal dissatisfaction of the artist is what I was talking about. — John Huston

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I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk. — John Huston

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There is a wilful lemming-like persistance in remaking past successes time after time. They can't make them as good as they are in our memories, but they go on doing them and each time it's a disaster. Why don't we remake some of our bad pictures - I'd love another shot at 'Roots of Heaven' - and make them good? — John Huston

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I am more lost in wonder than ever. — John Huston