The Color of Paradise — dir. Majid Majidi

All the President’s Men — dir. Alan J. Pakula


Robert Bresson and Sergio Leone in Venice, 1972.

Robert Bresson and Sergio Leone in Venice, 1972.

"I know what would happen [in Hollywood]. I look at Hollywood movie posters and I know what to expect. I do not want more fame or more money. I am happy with what I have. I do not want to make a film to make a film. I just want to have a nice life—not a career. […] I don’t actually enjoy making films, to be honest. Well, I enjoy acting, but only after they say ‘action’, when the camera is rolling. Hair and make-up, promotion, waiting around, I’m fed up with all of that. It’s taken up too many years of my life… Pride is more important to me now, because your films live with you forever. I’m never going to make another one that I don’t care for."

Maggie Cheung
Born September 20, 1964

Sansho the Bailiff — dir. Kenji Mizoguchi

"To me, I have to say this from the beginning, the close-up, the correctly illuminated, directed and acted close-up of an actor is and remains the height of cinematography. There is nothing better. That incredibly strange and mysterious contact you can suddenly experience with another soul through an actor’s gaze. A sudden thought, blood that drains away or blood that pumps into the face, the trembling nostrils, the suddenly shiny complexion or mute silence, that is to me some of the most incredible and fascinating moments you will ever experience." (1964)

"I would like once in my life to make a 120-minute picture with just one close-up. I think it’s impossible, but I would love to do it once. To have the right actor and to have the talent to accomplish this. It would be the most fascinating experience of all, just to look with the camera. I am a voyeur. To look at somebody, to find out how the skin changes, the eyes, how all those muscles change the whole time—the lips—to me it’s always a drama." (1980)

Ingmar Bergman


"The real source of happiness, not just in the cinema but in any kind of human endeavor, is the fact of creating. Once a thing is done, well, it’s done. Of course it’s very nice to be applauded by audiences and very unpleasant to be booed: I’ll admit that’s important, but not that important. The real thing, the real intoxication if I may call it that, is in the act of creation: that’s what matters, whether one is creating an apple pie, a film, a child or a painting.”
Jean RenoirSeptember 15, 1894 — February 12, 1979

"The real source of happiness, not just in the cinema but in any kind of human endeavor, is the fact of creating. Once a thing is done, well, it’s done. Of course it’s very nice to be applauded by audiences and very unpleasant to be booed: I’ll admit that’s important, but not that important. The real thing, the real intoxication if I may call it that, is in the act of creation: that’s what matters, whether one is creating an apple pie, a film, a child or a painting.”

Jean Renoir
September 15, 1894 — February 12, 1979

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The Decalogue — dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski

Stardust Memories — dir. Woody Allen


"For me, cinema has the same fascination you feel during an eclipse and you see a close-up of the sun with protuberances shooting out that are thousands of times larger than our own planet down here. It is for this reason that I am loathe to address many of the points critics raise about my films, because when everything is explained it gets boring very quickly. It is always the mysterious and those things which do not fit perfectly into a story—the inexplicable images or twists in the tale—that stick out and are memorable. Sometimes I will place a scene or shot into a film that might seem to have no place, yet this is essential to our understanding of the story being told."
Werner HerzogBorn September 5, 1942

"For me, cinema has the same fascination you feel during an eclipse and you see a close-up of the sun with protuberances shooting out that are thousands of times larger than our own planet down here. It is for this reason that I am loathe to address many of the points critics raise about my films, because when everything is explained it gets boring very quickly. It is always the mysterious and those things which do not fit perfectly into a story—the inexplicable images or twists in the tale—that stick out and are memorable. Sometimes I will place a scene or shot into a film that might seem to have no place, yet this is essential to our understanding of the story being told."

Werner Herzog
Born September 5, 1942