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Bruce Beresford Quotes

So I said to the production company, 'what are we going to Canada for if we're not going to use local actors?' And they said to me - and this was something that I was unaware of - 'the accent is different.' And I said, being from Australia, 'what a load of nonsense.' But after I had been here for a few weeks I realized that this was indeed true, the accent is different.
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#Canada

He's wrong. That's why his films look so terrible.
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#Australian Director #Films

I have written a lot of films that didn't get made for one reason or another and I have one called The Women in Black that I hope will get made next year. And there were others that got made that I wrote under different names, I always think that better directors write the scripts because if you can't write, and you don't have anything to say, then what's the point of making films?
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#Reason

We had a lot of trouble with that third role because I said to the studio that it was important to get someone who was, on the one hand, a wonderful actor, and, on the other hand was not well known, because if you had simply hired an actor like one of the Baldwin brothers or someone like that the audience would have known that they were too big a star to be killed off and not come back.
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#Trouble

My feeling is that while we are constructing a show you need not be a boxing fan to enjoy, it will reintroduce millions of people to boxing,
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#Boxing

Antonio is very focused, very well-prepared, he has thought about it a lot, read about it a lot. And he is a very agreeable sort of guy to work with.
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#Australian Director

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

Directing an opera is similar to directing a play. The singing must not get in the way of the drama.
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#Australian Director

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.
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#Australian Director

Film is shot in fragments, and the same moments can be shot again and again until the director is satisfied.
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#Australian Director

For a director, the most challenging scenes are the dialogue scenes.
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#Australian Director

I didn't get upset because I wasn't nominated, but I was a little surprised.
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#Australian Director

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.
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#Australian Director

I said we should really use an unknown in King David because any actor that you use for such a famous figure, you're going to get a laugh.
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#Australian Director

I'd really been interested in opera when I was about 16, and I really like staging them.
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#Australian Director

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.
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#Australian Director

In my view, the operas of Carlisle Floyd will find a place in the permanent repertoire.
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#Australian Director

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.
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#Australian Director

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.
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#Australian Director

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.
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#Australian Director

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.
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#Australian Director

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.
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#Australian Director

Perhaps the most difficult thing is shooting scenes set 6,000 feet up in the mountains of Mexico.
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#Australian Director

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

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.
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#Australian Director

The music of the most popular operas is so highly esteemed, it can stand endless revivals.
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#Australian Director

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.
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#Australian Director

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.
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#Australian Director

There's a bright spot in every dark cloud.
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#Australian Director