“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” —George Bernard Shaw
“No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.” —Harry Houdini
The Third Man
“Why is it there are so many more horses’ asses than there are horses?” —G. Gordon Liddy
Down by Law
“I’m afraid we live at the mercy of a power, maybe a God, without mercy. And yet we find it, as I have, from others.” —Philip Levine
By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume One
“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” —Truman Capote
“The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.” —William Faulkner
The Battle of Algiers
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” —Mark Twain
A Woman Under the Influence
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end.” —Gilda Radner
Burden of Dreams
“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” —Woody Allen
“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein
Johnnie To’s Top 10
Prolific Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To has directed more than forty films, including Election, Exiled, and Mad Detective. His latest, Vengeance, is currently in some North American theaters, from IFC Films.
Mike Allred’s Top 10
Comic-book rock star Mike Allred is best known as the creator of _Madman, Red Rocket 7,_ and _The Atomics._ He may also be familiar to Criterion viewers from his illustrations for Seduced and Abandoned and Chasing Amy.
Keith Gordon’s Top 10
Filmmaker Keith Gordon has directed the features The Chocolate War (1988), A Midnight Clear (1992), Mother Night (1996), Waking the Dead (2000), and The Singing Detective (2003).