Quotation by Orson Welles

The director is simply the audience. So the terrible burden of the director is to take the place of that yawning vacuum, to be the audience and to select from what happens during the day which movement shall be a disaster and which a gala night. His job is to preside over accidents.
Orson Welles (1915–1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. speech, Nov. 4, 1985, at Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Frank Brady, Citizen Welles, ch. 21 (1989).

Broadcast at the memorial service for Welles in Los Angeles.
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