” A lot of people in the film industry are fatalists who think a worthwhile film will always achieve its destiny, and the films that aren’t worthwhile won’t. It’s all sort of pre-determined, etc. And I don’t think that’s true at all. “


” So much of selling a film in the industry is about creating a fulcrum where all the pressure comes to bear, and something seems suddenly valuable and approved by an audience. It’s amazing how people could pick up tons of films on the cheap, but they don’t because they wait until everything is laid out for them. “


” One of the downsides of money is if there’s no money, there are very few real jerks who are attached to your project. And if there is money, you do attract some very difficult, unhelpful people. “


” Coming out of university, one of my obsessions was that in the novels I was reading, they seemed to be portraying a world that had a social fabric. People knew each other in ‘War and Peace.’ They went to all the same balls. These were societies with tightly wound, woven, social textures. “


” I have to embrace the fact people find me divisive, but I find it remarkable. I was very disturbed by the hatred ‘Damsels in Distress’ received. “


” My biggest false steps have actually been when I tried to do very different projects. I found I was getting people saying, ‘Why does Whit Stillman think he can do a film about blacks in early ’60s Jamaica? Or the Chinese and the cultural revolution?’ Those were the two biggest failures I had getting off the ground. “


” The dull externals of the screenwriter’s working life are well known: We are the people taking up too much table space at cafes. “


” Coming out of college, back to New York, where I didn’t really know that many people, I thought our world was very atomized. “


” If you’re sort of interested in politics but sort of upset about contemporary politics, it’s kind of wonderful to read about periods who were very eloquent and admirable – generally. People are articulating ideas you can sympathize with or understand both sides of. Or at least feel like one side is saying the right things. “



All 9 Whit Stillman Quotes about People in picture


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So much of selling a film in the industry is about creating a fulcrum where all the pressure comes to bear, and something seems suddenly valuable and approved by an audience. It


One of the downsides of money is if there
Coming out of university, one of my obsessions was that in the novels I was reading, they seemed to be portraying a world that had a social fabric. People knew each other in
I have to embrace the fact people find me divisive, but I find it remarkable. I was very disturbed by the hatred
My biggest false steps have actually been when I tried to do very different projects. I found I was getting people saying,
The dull externals of the screenwriter
Coming out of college, back to New York, where I didn
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