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" It's essential not to have an ideology, not to be a member of a political party. While the writer can have certain political views, he has to be careful not to have his hands tied. "
" Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed. "
" Tardiness in literature can make me nervous. "
" Kafka truly illustrates the way the environment oppresses the individual. He shows how the unconscious controls our lives. "
" I am only interested in bad taste if I can enjoy a gruesome tango or watch a movie that makes me cry. "
" I had stories that needed more space than the hour and a half or two hours a movie gives you. "
" My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient. Besides, life has so much humor. "
" What's better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual work? I think they complement each other. "
" It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates the novel's aesthetic facade. "
" My pleasure was to copy, not to create. "
" The translator's task is to create, in his or her own language, the same tensions appearing in the original. That's hard! "
" My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days, after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs. "
" I'm not terribly happy about rock and roll. Certain rock music is uninspiring, numbing; it makes you feel like an idiot. "
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" My greatest aspiration was always to live in the tropics. "
" We should try to understand our innermost needs. We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power. "
" Writers are not meant for action. "
" I believe realism is nothing but an analysis of reality. Film scripts have a synthetical constitution. "
" The essayist has to follow a certain intellectual pattern. The novelist has the advantage of using fantasy, of being subjective. "
" Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader. "
" It doesn't matter that the way of life shown by Hollywood was phony. It helped you hope. "
" Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying. "
" Modern American cinema seems to me superficial. The intention is to understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality. "
" What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they? "
" One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently. "
" Most of the movies I saw growing up were viewed as totally disposable, fine for quick consumption, but they have survived 50 years and are still growing. "