The Movie Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained) (2016)

VISIONARIES • 1902–1931

  Labor omnia vincit • A Trip to the Moon

  Out of the cradle endlessly rocking • Intolerance

  I must become Caligari! • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

  What are we waiting for? • Battleship Potemkin

  This song of the Man and his Wife is of no place and every place • Sunrise

  Those who toiled knew nothing of the dreams of those who planned • Metropolis

  If you say what you’re thinking, I’ll strangle you • Steamboat Bill, Jr.

  Has God promised you things? • The Passion of Joan of Arc

  Falling in love again, never wanted to • The Blue Angel

  If I were you, I’d make a bit of a scene • People on Sunday

  Tomorrow the birds will sing • City Lights


  Don’t want to, but must! • M

  Will you marry me? Did he leave you any money? Answer the second question first • Duck Soup

  Don’t be alarmed, ladies and gentlemen, those chains are made of chrome steel • King Kong

  War is declared! Down with monitors and punishment! • Zero de Conduite

  To a new world of gods and monsters! • The Bride of Frankenstein

  Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore • The Wizard of Oz

  Everybody has their reasons • The Rules of the Game

  Tomorrow is another day • Gone with the Wind

  You’re wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way • His Girl Friday

  It isn’t enough to tell us what a man did. You’ve got to tell us who he was • Citizen Kane

  Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine • Casablanca

  How dare you call me a ham? • To Be or Not to Be

  It’s hot in here by the stove • Ossessione

  How singularly innocent I look this morning • Laura

  A kick in the rear, if well delivered, is a sure laugh • Children of Paradise

  Children believe what we tell them • La Belle et la Bête

  This is the universe. Big, isn’t it? • A Matter of Life and Death

  George, remember no man is a failure who has friends • It’s a Wonderful Life

  I mind my own business, I bother nobody, and what do I get? Trouble • The Bicycle Thief

  It is so difficult to make a neat job of killing people with whom one is not on friendly terms • Kind Hearts and Coronets

  The world doesn’t make any heroes outside of your stories • The Third Man

FEAR AND WONDER • 1950–1959

  We all want to forget something, so we tell stories • Rashomon

  I am big. It’s the pictures that got small • Sunset Boulevard

  I have always relied on the kindness of strangers • A Streetcar Named Desire

  It’s a hard world for little things • The Night of the Hunter

  What’s the first thing an actor learns? “The show must go on!” • Singin’ in the Rain

  Let’s go home • Tokyo Story

  When I was a kid, I used to see men go off on these kind of jobs—and not come back • The Wages of Fear

  But if we don’t use your device against Godzilla, what are we going to do? • Godzilla

  Just wait until you see your mother. She’s never looked so radiant • All That Heaven Allows

  I don’t think that I want to learn that way • Rebel Without a Cause

  When I’m better, we’ll go and look at the trains again • Pather Panchali

  Get me to that bus stop and forget you ever saw me • Kiss Me Deadly

  That’ll be the day • The Searchers

  I have long walked by your side • The Seventh Seal

  If I do what you tell me, will you love me? • Vertigo

  What did you do during the uprising? • Ashes and Diamonds

  Well, nobody’s perfect • Some Like It Hot

  Your parents say you’re always lying • The 400 Blows

REBEL REBEL • 1960–1974

  You are the first woman on the first day of creation • La Dolce Vita

  Don’t use the brakes. Cars are made to go, not to stop • À bout de souffle

  That’s what all these loony laws are for, to be broken by blokes like us • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

  I have never stayed so long anywhere • Last Year at Marienbad

  This is the story of a man marked by an image from his childhood • La jetée

  Guy, I love you. You smell of gasoline • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

  There’s gold in the sea beyond • Black God, White Devil

  Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room! • Dr. Strangelove

  I can’t seem to stop singing wherever I am • The Sound of Music

  It’s difficult to start a revolution • The Battle of Algiers

  Who wants to be an angel? • Chelsea Girls

  Let’s see the sights! • Playtime

  This here’s Miss Bonnie Parker. I’m Clyde Barrow. We rob banks • Bonnie and Clyde

  I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that • 2001: A Space Odyssey

  We’re gonna stick together, just like it used to be • The Wild Bunch

  They see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em • Easy Rider

  Are you fond of meat? • Le Boucher

  Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me • The Godfather

  That man is a head taller than me. That may change • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

  The guests are here, sir • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

  Did you really see her? • Don’t Look Now

  You can talk to him whenever you want. Just close your eyes and call him • The Spirit of the Beehive

  You know what happens to nosy fellows? • Chinatown

  And we’ll buy ourselves a little piece of heaven • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul


  You’re gonna need a bigger boat • Jaws

  There’s some questions got answers and some haven’t • Picnic at Hanging Rock

  Someday a real rain will come • Taxi Driver

  I lurve you, you know? I loave you. I luff you. Two ‘F’s • Annie Hall

  The Force is strong with this one • Star Wars

  You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? • Alien

  It’s so quiet out here. It is the quietest place in the world • Stalker

  You have to have good men. Good men, all of them • Das Boot

  I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe • Blade Runner

  I can’t figure out if you’re a detective or a pervert • Blue Velvet

  Why am I me, and why not you? • Wings of Desire

  I thought this only happened in the movies • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

  Being happy isn’t all that great • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

  Today’s temperature’s gonna rise up over 100 degrees • Do the Right Thing

  She has the face of Buddha and the heart of a scorpion • Raise the Red Lantern


  The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men • Pulp Fiction

  I feel something important is happening around me. And it scares me • Three Colors: Red

  Get busy living, or get busy dying • The Shawshank Redemption

  To infinity, and beyond! • Toy Story

  It’s not how you fall that matters. It’s how you land • La Haine

  I’m not sure I agree with you one hundred percent on your police work there, Lou • Fargo

  We’ve all lost our children • The Sweet Hereafter

  I miss my father • Central Station

  Here’s to the man who killed my sister • Festen

  Everyone’s fear takes on a life of its own • Ringu

  A sword by itself rules nothing. It only comes alive in skilled hands • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  You don’t remember your name? • Spirited Away

  I like to look for things no-one else catches • Amélie

  What an extraordinary stance! • Lagaan

  It all began with the forging of the Great Rings • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  You need more than guts to be a good gangster. You need ideas • City of God

  Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone • Oldboy

  You don’t know me, but I know you • The Lives of Others

  You’ll see that life isn’t like fairy tales • Pan’s Labyrinth

  This is our destiny • Slumdog Millionaire

  This box is full of stuff that almost killed me • The Hurt Locker

  If I die, what a beautiful death! • Man on Wire

  I’d like to ask you something, Father • The White Ribbon

  Everyone pays for the things they do • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

  So, what do you like about being up here? • Gravity

  We’re all just winging it • Boyhood