I make films about things that I really find fascinating.
In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
Cinema is like a public square.
I suppose all of my films have a common theme. If I think about it, though, the only theme I can think of is really a question: Why can't people be happier together?
Man is a genius when he is dreaming.
Cinema is a truly valuable means of connecting people.
I have never thought about discovering my direction. What concerns me most is being natural.
Movie directors, or should I say people who create things, are very greedy and they can never be satisfied... That's why they can keep on working. I've been able to work for so long because I think next time, I'll make something good.
In all my films, there's three or maybe four minutes of real cinema.
I take plenty of time for thorough preparation. When you prepare properly, you don't waste time on the set.
As I depict what fascinates me, a human portrait unfolds.
I love "War and Peace" and have read it countless times.
I always remain natural and follow my instincts when I work.
The role of the artist is to not look away.
I can't afford to hate anyone. I don't have that kind of time.
I work really quickly, though everyone seems to think otherwise.
If you try to present some kind of theory in your film, you will fail to depict anything.
Critics may read whatever they like into my films, but I don't make movies as deliberately as they think.
When you tackle a great work of literature, you make some amazing discoveries.
I am not good at explaining things.
I planned to become a painter, so I studied painting. But at a certain point I realized I could not express some things through pictures alone.
The film that made the greatest impression was "La roue" by Abel Gance. It made me think cinema was wonderful.
In my earlier films, it felt like I was putting in everything I had learned. But with "Drunken Angel" I suddenly felt sort of liberated. It felt like I got bolder.
Making illustrations helps me visualize concrete images, which you need to direct in a film.
As I consider different ways of shooting a film, I draw images that come to me using the tools at hand.