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Federico Fellini FEDERICO FELLINI 1920-1993; Italian film director
1 Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can’t teach old fleas new dogs. Atlantic Monthly, December 1965
2 I always direct the same film: I can’t distinguish one of them from another. • January 1977
  PEG/PEGGY FENWICK American screenwriter
All you have to do is turn that dial and you have all the company you want. Right there on the screen. Drama, comedy, life's parade at your fingertips. • spoken by a television salesman to Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) in All That Heaven Allows, 1955
  GERHARDT FIEBER Chief animator at Nazi-backed Deutsche Zeichenfilm
We studied the Disney films for their dynamics—how they moved and ran. Therefore, thanks to the Americans, we were able to do in a few months what it had taken them 20 years to perfect. • cit. The Sunday Times, 2 May 1999
Albert Finney ALBERT FINNEY 1936- ; British actor
It seems to me a long way to go just to sit in a non-drinking, non-smoking environment on the off chance your name is called. ... It's as if you are entered into a race you don't particularly want to run in. All the hoops you have to jump through on these occasions: it's not my favourite occupation. Walking around in the spotlight having to be me is not something I'm particularly comfortable with or desire. I'd sooner pretend to be someone else. • On attendance at the Academy Awards ceremony, quoted from American newspapers in The Times, 24 March 2001, the day before his fifth 'best actor' Oscar nomination.
Ronald Firbank RONALD FIRBANK 1886-1926; British novelist
‘She reads at such a pace,’ she complained, ‘and when I asked where she had learned to read so quickly she replied, "on the screens in cinemas".’ The Flower Beneath the Foot, 1923
John Fithian JOHN FITHIAN 1963-; President, National Association of Theatre Owners (US) 2000-
Obviously the VCR did not doom the film industry, just as the earlier and even greater peril of television did not doom the film industry.
        The cinema industry never believed that either of these technological tidal waves would doom our part of the industry. We simply saw them as new ways to bring more films to more people, and thus to enhance the overall popularity of and demand for films—following, however, the critical distribution pattern of sequential release that has made the film industry so profitable and popular all over the world.
• Quoted on BBC News website page 'Digital film: Industry answers', 9 February 2006.
History tells a different story: cf Jack Valenti 3,4; Robert Camplin, Kenneth Maidment
F Scott Fitzgerald F SCOTT FITZGERALD 1896-1940; American writer
1 Culture follows money. • letter to Edmund Wilson, May 1921
2 You can take Hollywood for granted like I did, or you can dismiss it with the contempt we reserve for what we don’t understand. It can be understood too, but only dimly and in flashes. Not half a dozen men have ever been able to keep the whole equation of pictures in their heads. The Last Tycoon, unfinished at his death
Robert Flaherty ROBERT J FLAHERTY 1884-1951; American documentary film-maker
People never get tired of seeing a horse gallop across the plains. • cit Rosenheimer: ‘They make documentaries...’ in Film News, vol.7 no.6, April 1946
Bryan Forbes BRYAN FORBES John Theobald Clarke
1926- ; British film producer/writer/director
1 You can’t make films as a product, in a detached, unemotional way. If you treat them like the manufacturing of boots and shoes, that’s why you end up with Hush Puppies. • April 1977
2 Our industry is a mixture of greed and incompetence—with greed uppermost. A Marriage of Convenience (Richard Attenborough film for BBC), 1986
ANNA FORD 1943- ; broadcaster
1 Let’s face it, there are no plain women on television. • quoted in The Observer, 23 September 1979
2 There are more than 16 million people in this country over the age of 55 and how many presenters do you know on television over 60? I don’t think the BBC is intent on making programmes for them. They’re catered for on Radio 4, but not on screen. • quoted in The Sun, 28 August 2007
Denis Forman Sir DENIS FORMAN 1917- ; director, British Film Institute 1949-1955, managing director then chairman (1974-1984) Granada Television, deputy chairman Granada Group 1984-1990
A considerable amount of television is good, very little is great. ... A great deal of British television is not as good as it should be. • 1973
Milos Forman MILOS FORMAN 1932- ; Czech-born film director
It sounds ridiculous but it's not. I'm convinced the Beatles are partly responsible for the fall of Communism. The Beatles Revolution, ABC Television documentary, November 2000
See also Go to Yuri Pelyoshonok Yuri Pelyoshonok
Professor G CAREY FOSTER FRS 1835-1918; Professor of Physics, University College, London 1865-90, Principal 1900-1904
It seemed as if the only thing left to be done was to increase the intensity of the effects, so that a whole room should be able to listen to the sounds produced. • 1876, following demonstration of telephony by Alexander Graham Bell to Society of Arts, London
  MARK FOWLER Chairman, US Federal Communication Commission 1981-1987
1You are not my flock, I am not your shepherd. • 23 September 1981, reflecting deregulation policy of US broadcasting in the early 1980s; Variety, 13 January 1992
2 It's time to move away from thinking of broadcasters as trustees and time to treat them the way that everyone else in this society does, that is, as a business. Television is just another appliance. It's a toaster with pictures. Let the people decide through the marketplace mechanisms what they wish to see and hear. Why is there this national obsession to tamper with this box of transistors and tubes when we don't do the same for Time magazine? • Interview in Reason magazine, 1 November 1981
3 The perception of broadcasters as community trustees should be replaced by a view of broadcasters as marketplace participants. • Source unknown
W H Fox Talbot WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT 1800-1877; British pioneer of photography
The idea occurred to me ... how charming it would be if it were possible to cause these natural images to imprint themselves durably, and remain fixed upon the paper! • after using the camera obscura for sketching, 1833
Robert Fraser Sir ROBERT FRASER 1904-1985; Director General, Independent Television Authority 1954-1970
1 Come Thursday night, the BBC monopoly is over, and an era of broadcasting that has lasted for nearly 30 years is behind us. Only a very silly person on the ITV side of the fence would be jaunty about this. ... I have never had any patience with the people who said the new programmes would be bad themselves, and also make the BBC bad, because the two programmes would put too great a strain on the nation’s talent. In the nature of things, a monopoly leaves an immense amount of talent unused. It is television on one cylinder. Now you can begin to hear the others firing. Daily Mail, Tuesday 20 September 1955
2 Television programmes should not reflect an unrelated succession of advertising decisions, but the coherent policy and outlook of a group of people conscious that what they have in their hands is a social responsibility, a life-changing force for the direction of which they are responsible. Financial Times, 21 September 1955, the day before the start of ITV
3 Television should be kept in its proper place—beside us, before us, but never between us and the larger life. Look, 18 February 1958
4 If you decide to have a system of people’s television, then people’s television you must expect it to be, and it will reflect their likes and dislikes, their tastes and aversions, what they can comprehend and what is beyond them. It is not really television with which they are dissatisfied. It is with people. • Speech to the Manchester Luncheon Club, 17 May 1960
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Fred W Friendly FRED W FRIENDLY Ferdinand Wachenheimer
1915-1998; American broadcasting producer, President CBS News 1964-1966
1 A medium capable of doing this could provide reporters with a new weapon in journalism. We hoped we would never abuse it. • of the first See It Now programme with Edward R Murrow, 18 November 1951, in which both New York’s Brooklyn Bridge and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge were shown in split-screen, the first time both US coasts were seen live simultaneously
2 Television is bigger than any story it reports. It’s the greatest teaching tool since the printing press. It will determine nothing less than what kind of people we are. • quoted in The Times obituary, 6 March 1998
3 Because television can make so much money doing its worst, it often cannot afford to do its best. • 1966, on resigning as President of CBS News when the network, under advertiser pressure, preferred to show a fifth re-run of an episode of I Love Lucy rather than live coverage of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation of US involvement in Vietnam
4 Television makes so much at its worst that it can’t afford to do its best. • quoted in US News and World Report, 12 June 1967, after his appointment as Professor of Broadcast Journalism, Columbia University, New York
Max Frisch MAX FRISCH 1911-1991; Swiss author and playwright
Technology ... the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it. • cit. D J Boorstin: The Image
William Friese-Greene WILLIAM FRIESE-GREENE 1855-1921; British photographer and cinema pioneer
Movement is life. Moving pictures will satisfy something deep inside all the people in the world. • 1889, the year of his master patent for cinematography
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David Frost Sir DAVID FROST 1939-; British television presenter and executive
Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home. • source unknown
Peter Funt PETER FUNT Host of 'Candid Camera' on US television
It breaks my heart to find myself within the cesspool of reality TV shows. • quoted in New York Times, 8 January 2003
  GEORGE FYFE  
The housewife will naturally order all her goods by the aid of the new method. When she telephones the butcher, she will be able to see what sort of chops he has to offer that morning. ... ‘Shop by television’ will be the new motto at the big stores. At the cinema theatres, big events will be shown as they are happening all over the world, with additional thrills in between. The Radio Times, June 1924—ie: before Baird’s first demonstration
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