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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.

Author: Hector Babenko


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.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.

Author: Ingmar Bergman (1918)

Profession: Swedish Stage, Film Writer, Director

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.

Author: Robert Bresson (1907)

Profession: French Film Director

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.

Author: Robert Bresson (1907)

Profession: French Film Director

The making of a picture ought surely to be a rather fascinating adventure. It is not; it is an endless contention of tawdry egos, some of them powerful, almost all of them vociferous, and almost none of them capable of anything much more creative than credit-stealing and self-promotion.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

The motion picture is like a picture of a lady in a half-piece bathing suit. If she wore a few more clothes, you might be intrigued. If she wore no clothes at all, you might be shocked. But the way it is, you are occupied with noticing that her knees are too bony and that her toenails are too large. The modern film tries too hard to be real. Its techniques of illusion are so perfect that it requires no contribution form the audience but a mouthful of popcorn.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

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

Author: Serge Daney (1944-1992)

Profession: French Film Critic

Film is more than the twentieth-century art. It's another part of the twentieth-century mind. It's the world seen from inside. We've come to a certain point in the history of film. If a thing can be filmed, the film is implied in the thing itself. This is where we are. The twentieth century is on film. You have to ask yourself if there's anything about us more important than the fact that we're constantly on film, constantly watching ourselves.

Author: Don Delillo (1926)

Profession: American Author

It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, ''They lived happily ever after'' and the following quarter-century warning that they'll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are now entering a third era in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism: You know it just might work.

Author: Nora Ephron (1941)

Profession: American Author, Journalist

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.

Author: Jean-Luc Godard (1930)

Profession: French Filmmaker, Author

The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn't.

Author: Jean-Luc Godard (1930)

Profession: French Filmmaker, Author

As far as the filmmaking process is concerned, stars are essentially worthless -- and absolutely essential.

Author: William Goldman (1931)

Profession: American Author

Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.

Author: Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974)

Profession: American Film Producer, Founder, MGM

We have taken beauty and exchanged it for stilted voices.

Author: David Wark Griffiths (1875-1948)

Profession: American Pioneer Film Director