One of the reasons sort of music and things fantastically loud is ’cause you get so many people who sort of turn deaf ears to what you do. You know what I mean? They sort of just won’t listen to what you do. And it doesn’t matter how good or bad it is. In fact, the bigger it is, normally, the more they’ll close their ears to it. So the louder you gotta — you gotta work, you know.
Volume is a fantastic thing. Power and volume. Power and volume.
– Pete Townshend
The scene in Billy Wilder’s Stalag 17 when the fellow prisoners of Barracks Four open up Sefton’s foot locker. Among the goodies are a couple of Leica III’s (with collapsible Elmars) mounted on the inside of the box’s lid.
Identification of the bodies and lenses comes from the invaluable geek resource, Andrew Nemeth’s Leica FAQ
People copy, people steal. Most of the pictures they make nowadays are loaded down with special effects. I couldn’t do that. I quit smoking because I couldn’t reload my Zippo.
Award presenters Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly waiting backstage at the RKO Pantages Theatre, during the 28th Annual Academy Awards, Life Magazine, March 21, 1956.
Having always loved the circus, I saw the resemblance between movies and the circus. As a boy, my greatest dream would have been to be the director of a circus. I love the fantasy and the sense of improvisation in both.
When I arrived for my first movie, I couldn’t speak a word [of Italian]. I thought I was on the moon. I couldn’t understand what they were talking about. And I was speaking in French; in fact I was dubbed. And Federico Fellini was the first one who used my voice. I think I had a very strange voice.
Jack Nicholson using a Leica III/A and VIDOM finder in Chinatown.
Each time I see any of my movies, there are plenty of things that I would like to change. It doesn’t mean that the movie would be any better. For example, when Gittes is photographing on the roof, the couple downstairs, and I wanted to see the reflection of it in the lens of his Leica. I was hesitating a lot and discussing it, which way to put it, put it upside down or the way it is, in the lens normally it should reflect upside down. And I thought for the audience’s sake, we won’t put it upside down. Today, I would definitely put it upside down.
Lily Braden: What’s the story on that dog?
Reggie Dunlop: That’s the dog that saved Charleston from the 1938 flood.
Lily Braden: Well fuck him.
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