I'm getting a little bored by the juxtaposition of American and other cinema. I no longer think this division is as true as it might have been in the 1980s, or the early part of the 90s.

— Wim Wenders

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Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action.


Take opera for example - to go to the opera you have to dress up in a tuxedo and pay lots of money.


The more opinions you have, the less you see.


My advice is, don't spend money on therapy. Spend it in a record store.


Film is a very, very powerful medium.

It can either confirm the idea that things are wonderful the way they are, or it can reinforce the conception that things can be changed.


Sex and violence was never really my cup of tea; I was always more into sax and violins.


The most political decision you make is where you direct people's eyes.

In other words, what you show people, day in and day out, is political...And the most politically indoctrinating thing you can do to a human being is to show him, every day, that there can be no change.


Pina Bausch's motto was "Dance, otherwise we are lost.

" She really meant it, that dance was her answer to life and to the troubles and to the problems that can arise. That was her way to deal with everything, to dance.


I think seeing happens partly through the eyes, but not entirely.


But I think that the spirit of protectionism would be the grave of European cinema. You cannot protect something by building a fence around it and thinking that this will help it survive.


Final cut is overrated. Only fools keep insisting on always having the final word. The wise swallow their pride in order to get to the best possible cut.


The last adventure left on this planet is creativity because we've been everywhere. There's not much left to explore. But there's a lot of exploration left in the human imagination.


About Wim Wenders

Quotes 66 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Director
Birthday October 16

Everything is entertainment; criticism is now entertainment and it seems that the French directors have woken up one day and suddenly realised that they were not backed up any more.


Filmmakers tell actors to adjust their body language, and the famous presence of the actor is his or her body language. That is what makes them special and a movie star. An actor's capital is his body.


Movies are something people see all over the world because there is a certain need for it.


Whoever came up first with that saying a picture is worth a thousand words didn't understand the first thing about either one.


The Yanks have colonized our subconscious.


Maybe it's the music that enables them to function like that, to always take everything as it comes and never complain about the misery, hardship or injustice.


If anything, I see myself as a witness.

I'd also be pleased, if you'd call me an interpreter. I try to hear and see the message of a place and pass it on, into that other language, the universal one of images.


In this age of consumerism film criticism all over the world - in America first but also in Europe - has become something that caters for the movie industry instead of being a counterbalance.


For us music is mainly part of the entertainment world and is often a luxury.


Of course the French are making very credible movies and it is still one of the greatest nations in terms of world cinema but the real problem is the decay in film criticism.


Many of the critics today get airline tickets, hotel accommodation, bags, beautiful photographs, gifts and other expenses paid by the distributors, and then are supposed to write serious articles about the movie.


Cinema is a worldwide phenomenon.


So I am getting a little bored with defining one type of film as American and the other European or from somewhere else because the division is no longer true.


Filmmakers and critics wrote about each other and sometimes very harshly. This no longer exists.


Ibrahim tells his story without a grain of complaint, and this was true for all of the band members. This is very much part of the Cuban spirit and soul.


The Cuban people have an amazingly strong and unbroken spirit.


On the contrary a film can promote the idea of change without any political message whatsoever but in its form and language can tell people that they can change their lives and contribute to progressive changes in the world.


Many French directors, having now realised there was no more real criticism, that the standards of the past have gone, are very offended about the quality of film criticism.


An image that is unseen can't sell anything.

It is pure, therefore true, beautiful, in one word: innocent. As long as no eye contaminates it, it is in perfect unison with the world. If it is not seen, the image and the object it represents belong together.


To evoke the classic period of Italian cinema in a little film seemed like a great, fun thing to do. I had relations to that period. I had known Fellini and I had known Antonioni. I had made a movie with Antonioni and I had visited Fellini in his studios. So, it seemed like something worthwhile doing. You bring yourself to that mythical cinema.


The culture of independent film criticism has totally gone down the drain and this seems to come with the territory of the consumer age that we are now living in.


The beautiful image today means nothing.

It's worthshit. In fact, it's almost as if it has the opposite effect, becauseyou're just like everything else out there.


It's almost scary how stylish things can look if you take the color out - how much more you see the essence of things and how much more something can appear elegant.


In fact, it is amazing how much European films - Italian, French, German and English - have recovered a certain territory of the audience in their countries over the last few years.


Any movie that has that spirit and says things can be changed is worth making.


I've never been anywhere in my life like it and I only really noticed it when I returned to Los Angeles and then Berlin. Everybody is much better off in these places, there is not poverty like in Cuba, but everybody complains about things.


Photographs put time into such a perspective. They humble us and our selfish memories.


It's very hard to find critics or a magazine today that will publish material that is genuinely independent and written without any concern about being cut off some distributor's list or not be invited or flown into screenings.


If you travel a lot, if you like roaming about in order to lose yourself, you can end up in the strangest places. I think it must be a kind of built-in radar, which often takes me to places that are either peculiarly quiet or peculiar in a quiet sort of way.


It's a great lesson in modesty that you realize you're illiterate in a field that you think you're an expert in.


I remember that even my first impression of Italian cinema was pictures by paparazzi because my mom was reading all of these trash magazines with paparazzo pictures.


Butte was once a grand city. To me, that city is like one big stage for Edward Hopper. You could put your camera anywhere, and you felt you were looking at his paintings.


Every photo, every 'ONCE' in time is also the beginning of a story starting 'once upon a time...' Every photo is the first frame of a movie.


I can't do a million things anymore like I could when I was younger.


Neither Rainer Werner, nor any of us could have succeeded, or produced the number of films that we did, just on our own. We showed our films to each other, discussed them vigorously and rarely agreed.


In the late 1980s the amount of German films was down to four or five percent of the market, and the remaining 95 percent were American. It is now 20 to 30 percent German productions.


The reason I never wrote a novel is that I don't have what it takes to write characters, so they would all be talking differently. I lack that ability. If I were writing, they would all talk like me, and that's no good.

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