All the Best Lines: An Informal History of the Movies in Quotes, Notes and Anecdotes

All the Best Lines: An Informal History of the Movies in Quotes, Notes and Anecdotes

George Tiffin

Language: English

Pages: 434

ISBN: 1781852014

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An informal history of the movies told through some of cinema's best-loved scenes, from the early days of Hollywood to the present day

Pithy put-downs, hard-boiled snarlings, words of love and regret—they're all here in this collection of 500 memorable movie quotes, embracing both one-liners ("My name is Pussy Galore") and slices of snappy dialogue from pictures as diverse as King KongVertigoThe Magnificent Seven, Network, This Is Spinal Tap, Fight Club, Superbad, and Inglourious Basterds. Arranged under such timeless themes as "dreams," "friends," "libido," and "memories," the quotes juxtapose films and stars from every era and every genre. Throughout the text are feature capsules focusing on themes and stories in the movies from Goldwynisms to Mae West, plus a generous scattering of cinema anecdotes, making the book both a joy to browse and an authoritative reference. Lavishly illustrated, this collection will delight and entertain readers in equal measure, reacquainting them with favorite movies and introducing some forgotten classics.

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received from each script, whether written in two weeks or (never more than) eight weeks, from $50,000 to $150,000 [$500,000 to $1.5 million]. I worked also by the week. David O. Selznick once paid me $3,500 [$35,000] a day. 1946 THE BIG SLEEP Vivian is not happy that Marlowe has been called in to investigate her family’s affairs. VIVIAN I don’t like your manners. MARLOWE And I’m not crazy about yours. I didn’t ask to see you. I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners, I don’t like

which was pretty often. And I would pretend I was a princess trapped in a tower by a wicked queen. And then suddenly this knight on a white horse with these colours flying would come charging up and draw his sword. And I would wave. And he would climb up the tower and rescue me. But never in all the time. . . that I had this dream did the knight say to me, ‘Come on, baby, I’ll put you up in a great condo.’ Dir: Garry Marshall • Scr: J. F. Lawton • Cast: Julia Roberts (Vivian Ward) When Vivian

there are some men who don’t end every sentence with a proposition. Dir: Michael Gordon • Scr: Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin • Cast: Doris Day (Jan Morrow) 1960 PEEPING TOM Lewis, a psychopathic photographer, is interviewed for a job shooting glamour pictures. MR PETERS Got a question for you. Which magazines sell the most copies? MARK Those with girls on the front covers and no front covers on the girls. Dir: Michael Powell • Scr: Leo Marks • Cast: Bartlett Mullins (Mr Peters),

want to nail them too. SALLY What if they don’t want to have sex with you? HARRY Doesn’t matter, because the sex thing is already out there so the friendship is ultimately doomed and that’s the end of the story. SALLY Well, I guess we’re not going to be friends then. HARRY I guess not. SALLY That’s too bad. You were the only person that I knew in New York. Dir: Rob Reiner • Scr: Nora Ephron • Cast: Billy Crystal (Harry Burns), Meg Ryan (Sally Albright) According to screenwriter Nora

actors and extraordinary upheavals during production, Coppola ended up rewriting a huge amount as he went along. Several weeks into shooting he replaced Harvey Keitel (as Willard) with Martin Sheen and was forced to begin the movie again. When Sheen filmed the opening scenes, he was so drunk he punched his reflection in a mirror, slicing his hand open; Coppola just told the camera to keep rolling and filmed the ensuing mayhem as he yelled improvised directions at the actor. During hugely

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