The Cinema and the Storyteller


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Filmmaking and writing have a lot in common. Both are popular ways of telling stories, and many filmmakers are also screenwriters. One can learn a lot about storytelling by studying great movies, as well as great books.

In this post I’d like to share five favorite quotes from one of the greatest filmmakers of all time—Billy Wilder—that are just as applicable to the written word as they are to the cinema.

The best director is the one you don’t see.” -Billy Wilder

You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.” -Billy Wilder

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” -Billy Wilder

Don’t be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.” -Billy Wilder

It was hell at the time, but after it was over, it was wonderful.” -Billy Wilder


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