14 Mar 2016

Two Favorite Recent Quotes

“The worst thing that could happen to a filmmaker is having a cause, a theme—a political or social one. Like a taxi driver… I don’t mean the American movie, which is really good; De Niro in Taxi Driver is also an alien, it’s wonderful. But it is so often the case with East European cinema—like, let’s make a film about the war, we are humanists, after all! I’m not. I don’t think human beings deserve anything better than what they have. It’s terrible, terrible, terrible… Have you seen this extraordinary film by Charles Laughton, The Night of the Hunter? It’s wonderful because it’s about nothing. It’s a cosmos. Do you remember a frog looking at a girl chanting? The horse, hate, love… Wonderful! It never worked: nobody has seen it, and Charles Laughton died of… despondency.” Andrzej Żuławski

“The society gets the films it deserves.” Jörg Buttgereit