Going to the cinema is like returning to the womb; you sit there, still and meditative in the darkness, waiting for life to appear on the screen.
If I’m a cruel satirist at least I’m not a hyprocrite: I never judge what other people do. Neither a politician nor a priest, I never censor what others do. Neither a philospher nor a psychiatrist, I never bother trying to analyze or resolve my fears and neuroses.
Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real.
When I do things without any explanation, but just with spontaneity … I can be sure that I am right.
A different language is a different vision of life.
What is an artist? A provincial who finds himself somewhere between a physical reality and a metaphysical one. It’s this in-between…this frontier country between the tangible world and the intangible one—which is really the realm of the artist.
Topics: The Artist
All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.
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.
Every time I start a picture … I feel the same fear, the same self-doubts … and I have only one source on which I can draw, because it comes from within me.
Topics: Anxiety, Confidence, Fear, Self-reliance
Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.
Censorship is advertising paid by the government.
You see me in my most virile moment when you see me doing what I do. When I am directing, a special energy comes upon me … It is only when I am doing my work that I feel truly alive. It is like having sex.
Topics: Abilities, Enthusiasm, Energy, Work, Talents
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