"Shadow owes its birth to light."
John Gay

"You exist only in what you do."
Federico Fellini

"To be or not to be. That's not really a question."
Jean-Luc Godard

"I knew everything and received everything. But real happiness, is giving."
Alain Delon

"I never studied film formally at school, but as a kid, I spent most of my time in cinemas."
Wong Kar-wai

"If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one."
Quentin Tarantino

"I'm not interested in seeing a film just made by a woman - not unless she is looking for new images."
Agnes Varda

"Negativity is the enemy of creativity."
David Lynch

"Is the cinema more important than life?"
Francois Truffaut

"I try to just make what I want to make or what I would want to see. I try not to think about the audience too much."
Sofia Coppola

"My favourite genre lies inside myself, and as I follow my favourite stories, characters and images, it sums up to a certain genre."
Bong Joon-ho

"I made so many films which were more important, but the only one people ever want to talk about is that one with Bogart."
Ingrid Bergman

"Things danced on the screen do not look the way they do on the stage. On the stage, dancing is three-dimensional, but a motion picture is two-dimensional."
Gene Kelly

"Certain subjects may no longer be taboo in cinema. But there are ways to treat them that still create shock."
Park Chan-wook

"Filmgoers are starved for new ideas, voices and visions."
Robert Redford

"Sometimes when you're heavy into the shooting or editing of a picture, you get to the point where you don't know if you could ever do it again."
Martin Scorsese

"Cinema is universal, beyond flags and borders and passports."
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

"I don't intentionally make my films with the express goal of surprising the viewer."
Bong Joon-ho

"A film set is a workplace for me; it's my office, and nobody really wants to be in a stressful work environment."
Park Chan-wook

"Well, first of all, you read the script a million times. Because what the script gives you are given circumstances. Given circumstances are all the facts of your character."
Viola Davis

"All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography."
Federico Fellini

"I can't do a film after having debated it. I am unable to do a film while discussing it with my team. I issue directives. I do not achieve it otherwise."
Hayao Miyazaki

"People sometimes say the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually, it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal."
Andy Warhol

"It's funny, in a way the actor is a writer. It's not like the two things are so separate as to be like apples and oranges. The writer and the actor are one."
Sam Shepard

"Whatever your style or subject matter, in the end, film-making is about searching for authenticity - that is what the audience will divine."
Paul Greengrass

"I realised that there's a more muscular approach to film-making that I found very inspiring."
Kathryn Bigelow

"I like to think of film-making not just as an act of personal self-aggrandisement but rather as an act of public service."
Alexander Payne

"Entertainment and art are not isolated."
Martin Kippenberger

"I've learned one general thing in filmmaking: to work with one strong idea. One strong concept that pushes you to work in a certain way artistically."
Darius Khondji

"I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas."
Jean-Luc Godard

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