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.
Chess teaches you to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good and it trains you to think objectively when you're in trouble.
The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.
Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.
The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes
I've got a peculiar weakness for criminals and artists-neither takes life as it is. Any tragic story has to be in conflict with things as they are.
The destruction of this planet would have no significance on a cosmic scale
If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.
You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.
If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.
A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.
The dead know only one thing, it is better to be alive
The destruction of this universe would have no significance on a cosmic scale.
However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.