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.
The whole aspect of cinema and film festivals should be a moment to come together and celebrate art and humanity. It would be a shame if there was such a divide.
When you look at golf films before us they're all - garbage or satire. A lot of sports films tend to vilify the opposition. Where the opposition becomes this big angry monster, so big you can't beat him.
Ten Days That Shook The World, by Eisenstein, I went to see it, and I was so impressed with this film, so impressed with what cinema could do.
The film that made the greatest impression was "La roue" by Abel Gance. It made me think cinema was wonderful.
Art has two constant, two unending concerns: It always meditates on death and thus always creates life. All great, genuine art resembles and continues the Revelation of St John.
The essential function of art is moral. But a passionate, implicit morality, not didactic. A morality which changes the blood, rather than the mind.
Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.
The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the motions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.
Directing, I realize, on film is far more personal, you know. Cinema really is a director's medium. This is a very personal film.
National film industries tend to move in cycles. In Australia right now, we're on a high, a feeling of potential, which as yet shows no sign of flagging. But the word "industry" is misleading. A small national cinema has no industry in the Hollywood sense.
I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
It's the first time that I've ever had an art show based on a film, but it's a photography collage.
Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.
I am not for the death penalty and so making this film did not change my point of view. I think it made me more aware of how ineffective it is.
Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.
In all my films, there's three or maybe four minutes of real cinema.
Previously the same Polish audiences would have been pressured into seeing cinema made for adults, films made by us about those spheres of life that were significant for us and which should be significant for our society.
I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel that that's becoming like a lost art in American cinema.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
Cinemas gained new young audiences who wanted films made for them.
I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.