Academia is the death of cinema. It is the very opposite of passion. Film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates.
Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable.
What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.
There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.
Technology has a great advantage in that we are capable of creating dinosaurs and show them on the screen even though they are extinct 65 million years. All of a sudden, we have a fantastic tool that is as good as dreams are.
Let's put it this way: art house theaters are vanishing. They have almost disappeared completely, and that means there's a shift in what audiences want to see. And they have to be aware of that and be realistic. It's as simple as that.
May I propose a Herzog dictum? Those who read own the world, and those who watch television lose it.
You should look straight at a film; that's the only way to see one. Film is not the art of scholars but of illiterates.
I don't spend sleepless nights over getting very bad reviews.
There are certainly laws and elements that make a film more accessible to mainstream audiences. If you've got Tom Cruise as a strongman, I'm sure it would have larger audiences, but it wouldn't have the same substance.
I know whenever it comes to be really dysfunctional and vile and base and hostile on screen, I'm good at that!
Strangely enough, I've always believed that my stories were mainstream stories; the films are narrated in a way that you never have a boring moment.
I cannot work fast enough. I cannot cope fast enough, really. And just releasing a film is hard.