"Cinema has become my life. I don’t mean a parallel world. I mean life itself. I sometimes have the impression that the daily reality is simply there to provide material for my next film.”
--Pedro Almodóvar (1949-) MySpace
"I have always considered movies evil; the day that cinema was invented was a black day for mankind. Centuries before photographs there were talismans, which actually anticipated photographs... Photography is a blatant attempt to steal the soul."
--Kenneth Anger (1930-) MySpace . Facebook
In 1942, after a year in a German prisoner-of-war camp, he began his career as director. His entire output consisted of only 13 films, but they include some of the most artistically and technically substantial in French cinema.
--Jacques Becker (1906-1960).. MySpace . Facebook
"I would like to thank my parents. They gave me the biggest gift of poverty. And I want to thank them for the rest of my life... And thank you for your love. I'm here because people love the movie. It's always a question of love... I would like to dedicate this to those who are not here. They gave their life, so that we could say that life is beautiful."
--Roberto Benigni (1952-) MySpace . Facebook
This is something that I dream about: to live films, to arrive at the point at which one can live for films, can think cinematographically, eat cinematographically, sleep cinematographically, as a poet, a painter, lives, eats, sleeps painting.
--Bernardo Bertolucci (1940-) MySpace . Facebook
"My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water... When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best - that is inspiration."
--Robert Bresson (1907-1999) MySpace . Facebook
"Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being."
--Ken Burns (1953-) MySpace
"Film is a disease. When it infects your bloodstream, it takes over as the number one hormone; it bosses the enzymes; directs the pineal gland; plays Iago to your psyche. As with heroin, the antidote to film is more film."
--Frank Capra (1897-1991) MySpace . Facebook
"With very few exceptions, the best original scenarios have been written either by writers who knew the cinema particularly well, or by professional film workers. Although it may seem at first sight that anybody should be able to write a film scenario, experience shows that good scenarios are very rare."....
--René Clair (1898-1981) MySpace . Facebook
"You think that people are all good or all bad. You think that good means light and bad means night? But where does night end and light begin? Where is the borderline? Do you even know which side you belong on?" [Dr Vorzet from Le Corbeau]
--Henri-G. Clouzot (1907-77) MySpace . Facebook
"We create monsters and then we can't control them. "..
--Joel & Ethan Coen (1954- & 1957-) MySpace
"Anybody who comes to the cinema is bringing they're whole sexual history, their literary history, their movie literacy, their culture, their language, their religion, whatever they've got. I can't possibly manipulate all of that, nor do I want to."
--David Cronenberg (1943-) MySpace . Facebook
One of the most idealistic neorealist filmmakers of the 1940s and 1950s, he wrote and directed films punctuated by ardent cries for social reform.
--Giuseppe de Santis (1917-97) MySpace
In 1947, Maya Deren became the first filmmaker to receive a Guggenheim grant for creative work in motion pictures. She wrote film theory, distributed her own films, traveled across the USA, and went to Cuba and Canada to promote her films using the lecture-demonstration format to teach film theory, and Voudoun and the interrelationship of magic, science, and religion.
--Maya Deren (1917-1961) MySpace . Facebook
"My apprenticeship [at Nordisk Film studio in Copenhagen, Denmark] lasted five years, and I don't think many have had a better schooling. After all, it's from the daily grind of making films that you learn the craft."
--Carl T. Dreyer (1889-1968) MySpace . Facebook
“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power... “I tried being reasonable, I didn't like it.”
--Clint Eastwood (1930-) MySpace . Facebook
"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves... Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
--Thomas Edison (1847-1931) MySpace . Facebook
"The profession of film director can and should be such a high and precious one; that no man aspiring to it can disregard any knowledge that will make him a better film director or human being."
--S. Eisenstein (1898-1948) MySpace . Facebook
"To me, film right now is dormant. It's a sleeping giant. It's the plaything of corporations. The people who determine what American film is today are no different from high rollers who go to Las Vegas. They just want to take all the money and put it on one big number and roll the dice on that number and if it craps out, next number. Next case."
--William Friedkin (1935-) MySpace . Facebook
One of the most respected independents in the film and television production field, Greaves has enjoyed success within the full spectrum of the entertainment arts as, variously, a producer, director, writer, editor, cameraman, actor, dancer, drama teacher and song writer. Hailed as a "Renaissance man" and as "a thoroughly original multi-faceted American artist, " Greaves has produced more than 200 documentary films, 8 of which have won more than 70 international film festival awards, an Emmy Award and four Emmy nominations. He is considered the dean of independent black American filmmakers and, through the years, has helped to launch the careers of many young African-American filmmakers.
--William Greaves (1926-Present) MySpace
"I think that every artist dreams of renewing the forms which came before, but I think very few can be considered to have achieved that. We are all dwarves standing upon the shoulders of the giants who preceded us, and I think we must never forget that. After all, even iconoclasts only exist with respect to that which they destroy."
--Peter Greenaway (1942-) MySpace . Facebook
"The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it.”
--John Huston (1906-1987) MySpace . Facebook
"I show true things using fictional techniques but maintaining truthfulness — that's where my approach differs from Ozu. He wanted to make film more aesthetic. I want to make it more real. He aspired toward a cinematic nirvana. When I was his assistant, I was very opposed to him, but now, whilst still not liking his films, I'm much more tolerant. As for me, I'd like to destroy this premise that cinema is fiction... "I am interested in the relationship between the lower part of the human body and the lower part of the social structure."
--S. Imamura (1926-2006) MySpace . Facebook
"NOTHING IS ORIGINAL. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”
--Jim Jarmusch (1953-) MySpace . Facebook
"Well... I think the more pessimistic I feel about life, the more optimistic the films should be... Life is too sad to bear and there is no hope for anyone. So now, let us drink to happy endings."
--Aki Kaurismäki (1957-) MySpace . Facebook
"If I have a goal, then it is to escape from this literalism. I'll never achieve it; in the same way that I'll never manage to describe what really dwells within my hero, although I keep on trying."
--K. Kieslowski (1941-1996) MySpace . Facebook
"Could I have worked under a system where there were Draconian controls on my creativity, meaning budget, time, script choices, etc.? Definitely not. I would have fared poorly under the old studio system that guys like Howard Hawks did so well in. I cannot just make a film and walk away from it. I need that creative intimacy, and quite frankly, the control to execute my visions, on all my projects."
--Michael Mann (1943-) MySpace
"Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn... I have tried to preserve in my relationship to the film the same closeness and intimacy that exists between a painter and his canvas."
--Norman McLaren (1914-87) MySpace . Facebook
"D.W. Griffith said about Melies, "I owe him everything." Charles Chaplin said he was "the alchemist of light." He built the first movie studio in Europe, and is regarded as "The Father of Special Effects."
--Georges Méliès (1861-1938) MySpace . Facebook
"At birth man is offered only one choice --the choice of his death. But if this choice is governed by distaste for his own existence, his life will never have been more than meaningless."
--Jean-P. Melville (1917-73) MySpace . Facebook
“You must put the odor of the human body into images...describe for me the implacable, the egoistic, the sensual, the cruel...there are nothing but disgusting people in this world.”
--Kenji Mizoguchi (1898-1956) MySpace . Facebook
"Il cinema non morirà mai, ormai è nato e non può morire: morirà la sala cinematografica, forse, ma di questo non mi frega niente."
--M. Monicelli (1915-Present) MySpace . Facebook
"The camera exists to create a new art and to show above all what cannot be seen elsewhere: neither in theater nor in life; otherwise, I'd have no need of it; doing photography doesn't interest me. That, I leave to the photographer."
--Max Ophuls (1902-1957) MySpace . Facebook
Whenever speaking of Pabst in later years, Louise Brooks was quick to note that the effectiveness of her highly-disciplined performances was almost entirely due to Pabst's ability to precisely envision the film's final cut -- camera angles, titles, closeups -- before he even started shooting.
--G.W. Pabst (1885-1967) MySpace . Facebook
"My films are the expression of momentary desires. I follow my instincts, but in a disciplined way... I can only say that whatever my life and work have been, I'm not envious of anyone-and this is my biggest satisfaction."
--Roman Polanski(1933-) MySpace . Facebook
"You like these films, but you can't imagine how often they represent only fifty percent of what I wanted to do. You have no idea how I had to fight to achieve even that fifty percent."
--Nicholas Ray (1911-1979) MySpace . Facebook
"I was a melancholy drunk, and before long I became known as a relatively worthless assistant director. At a large company such as Mitsui or Mitsubishi, these things would have led to my dismissal, especially in the old days, but as the studio as well as the assistant directors themselves were laboring under the strange misconception that they were brilliant artists, almost anything was tolerated, except arson, theft and murder. So I picked flowers for my wife during working hours, and when we were on location I stayed in the bus."
--Seijun Suzuki (1923-) MySpace . Facebook
"Shortly after entering Barcelona, four grotesque steeples appeared before me. Their peaks seemed to domineer over the city shining with gold. I was struck with a sense of conviction. As I approached, the holes pierced in those four tense conical structures, just like a tremendously appealing demonic whisper, clutched me with force. What I was looking at was Gaudi's last masterpiece Sagrada Familia."
--H. Teshigahara (1927-2001) MySpace . Facebook
"Basically, I'm afraid of everything in life, except filmmaking... Forget all the excuses, 'the childish fascination' and 'the all embracing humility', for this is my confession, black on white: I, Lars von Trier, am but a simple masturbator of the silver screen."
--Lars von Trier (1956-) MySpace . Facebook
"Of all cinema’s illustrious martyr figures, none is more romantic than Jean Vigo, poet maudit of ‘30s French cinema, dead at 29 after a long struggle with tuberculosis, leaving a filmography that can be screened in just over three hours and which, during his lifetime, showed every sign of vanishing into oblivion. But the ethereal beauty and earthy anarchism that permeate his two masterpieces Zero de conduite (1933) and L’Atalante (1934) are still enveloping audiences in their hypnotic atmosphere today and leaving them sure in the knowledge that Vigo was more than a filmmaker – he was a moment in film history that will never be repeated." (quote by Maximilian Le Cain)
--Jean Vigo (1905-1934) MySpace . Facebook
"It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it."
--Andy Warhol (1928-1987) MySpace . Facebook
"I don't think suicide is so terrible. Some rainy winter Sunday when there's a little boredom, you should always carry a gun. Not to shoot yourself, but to know exactly that you're always making a choice."
--Lina Wertmüller (1926-) MySpace . Facebook
"Filming In the Mood for Love was the most difficult experience of my career. We began shooting two years ago, amid the Asian economic crisis. During the two years since then we have been through a lot: problems with censors, the departure of some members of my crew and the challenge of telling an intimate story about only two people. We are physically and financially exhausted."....
--Kar Wai Wong (1956-) MySpace . Facebook
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The Director Spotlight is a continuing series of tribute pages to the important classic and contemporary filmmakers of the cinema.
Carletto di San Giovanni, an aspiring filmmaker and artist in New York City, created this platform over the past three years. He manages and updates these pages, as he finds new materials on each director.
Underneath each photograph on this page is a quote, the director's name, and two highlighted links to the individual's MySpace and Facebook tributes. To view the tribute pages and to send a friend request or become a fan, click on the blue links. These links will take you there directly.
please click on his caricature below:
“A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later."
--STANLEY KUBRICK (1928-1999) MySpace . Facebook
“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
--INGMAR BERGMAN (1918-2007) MySpace . Facebook
“For me, filmmaking combines everything. That’s the reason I’ve made cinema my life’s work. In films, painting and literature, theatre and music come together. But a film is still a film.”
--AKIRA KUROSAWA (1910-1998) MySpace . Facebook
"All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman."
--CHARLES CHAPLIN (1889-1977) MySpace . Facebook
"There's so much more that goes into it. There's strength, flexibility and explosiveness, and we focused more on that stuff. If you have technique, the rest will come.”
--JOHN FORD (1894-1973) MySpace . Facebook
“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations... A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong... I started at the top and worked my way down.”
--ORSON WELLES (1915-1985) MySpace . Facebook
“My contribution to the formation of a new cinematic language is a matter that concerns critics. And not even today’s critics, but rather those of tomorrow, if film endures as an art and if my films resist the ravages of time.”
--MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI (1912-2007) MySpace . Facebook
"To the question, ‘Is the cinema an art?’ my answer is, ‘what does it matter?’… You can make films or you can cultivate a garden. Both have as much claim to being called an art as a poem by Verlaine or a painting by Delacroix… Art is ‘making’."
--JEAN RENOIR (1894-1979) MySpace . Facebook
"Because of the movies I make, people get nervous. They think of me as difficult and angry. I am difficult and angry, but they don't expect a sense of humor. And the only thing that gets me through is a sense of humor."
--MARTIN SCORSESE (1942-Present) MySpace . Facebook
"Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion."
--JEAN-LUC GODARD (1930-Present) MySpace . Facebook
"I've lost all my money on these films. They are not commercial. But I'm glad to lose it this way. To have for a souvenir of my life pictures like Umberto D. and Bicycle Thieves."
--VITTORIO DE SICA (1902-1974) MySpace . Facebook
"The American method of making films left the audience with emotions and nothing else; I want to give the spectator the emotions along with the possibility of reflecting on and analyzing what he is feeling... Everyone must decide for himself whether it is better to have a brief but more intensely felt existence or to live a long and ordinary life."
--RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER (1945-1982) MySpace . Facebook
"I can't see America any other way than with a European's eyes. It fascinates me and terrifies me at the same time... In my childhood, America was like a religion. Then, real-life Americans abruptly entered my life - in jeeps - and upset all my dreams."
--SERGIO LEONE (1929-1989) MySpace . Facebook
"An artist never works under ideal conditions. If they existed, his work wouldn't exist, for the artist doesn't live in a vacuum. Some sort of pressure must exist. The artist exists because the world is not perfect."
--ANDREI TARKOVSKY (1932-1986) MySpace . Facebook
"There's a difference between ad-libbing and improvising. And there's a difference between not knowing what to do and just saying something. Or making choices as an actor. As a writer also, as a person who's making a film, as a cameraman, everything is a choice. And it seems to me I don't really have to direct anyone or write down that somebody's getting drunk; all I have to do is say that there's a bottle there and put a bottle there and then they're going to get drunk. I don't want to tell them how they're going to get drunk, or what they would do, and I don't want to restrict them in being able to carry out a beat, to fulfill an action. You can't say somebody's drunk, or in love... As an artist, I feel that we must try many things - but above all we must dare to fail."
--JOHN CASSAVETES (1929-1989) MySpace . Facebook
"You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don't have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you'll stop at the first giant hurdle."
--GEORGE LUCAS (1944-PRESENT) MySpace . Facebook
"Creativity is a drug I cannot live without... The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication."
--CECIL B. DEMILLE (1881-1959) MySpace . Facebook
The leading character in almost all of Tati's movies is the eccentric Mr. Hulot: a conservative, goofy yet good-willing character who seems to be doomed to do everything wrong in the modern world.
--JACQUES TATI (1907-1982).. MySpace . Facebook
“The first thing I did in the studio was to want to tear that camera to pieces. I had to know how that film got into the cutting room, what you did to it in there, how you projected it, how you finally got the picture together, how you made things match. The technical part of pictures is what interested me. Material was the last thing in the world I thought about. You only had to turn me loose on the set and I'd have material in two minutes, because I'd been doing it all my life.”
--BUSTER KEATON (1895-1966) MySpace . Facebook
"Nothing has ever been invented that is more cumbersome to make than the motion picture... Shadow is mystery and light is clarity. Shadow conceals - light reveals. To know what to reveal and what to conceal and in what degrees to do this is all there is to art."
--JOSEF VON STERNBERG (1894-1969) MySpace . Facebook
"If you truly love film with all your heart and soul. I mean truly love it. You can't not make a good film."
--QUENTIN TARANTINO (1963-Present) MySpace
Born into a wealthy Jewish family in Pisa, his youth and young adulthood is perhaps what molded him into a filmmaker with a strong political point of view. He kept contacts with anti-Fascist movements while he was in France to escape the racial laws, was a youth secretary for the Italian Communist Party and was a partisan fighter, heading a Resistance brigade in Milan during World War II. His masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers, a black-and-white cinema verite drama is about the Algerian uprising against the French during the 1950s.
--GILLO PONTECORVO (1919-2006) MySpace . Facebook
"We comprehend... that nuclear power is a real danger for mankind, that over-crowding of the planet is the greatest danger of all. We have understood that the destruction of the environment is another enormous danger. But I truly believe that the lack of adequate imagery is a danger of the same magnitude. It is as serious a defect as being without memory. What have we done to our images? What have we done to our embarrassed landscapes? I have said this before and will repeat it again as long as I am able to talk: if we do not develop adequate images we will die out like dinosaurs."
--WERNER HERZOG (1942-Present) MySpace . Facebook
"It's better not to know so much about what things mean or how they might be interpreted or you'll be too afraid to let things keep happening. Psychology destroys the mystery, this kind of magic quality. It can be reduced to certain neuroses or certain things, and since it is now named and defined, it's lost its mystery and the potential for a vast, infinite experience."
--DAVID LYNCH (1946-Present) MySpace . Facebook