"...Pushed, Filed, Stamped, Indexed, Briefed, Debriefed or Numbered." -- The Prisoner (1967)
Happy Birthday monsieur Truffaut! You would have been 80 today.
“(Roberto) Rossellini says you shouldn’t write scripts, that only swine write scripts. The conflict in the film simply emerges from the facts. A character from a given country at a given time confronted with a character from a different country — it’s the natural conflict between them. You start from that. There’s no need to invent anything.”
— François Truffaut
Ingmar Bergman admiring one of three original Bruces from Jaws on the Universal backlot, 1975.
“Among today’s directors I’m of course impressed by Steven Spielberg and Scorsese, and Coppola, even if he seems to have ceased making films, and Steven Soderbergh — they all have something to say, they’re passionate, they have an idealistic attitude to the filmmaking process.” — Bergman, 2002
Photo: John Bryson
French title: Les Amours imaginaires
…Unless you can feel that a hero is as fucked up as you are, that you would make the same mistakes that he would make, you can have no satisfaction when he does commit a heroic act. Because then you can say, “Hell I could have done that too!” And that’s the obligation of the filmmaker, of the theater worker: to give a heightened sense of experience to the people who pay to come to see his work.
— Nicholas Ray