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Bille August Quotes

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The novel is a penetrating study of morals and ethics.
- Bille August

From the beginning, we were prepared,
we know how we would shoot and cut the two versions.
- Bille August

I was mostly interested in it as a theatrical film.
Personally, I am not so interested in television,
simply because I don't watch television myself.
I'm into movies.
- Bille August

The big difference is the size of the crew and the
flexibility of shooting because of the size.
I mean, it's crazy.
So you can't improvise, you cannot suddenly do something that comes to mind,
whereas in a small production you have much more flexibility.
- Bille August

 

She is also brought to a point of zero in the beginning of the story,
and I think you can say that about a lot of my films
in that they are often about people who are brought
to the point of zero in the beginning of the film.
- Bille August

I wanted to make Jerusalem as feature film.
But we couldn't finance it only through theatrical release,
we couldn't get all the money we needed.
We had to get some money from television.
So we said, ok, let's do it both ways.
So we did it in four parts.
- Bille August

It was actually Peter's idea that I should make the film.
He called me in the very beginning, and I hadn't even read the book.
So I read it and I liked it very much and I knew I'd certainly like to do it.
- Bille August

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I spent almost 3 months with Bergman,
four hours every afternoon.
We sat and went through the whole script.
To be honest, most of the time we talked about life
and other different things.
It was really a wonderful time.
- Bille August

It was a major dream come true at last.
In many respects, Jerusalem is a very modern and important
story about people in a period of transition,
with all the unrest that permeates society on the eve of a new century.
The big life issues are at stake.
- Bille August

He considers the theatrical version of Fanny and Alexander
an amputated version of what his original film was,
and he doesn't really like the shorter film.
- Bille August

We talked a lot about The Best Intentions and how we
could shoot certain scenes in different ways with slightly
different bits of dialogue and information,
so that later on, we could cut the piece more easily
and it would still feel complete,
even though it was shorter.
- Bille August

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality
by contact with this great novel land of yours
which sticks up out of the Atlantic.
- Winston Churchill

The novel is born of disillusionment;
the poem,
of despair.
- Jose Bergamin

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
- Lord Chesterfield

The only reason for the existence of a novel is that
it does attempt to represent life.
- Henry James

I did not think much what I was writing them for,
except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in
some less conventional form than straight narrative.
- Nicholas Mosley

The fire burns as the novel taught it how.
- Wallace Stevens

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.
You bring to a novel, anything you read,
all your experience of the world.
You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
- Angela Carter

Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.
- Andre Maurois

I'm working on a nonfiction book on Nepal and a novel about diasporas.
- Louise Brown

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience,
of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.
- Eudora Welty

Henry Miller wrote novels, but he calls his protagonist Henry,
often Henry Miller, and his books are in this gray
area between memoir and novel.
- Leslie Fiedler

Then about 1951 I began writing again,
painfully, a novel I called in the beginning A Life Sentence on Earth,
but which developed into The Tree of Man.
- Patrick White

Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism
such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly
novel in the history of human culture.
- Johan Huizinga

Watergate is an immensely complicated scandal with
a cast of characters as varied as a Tolstoy novel.
- Bob Woodward

Only in a novel are all things given full play.
- David Herbert Lawrence

I attempt to write a good novel.
Whether it is literature or not is something that will be decided by the ages,
not by me and not by a pack of critics around the globe.
- Elizabeth George

If you're writing a novel, you're in a room for three or four years.
There's not much coming in from the outside.
- Mordecai Richler

Anyway, several rewrites later, Del Rey Books did publish my first novel,
and it did become the first work of fiction on the
New York Times trade paperback bestseller list.
- Terry Brooks

In my personal life, I'm a comic novel.
But then, so are we all, because we're human beings.
- Dean Koontz

Great, big, serious novels always get awards.
If it's a battle between a great, big,
serious novel and a funny novel, the funny novel is doomed.
- Neil Gaiman

The hardest novel to write was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
- Anne Tyler

I spend eight months outlining and researching the
novel before I begin to write a single word of the prose.
- Jeffery Deaver

Oh, that sound? I'm in the hot tub, reading a novel.
- Jane Smiley

Writing a novel is a terrible experience,
during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.
- Flannery O'Connor

I've always felt that life is a novel,
and part of it is written for you, and part of it is written by you.
It's up to you to write the ending, ultimately.
- Lynn Johnston

Yes, after some time spent last year on other commitments,
most of them speaking engagements, I am now about halfway
through a novel that I hope will come out in 1998.
- Robert MacNeil

I am writing my second novel for children for Simon and Schuster.
- Marlee Matlin

You no longer have much in the way of knowing what to do in a big,
epic novel about the future, because nobody knows what
the hell is going to happen.
- Jerry Pournelle

My first film goes into production in October.
It's called White Boy Shuffle and it's based on a novel
about a young black kid and it's sort of reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye.
- Ryan Phillippe

It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates
the novel's aesthetic facade.
- Manuel Puig

I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after,
which may be something more like this again,
maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction.
- Penelope Lively

No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something,
while despair is nothing.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

Strangely enough, the first character in Fried Green Tomatoes was the cafe,
and the town.
I think a place can be as much a character in a novel as the people.
- Fannie Flagg

I wrote a novel for my degree, and I'm very happy I
didn't submit that to a publisher.
I sympathize with my professors who had to read it.
- David Eddings

The most important basis of any novel is wanting to be someone else,
and this means creating a character.
- Antonio Tabucchi

If you enjoy math and you write novels,
it's very rare that you'll get a chance to put your math into a novel.
I leapt at the chance.
- Mark Haddon

A novel is balanced between a few true impressions
and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life.
- Saul Bellow

The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose,
and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel,
the most anarchical of all forms of literature.
- George Orwell

You're getting everyone's point of view at the same time,
which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel:
a cubist state,
the cubist novel.
- Michael Ondaatje

Before trying a novel I wrote a couple of plays.
- James Merrill

The process of rewriting is enjoyable,
because you're not in that existential panic when you
don't have a novel at all.
- Rose Tremain

The building of the architecture of a novel -
the craft of it -
is something I never tire of.
- John Irving

I found some time ago that I have to be careful,
while working on a novel, what I read.
- John Sladek

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero;
but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult
part to invent is the end.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The novel moves like all the arts.
It's transforming itself all the time.
- Nathalie Sarraute

If a theme or idea is too near the surface,
the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.
- Elizabeth Bowen

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.
- Toni Morrison

When one is writing a novel in the first person,
one must be that person.
- Daphne du Maurier

You want to suggest something new, but at the same time,
resolve the drama of the action in the novel.
- Michael Ondaatje

I'm writing a novel about two actresses who go to New York,
because that's what I know about.
One has lost touch with reality, disappears and is picked up by a man.
- Julie Walters

In course of time my first novel appeared.
It was a love story.
- George Barr McCutcheon

I was thinking about what I wanted to write next,
after my first novel, and had decided that I wanted
to write a story with a lot of strong female characters in it.
- Joan D. Vinge

A good novel editor is invisible.
- Terri Windling

I believe that the short story is as different a form
from the novel as poetry is,
and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer
in spirit to poetry than to novels.
- Tobias Wolff

A scrupulous man will never produce a great novel.
- Julien Green

You would go mad if you began to speculate about the
impact your novel might have while you were still writing it.
- Jonathan Coe

The 'interactive fiction' format hasn't changed in
any fundamental way since the early 1970s,
in the same way that the format of the novel hasn't since 1700.
- Graham Nelson


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