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“I don't act anyway. The stuff is all injected as we go along. My pictures are made without script or written directions of any kind.”
“I believe that you must be madly in love with cinema to create films. You also need a huge cinematic baggage.”
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
“It isn't easy to accept that suffering can also be beautiful...it's difficult. It's something you can only understand if you dig deeply into yourself.”
“I took a round trip around Hollywood because I think it frightened me. I didn’t want to get burned in that glare.”
“I, as a filmmaker, treat my works as I do my own sons or daughters. I don't care if people are fond of them or despise them, as long as I created them with my best intentions and efforts.”
“Martin Scorsese is a huge name! I'm not a huge name. I go into a room full of people and I'm the only person I've not heard of.”
“Even if it's the dream of a voyage, I think it was very important for me that the film offer the two sides of the globe.”
“For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.”
“The proper route to an understanding of the world is an examination of our errors about it.”
“The Muppets transcend all age groups. Their satiric comment on society seems to delight all ages.”
“If I can say one thing for my pictures, it is a certain craftsmanship. A thought which has gone into every angle. There is nothing there without an optical reason.”
“If there are ‘narrative cinema’ elements in my films I don’t want them to take you ‘elsewhere’ but to keep you here watching the film, a construct, an artificiality.”
Edgar G. Ulmer
“I really am looking for absolution for all the things I had to do for money's sake.”
"He has an idea of the world he is trying to apply to the cinema or else… an idea of cinema which he applies to the world." —Jean-Luc Godard
“I've been in love with the movies as long as I can remember.”
Pier Paolo Pasolini
“The mark which has dominated all my work is this longing for life, this sense of exclusion, which doesn't lessen but augments this love of life.”
Manoel de Oliveira
“Standing still is to die; that is the point. The worst thing would be to do nothing, to be scared of acting. It would be a mistake to stand still, to not try something.”
“In Lithuania, I am known as a poet, and they don’t care about my cinema. In Europe they don’t know my poetry; in Europe, I am a filmmaker. But here, in the United States, I am only a maverick!”
“I look for very strong visual unity by using a type of framing and camera movement that is very simple. Everything must come from inside. It mustn’t be superficial. I hate weird camera angles and distorting lenses.”
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