Abraham Polonsky

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To love one child and to love all children, whether living or dead—somewhere these two loves come together. To love a no-good but humble punk and to love an honest man who believes himself to be an honest man—somewhere these, too, come together.
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Abraham Lincoln Polonsky (December 5, 1910 - October 26, 1999) was an American novelist, screenwriter and film director. In the late 1930s he joined the American Communist Party, and was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s.


  • First of all, directing is an idea that you have of a total flow of images that are going on, which are incidentally actors, words, and objects in space. It's an idea you have of yourself, like the idea you have of your own personality which finds its best representation in the world in terms of specific flows of imaginary images. That's what directing is.
    • as quoted in Directing the Film, Ed Sherman, 1976.
  • What are you gonna do? Kill me? Everybody dies.
  • What do you mean "gangsters"? It's business.


  • I went out and got a book on reproductions of Hopper's paintings — Third Avenue, cafeterias, all that back-lighting, and those empty streets. Even when people are there, you don't see them; somehow the environments dominate the people... I said 'This is kind of what I want.' 'Oh that!' He knew right away what 'that' was, and we had it all through the film.


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