Robert Benton Quotes


Movies without meaningful dialogue play well all over the world. The Apostle is probably the best movie of the year but it won't do squat in Korea.

Beauty doesn't have anything to do with prettiness. Beauty has to do with something else; it gets into an area where words can't go.

The thing I loved the most about being art director was picking the photographers and working with them.

Twilight is about getting older and relationships - not about a murder mystery. It's about love when you reach a certain age; nothing is in primary colors.

Style is a way of talking about yourself.

I'd like to know what law is it that says that a woman is a better parent simply by virtue of her sex.

New York was big enough and wide enough that it allowed for reasonably eccentric people like me to thrive. It was a perfect place for me.

Everybody thought New York was this hard cruel place and I found it to be an extraordinarily wonderful place filled with the most interesting people.

Taste has nothing to do with style.

I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was. I was called 'slow'. It's an awful feeling to think of yourself as 'slow' - it's horrible.

I couldn't sit down and write a novel or a short story - even now - because of my dyslexia. But I learned narration through movies.

Every since high school I've been drawn to magazines.

Movie narration in the forties was radically different than the narrative involved in books.

People who go for humor are wonderful because they do great humor. People who go for wit and end up with humor are people who have made a mistake.

Style is the most ephemeral thing I know. It's not about how effective you are it's about how you are effective.

Style lasts forever and taste doesn't.

Although I had a few jobs that I didn't like or quit or got fired from I really loved New York from the moment I got here and I never stopped.

It's interesting that there are places that words can't get to.

Having one perfect thing was less important than having a range of ideas realizing they were all taking you in a certain direction.

Sometimes other people have better ideas.

My education was an education by movies.

The greatest style is when you can't see the style though you walk away knowing it was there. It's like a perfume - there but not there.

Style and taste do not have anything to do with the other. It's the difference between wit and humor.