"In its iconography, Le Samouraï, like Le Doulos, multiplies Hollywood citations: the line-up at the police station, ‘lifted’ from The Asphalt Jungle, with Jef, like Dix (Sterling Hayden) staring down at police and witnesses, the police station offices, the black-and-white views of American fire escapes through Jef’s (sash) windows. These, however, are not examples of ‘copying’ or ‘reproduction’, as Tavernier and others would have it, but formal elements that are self-consciously reworked in Melville’s original design.” — Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris


"I admire directors like Bergman, Fellini, Buñuel, whose every picture is in some way connected with their private lives, but that’s never been my approach. I’m eclectic. I like to draw on sources other than myself; further, I don’t think of myself as simply, uniquely and forever a director of motion pictures. It is something for which I have a certain talent, and a profession the disciplines of which I have mastered over the years, but I also have a certain talent for other things, and I have worked at those disciplines as well. The idea of devoting myself to a single pursuit in life is unthinkable to me. My interests in boxing, writing, painting, horses have at certain periods of my life been every bit as important as that in directing films."
John HustonAugust 5, 1906 — August 28, 1987

"I admire directors like Bergman, Fellini, Buñuel, whose every picture is in some way connected with their private lives, but that’s never been my approach. I’m eclectic. I like to draw on sources other than myself; further, I don’t think of myself as simply, uniquely and forever a director of motion pictures. It is something for which I have a certain talent, and a profession the disciplines of which I have mastered over the years, but I also have a certain talent for other things, and I have worked at those disciplines as well. The idea of devoting myself to a single pursuit in life is unthinkable to me. My interests in boxing, writing, painting, horses have at certain periods of my life been every bit as important as that in directing films."

John Huston
August 5, 1906 — August 28, 1987

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Peter Lorre, John Huston, and Humphrey Bogart on the set of The Maltese Falcon.

Peter Lorre, John Huston, and Humphrey Bogart on the set of The Maltese Falcon.

"I have great admiration for Fellini and Bergman, who create their own films. But I’m eclectic. I like doing one thing very different from another. I don’t even recognize a style in my work. If there is a style, it’s to adapt myself to the material consistently, and as it changes in each film, so does the style. I see each picture I make as being totally different from any other."
John Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987)

"I have great admiration for Fellini and Bergman, who create their own films. But I’m eclectic. I like doing one thing very different from another. I don’t even recognize a style in my work. If there is a style, it’s to adapt myself to the material consistently, and as it changes in each film, so does the style. I see each picture I make as being totally different from any other."

John Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987)

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If you had to stand or fall on just one of your films, which one would it be?
John Huston: I can’t name just one. I realize that the honors falling on me now are for the cumulative weight of my work. But I especially like The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Man Who Would Be King, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Fat City, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. And I like moments in all my work, whatever the reason I made the picture, including some that I don’t like on the whole. I always shot each scene as if it was the most important scene in the picture and shot every picture as though it was the most important one I ever made.

Polish poster for John Huston’s Moulin Rouge. Art by Lucjan Jagodzinski.

Polish poster for John Huston’s Moulin Rouge. Art by Lucjan Jagodzinski.

John Huston and Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold.

John Huston and Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold.

Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Lionel Barrymore, Lauren Bacall, John Huston, and Humphrey Bogart taking a break during the filming Key Largo.

Lionel Barrymore, Lauren Bacall, John Huston, and Humphrey Bogart taking a break during the filming Key Largo.