“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
Greg Mottola’s Top 10
Greg Mottola has directed the feature films The Daytrippers, Superbad, Adventureland, and Paul, as well as episodes of the Judd Apatow TV series Undeclared, Arrested Development, and HBO’s The Comeback.
Oren Moverman’s Top 10
Like any top ten list in any discipline by anyone privileged enough to be asked to catalog his professional indulgences for public viewing, the following list is deeply meaningful and truly meaningless.
Megan Abbott’s Top 10
Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of seven novels, including Dare Me and The Fever. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal.
Jane Campion’s Top 10
In honor of her introduction to the collection, with An Angel at My Table, we asked director Jane Campion to contribute a list of Criterion films that are on her mind at the moment. Campion’s debut feature, Sweetie, is also available from Criterion…