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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.

Robert Bresson (1901-1999) 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.

Robert Bresson (1901-1999) 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.

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) U.S. writer of detective fiction.

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.

Jean-Luc Godard (1930-?) French filmmaker and author.

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

Jean-Luc Godard (1930-?) French filmmaker and author.


For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) British-born film director.

The cinema, like the detective story, makes it possible to experience without danger all the excitement, passion and desirousness which must be repressed in a humanitarian ordering of life.

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist.

The movies today are too rich to have any room for genuine artists. They produce a few passable craftsmen, but no artists. Can you imagine a Beethoven making $100, 000 a year?

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education.

Will Rogers (1879-1935) American humorist and actor.

In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.