Films can only be made by by-passing the will of those who appear in them, using not what they do, but what they are.
I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
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.
For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
I've tried like hell to make bad movies good, and I can't.
Maybe Marlon Brando has been able to do that at times. But even he has a hard time making The Appaloosa a good movie.
My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave.
It's hard to make a cultural phenomenon every time.
The greatest films are those which show how society shapes man.
The greatest plays are those which show how man shapes society.
It is really important that young people find something that they want to do and pursue it with passion. I'm very passionate about filmmaking. It's what I love to do.
We are here predominantly to support independent filmmakers and their needs.
We are also here to assist people actually in their production, non-commercial people in their production.
We probably do not have a large enough industry here to ably support the independent filmmaker to move in and out. Much of the industry is based on full-time jobs here, institutionalised jobs.
I'd have been a filmmaker or a cartoonist or something else which extended from the visual arts into the making of narratives if I hadn't been able to shift into fiction.
Curiosity doesn't matter any more. These days people don't want to be transported to emotional territories where they don't know how to react.
The people are unreal. The flowers are unreal, they don't smell. The food is unreal, it doesn't taste of anything. The whole place is a glaring, gaudy, nightmarish set, built up in the desert.
What is saved in the cinema when it achieves art is a spontaneous continuity with all mankind. It is not an art of the princes or the bourgeoisie. It is popular and vagrant. In the sky of the cinema people learn what they might have been and discover what belongs to them apart from their single lives.
Film as dream, film as music. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul. A little twitch in our optic nerve, a shock effect: twenty-four illuminated frames a second, darkness in between, the optic nerve incapable of registering darkness.
My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper;
is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.