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Bruce Beresford Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Bruce Beresford.

It is essential to do everything possible to attract
young people to opera so they can see that it is not
some antiquated art form but a repository of the most
glorious music and drama that man has created.
- Bruce Beresford

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He's wrong.
That's why his films look so terrible.
- Bruce Beresford

I didn't get upset because I wasn't nominated,
but I was a little surprised.
- Bruce Beresford

There's a bright spot in every dark cloud.
- Bruce Beresford

 

For a director, the most challenging scenes are the dialogue scenes.
- Bruce Beresford

I don't rehearse films as much as opera or theatre.
When I began directing films I thought a long rehearsal was a good idea.
Experience showed me that the best performance was
often left in a rehearsal room.
- Bruce Beresford

Perhaps the most difficult thing is shooting scenes
set 6,000 feet up in the mountains of Mexico.
- Bruce Beresford

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When I was 24 I went to Nigeria and it was such a culture shock,
growing up in Australia and suddenly being the only
white man in this unit full of black men.
- Bruce Beresford

It's not enough to hit the notes.
There is no point in the singers just standing there
and sounding wonderful if they're not connecting with
the characters they are portraying.
- Bruce Beresford

In silent movies, they tended to put the camera down,
and everybody walked in front of it and acted,
and then they all walked off.
Cutting was quite infrequent.
- Bruce Beresford

With Cold Sassy Tree having its first production,
I saw no necessity to do anything other than produce
it with the correct setting.
- Bruce Beresford

At HBO, they seem to be well-informed.
They make what I think are really quite mature films.
- Bruce Beresford

In opera, everyone's watching from a fixed viewpoint,
and that really challenges you.
Lighting, the sets, stage groupings,
the music-but doesn't relate too much to film.
- Bruce Beresford

There were movies that always made me want to be a director.
You see brilliant scenes and the way the emotions were handled.
I thought, I'd really like to do that.
- Bruce Beresford

I'd really been interested in opera when I was about 16,
and I really like staging them.
- Bruce Beresford

In Australia, they set up a special fund to kick films off.
It was quite an enlightened sort of move.
You could go to this government bureau with scripts
and and get finance for films.
- Bruce Beresford

Everyone has seen photographs of Mexicans wearing those big sombreros.
When you come to Mexico, the astonishing thing is,
nobody wears these hats at all.
- Bruce Beresford

Quite a few operas are still being commissioned around the world,
although nothing apart from audience popularity can
ensure more than a few performances.
- Bruce Beresford

In my view, the operas of Carlisle Floyd will find
a place in the permanent repertoire.
- Bruce Beresford

On stage, the audience watches from a fixed viewpoint
and the director cannot retake something he doesn't like.
It has to work straight through.
- Bruce Beresford

Film is shot in fragments, and the same moments can
be shot again and again until the director is satisfied.
- Bruce Beresford

When we were trying to get the money for Driving Miss Daisy,
everyone kept saying no one could direct it well enough
to entertain an audience for 100 minutes essentially
watching three people chatting in the kitchen.
- Bruce Beresford

With a film, I do my best to understand the author's
intentions and try to bring the characters to life.
- Bruce Beresford

When the music and the characters are flawlessly synchronized,
the opera develops an emotional force that movies and plays cannot match.
- Bruce Beresford

Tender Mercies is a very low-budget film,
but it was a huge budget compared to anything I had done in Australia.
My fee for Tender Mercies was something like five times
all of my Australian films combined.
- Bruce Beresford

The music of the most popular operas is so highly esteemed,
it can stand endless revivals.
- Bruce Beresford

Directing an opera is similar to directing a play.
The singing must not get in the way of the drama.
- Bruce Beresford

The number of opera houses around the world and the
high attendance rates show that opera an art form that
is more popular than ever.
- Bruce Beresford

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It's essential to tell the truth at all times.
This will reduce life's pain.
Lying distorts reality.
All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.
- John Bradshaw

Pay It Forward.
Gift future generations in proportion to your gratitude.
The nature of life is that we pay forward
our biological creation and nurture.
Our parents gift us with life and nurture,
and we gift our children with life and nurture.
While this much is essential to continued human existence,
choose to take "pay it forward" farther - much farther.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks,
that we concentrate only
on what is most significant and important.
- Soren Kierkegaard

They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We try to realize the essential unity of the world
with the conscious soul of man;
we learn to perceive the unity held together
by the one Eternal Spirit,
whose power creates the earth, the sky, and the stars,
and at the same time irradiates our mind.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us
and what will be here a long time after we're gone.
- William J. Clinton

Change is the essential process of all existence.
- Spock character in Star Trek

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

No partner in a love relationship...
should feel that he has to give up
an essential part of himself to make it viable.
- May Sarton

Seriousness is a sickness; your sense of humor
makes you more human, more humble.
The sense of humor - according to me -
is one of the most essential parts of religiousness.
- Osho

The family is the first essential cell of human society.
- Pope John XXIII

A safe and nutritionally adequate diet is a basic individual
right and an essential condition for sustainable development,
especially in developing countries.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who
make a living from the land and for those of us who
use them for recreational purposes.
- Cathy McMorris

A desire to be in charge of our own lives,
a need for control, is born in each of us.
It is essential to our mental health,
and our success, that we take control.
- Robert Foster Bennett

I am more convinced than ever that a lively two party
system is essential to our democracy.
- Stockwell Day

And it is essential that in fighting terrorism,
sacrifices should not be made on democracy.
- Bulent Ecevit

The essential quality of an animal is that it seeks its own living,
whereas a vegetable has its living brought to it.
- Henry Mayhew

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also
the foundation of courage and true progress.
- Nicholas M. Butler

The essential is to excite the spectators.
If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium,
you do it.
- Orson Welles

Imagination is as vital to any advance in science as
learning and precision are essential for starting points.
- Percival Lowell

It is essential to an architect to know how to see:
I mean to see in such a way that the vision is not
overpowered by rational analysis.
- Luis Barragan

Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the
essential process by which that intellect is cultivated
beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.
- Charles Scribner, Jr.

A lot of people criticize the primaries,
but I think they are absolutely essential to the education
of the President of the United States.
- Pierre Salinger

The essential ingredient of politics is timing.
- Pierre Trudeau

The essential support and encouragement comes from within,
arising out of the mad notion that your society needs
to know what only you can tell it.
- John Updike

The books I loved in childhood - the first loves -
I've read so often that I've internalized them in some really essential way:
they are more inside me now than out.
- Donna Tartt

Direct access to sea is an essential part of foreign policy.
- Carlos Mesa

In quiet moments when you think about it,
you recognize what is critically important in life and what isn't.
Be wise and don't let good things crowd out those that are essential.
- Richard G. Scott

The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism
is essential to democracy.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

We've already recognized that it is absolutely essential
for British children to learn other languages and we
will be working hard to put further strategies in place to ensure this.
- John Whitehead

Special effects are characters.
Special effects are essential elements.
Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they aren't there.
- Laurence Fishburne

And just because God attains and wins and finds this uniqueness,
all our lives win in our union with him the individuality
which is essential to their true meaning.
- Josiah Royce

A diplomatic peace is not yet the real peace.
It is an essential step in the peace process leading towards a real peace.
- Yitzhak Rabin

To be a philosophical sceptic is, in a man of letters,
the first and most essential to being a sound,
believing Christian.
- David Hume

Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
- Will Cuppy

Needless, heedless, wanton and deliberate injury of
the sort inflicted by Life's picture story is not an
essential instrument of responsible journalism.
- Abe Fortas

Solitude, though it may be silent as light,
is like light, the mightiest of agencies;
for solitude is essential to man.
All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.
- Thomas de Quincey

What is thematically posited is only what is given,
by pure reflection, with all its immanent essential
moments absolutely as it is given to pure reflection.
- Edmund Husserl

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part;
the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
- Pierre de Coubertin

We recognize that the arts are an essential part of
San Francisco's cultural vitality.
- Gavin Newsom

Mere parsimony is not economy.
Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
- Edmund Burke


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