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" A film is a petrified fountain of thought. "
" Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood. "
" If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. "
" Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are. "
" I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? "
" Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious. "
" One must be a living man and a posthumous artist. "
" A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad. "
" The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them. "
" I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. "
" Style is a simple way of saying complicated things. "
" All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it. "
" Sometimes music, movies and books are the only things that let us feel like someone else feels like we do. "
" Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity. "
" 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. "
" Silence moves faster when it's going backward. "
" True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. "
" Everything one does in life, even love, occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death. "
" The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. "
" A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses. "
" Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out. "
" There is always a period when a man with a beard shaves it off. This period does not last. He returns headlong to his beard. "
" There are too many souls of wood not to love those wooden characters who do indeed have a soul. "
" Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live. "
" I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead. "
" Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently. "
" The Louvre is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends. "
" Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper. "
" Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time. "
" 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. "
" I grew up thinking that I would become a fighter pilot and was fascinated by aircrafts as I had grown up around that. But my father encouraged me to not become an Air Force person, given the varied interests I had, be it books, movies, sports or fighter flying. "