If you can't believe a little in what you see on the screen, it's not worth wasting your time on cinema.

— Serge Daney

The most practical Serge Daney quotes that are little-known but priceless

The personal appropriation of clich?s is a condition for the spread of cultural tourism.


In an age of synthetic images and synthetic emotions, the chances of an accidental encounter with reality are remote indeed.


Garrel has succeeded in filming something we have never seen before: the faces of actors in silent films during those moments when the black intertitles, with their paltry, illuminated words, filled the screen.


According to U.S. strategy, if you never see the other, his destruction will be more acceptableso that when Iraqi soldiers surrendered, sooner than expected, it was as if they emerged from a dream, a flash-back, a lost epoch--an epoch when the enemy still had a body and was still "like us.


Television is a formidable thinking tool.

You are like an analyst to whom society's subconscious would be offered wide open.


The media no longer ask those who know something to share that knowledge with the public. Instead they ask those who know nothing to represent the ignorance of the public and, in so doing, to legitimate it.


Inasmuch as it's a culture, cinema is the only thing at our disposal with which we can recognize ourselves in today's images. As an instrument it's inevitably inadequate, but it's the only one.


A cinephile is someone who expects too much of cinema.