Great quotes #1: Astute auteurs articulate aper├žus…

…if only to counter that preceding post’s vacuities…

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”

–Alfred Hitchcock, Picture Parade, 1960.7.5

“Practice the precept: find without seeking.”

–Robert Bresson

“I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.”

–Stanley Kubrick

“[T]here was always a conflict between my policy of not being too emotional and being true to the fact, without being cold and not reaching the audience. […] I have always insisted that I would never tell lies in my movies, to only tell the truth. This is a big principle for me.”

–Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director Shohei Imamura speaks to the World Socialist Web Site, 2000.9.19

“I think that high art reposes on popular art; without one there cannot be the other.”

–Eric Rohmer

“The function of the flashback is Freudian. […] The Americans had been using it in a very closed way, too rigorously and literally. This was a mistake; you have to let it wander like the imagination, or like a dream.”

–Sergio Leone

“Before, you dealt with the studio. It had one or two persons and now you have masses of executives who have to justify their existence and write so-called “creative notes” and have creative meetings. They obsess about the word creative probably because they aren’t.”

–Roman Polanski interviewed by Taylor Montague

“When I make a film, I never stop uncovering mysteries, making discoveries. When I’m writing, filming, editing, even doing promotional work, I discover new things about the film, about myself, and about others. That is what I’m subconsciously looking for when shooting a film: to glimpse the enigmas of life, even if I don’t resolve them, but at least to uncover them. Cinema is curiosity in the most intense meaning of the word.”

–Pedro Almodovar

“We can see loss as something missing, but that missing space can be filled with something else, and that creates healing.”

–Hirokazu Kore-eda

“I hate even the idea of a synopsis. When stories are really working, when you’re providing subtextual exploration and things that are deeply layered, you’re obligated to not say things out loud.”

–Shane Carruth

Stupid Quotes #1: Cinematic hacks spout inanity…

…as a chick lays eggs…

“I love almost all of Stanley Kubrick, there’s almost no Stanley Kubrick I don’t love. I love Lolita, I love Dr. Strangelove. I love A Clockwork Orange, obviously. I even like a lot of Barry Lyndon (laughs). And early stuff, like The Killing and Paths of Glory. […] It’s ridiculous. Look, he made the best comedy ever, he may have made one of the best science fiction movies ever, he made the best horror movie ever. I couldn’t watch the end of The Shining. I went through half The Shining for years before I could finish, because I’m a writer and as soon as he starts writing “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” I had to turn it off.”

–Gary Ross, 2012

“Well, it’s not an ending […] It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end, I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.”

–Joss Whedon on The Empire Strikes Back, 2013

“Loving a film is like falling in love with a woman or with a man like you never expect it. It it’s not the one you think you will be in love with, you know. You think always that he will be with a beard, and black, and big and finally he’s Chinese and you know it’s the same thing.”

–Luc Besson

“I think video games and that stuff should be as violent as possible, but age-appropriate. It should be realistic. When it’s not realistic you run into kids running around shooting people and not realizing the consequences.”

–Darren Aronofsky

“Everybody knows that the industrialized nations are the worst offenders.”

–Roland Emmerich

“Making films has got to be one of the hardest endeavors known to humankind.”

–Spike Lee

“Stop…stop, that’s the next generation of fans. […] How dare you pass judgment on those 12-year-old girls who like vampires! They need to be encouraged because in six years they’ll be 18-year-old girls who like vampires and are into all sorts of goth-permissive and whatnot. Don’t Poo-poo it. There’s a plan, and it’s working.”

–Kevin Smith

“More than anything, there are more images in evil. Evil is based far more on the visual, whereas good has no good images at all.”

–Lars von Trier

“It’s not easy to strap yourself down to a desk and bash on a keyboard when you know you can direct lots of films, because directing films is fun and interactive and gregarious. Writing isn’t.”

–Guy Ritchie

“I’m so from the Woody Allen/Spike Lee school.”

–M. Night Shyamalan