conversations at the american film institute with the great moviemakers


Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen in On The Town (1949)

There was nothing the censors could put their fingers on. The red color, the girl in black and the sailor in white were very sensuous. The moves were sensuous. Yet I never laid a glove on her. There was nothing the censors could say. If they did, I could have said, “What? Do you have a dirty mind?" - Gene Kelly, Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age at the American Film Institute

I’ve always thought that making a film is fun only when you feel that what you’re doing is sort of a crime. What you’re saying is, “Nobody knows what we’re really doing.” Jean Renoir once said that when you’re making a picture you should have conspirators around you, as opposed to associates.
—  Peter Bogdanovich