BL&F 21: DJANGO AWAY! QUOTES OF INSPIRATION

"This is a Scrapbook Essay of notions that were swimming around my mind from the film's inception to its screening. When I came up against what looked like a wall, all of these notions, at one point or another, helped me see the doorway that was there all along. May they work their magic for you too."

- Daniel Hutchings

"You can struggle on believing, other people have the answers. Even if they do, it wouldn't help. It couldn't help you. If you have a dream, go with it. Even the slightest hint, then follow. Follow all the way. Save yourself from just another day."

- Go With It by Victoria Wood

"The best thing that young filmmakers could do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all."

- Stanley Kubrick

"My whole process begins when somewhere along the line I catch an idea. That idea is everything to me then. You catch a film idea and you fall in love with it for two reasons. One is the idea itself and the second is how cinema can translate it. And then you just stay true to that idea and go. It keeps talking to you, and you don´t walk away from anything until it feels correct based on that idea. That's it."

- David Lynch

"Plot, visual design, and themes will be unconsciously draped with the symbolism of deep fears and lofty ideals all decipherable without a psychiatric degree."

- Mike Kuchar

"Art is to heal. Our society is ill. Changing the world is an immensity that we can’t do, but as an artist we can do a little. This moment you can live. Art is not to escape yourself, but to remember yourself."

- Alejandro Jodorowsky

"I always wanted to write, but I always figured it'd be no good unless somehow the hand just took the pen and started moving without me really having anything to do with it. Like automatic writing. But it just never happened."

- Jim Morrison

"Annual income: twenty pounds. Annual expenditure: nineteen, nineteen and six. Result happiness. Annual income: twenty pounds. Annual expenditure: twenty pounds ought and six. Result misery."

- Mr Micawber's Recipe for Happiness

from David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

"Film will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper."

- Jean Cocteau

"It's not too hard to imagine that every time you have a new tool, it engenders a new type of thinking, and every old tool engenders a different type of thinking, a different mental state about the image."

- Gary Panter

Art Journalist "How do you mix your paint?"

Tony Hancock "In a bucket with a big stick."

from The Rebel

"The enemy of art is the absence of limitations."

- Orson Welles

"In dreams begin responsibilities."

- Delmore Schwatrz

"I see every day as a new experience, every day is a good day. If you can't have a happy day yourself, then make someone else happy."

- Ken Dodd

“The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have.”

- Woody Allen

“But I'm never gonna get to a point in my life where what it costs to shoot a movie is going to determine what it is. The limits of my imagination is the only thing that's gonna stop me.”

- Abel Ferrara

“It is a pity when one, either through force of circumstance or because one is afraid of being ridiculed by others, won't produce and expose to everyone that little spark of something special which is unique to him alone.”

- Ken Russell

Jonathan Ross “That looks like a small camera. Can't you hire a bigger camera?”

Ray Dennis Steckler “You get a bigger camera, then you gotta get a bigger crew then you have a bigger cast and then you have to have a bigger set and the get a bigmouth like you walking in and nothing gets done!”

"Russ Meyer has a totally distinctive style which is based upon an aversion to the moving camera and, of course, since he's often shooting on location with no crew, it would be very hard for him to lay down tracks and do a panning or a tracking shot."

- Roger Ebert

“Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem.”

- Lindsay Anderson

"My movies are painfully personal, but I’m never trying to let you know how personal they are. It’s my job to make it be personal, and also to disguise that so only I or the people who know me know how personal it is. Kill Bill is a very personal movie. The more I hide it, the more revealing I can be.”

- Quentin Tarantino

“My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.”

- Robert Bresson

"You can't shoot a film as if you were putting a salami into its skin. From a project like Kurosawa's Ran, you come away dry in the mouth, with your head in flames and your soul in shreds."

- Sergio Leone

"Everything is designed, everything. Even if we leave it alone, it's designed in the fact that we left it alone."

- Abel Ferrara

“Makin’ pictures, see, sometimes you see a very beautiful person. And the first thing that comes to my mind is, I want to make a movie of that person. ‘Cause I like puttin’ gauzes—ah, cheap, black cloth on the lens with a rubber band—and creating these, what look like 1940s movies, or movies of a beautiful Hollywood style, and blowing these people up bigger than life and making them into gods and goddesses. And I think in the movies that’s a wonderful way of pushing them on the public, and infusing the public with great objects of desire, and dreams, and things of great beauty… living human beings of beauty.”

- George Kuchar

"Our fundamental delusion today is not to believe in what is only a fiction, to take fictions too seriously. It's, on the contrary, not to take fictions seriously enough. You think it's just a game? It's reality. It's more real than it appears to you. For example, people who play video games, they adopt a screen persona of a sadist, rapist, whatever. The idea is, in reality I'm a weak person, so in order to supplement my real life weakness, I adopt the false image of a strong, sexually promiscuous person, and so on and so on. So this would be the naïve reading... But what if we read it in the opposite way? That this strong, brutal rapist, whatever, identity is my true self. In the sense that this is the psychic truth of myself and that in real life, because of social constraints and so on, I'm not able to enact it. So that, precisely because I think it's only a game, it's only a persona, a self-image I adopt in virtual space, I can be there much more truthful. I can enact there an identity which is much closer to my true self."

- Slavoj Zizek

“Most of my characters are romantic rather than sexual. Romantic as wanting a relationship, an understanding with a member of the opposite sex more than just physical sex.”

- John Hughes

“Cinema’s characteristic forte is it’s ability to capture and communicate the intimacies of the human mind.”

- Satyajit Ray

“A style is not a matter of camera angles or fancy footwork, it's an expression, an accurate expression of your particular opinion.”

- Karel Reisz

“Realism is probably the best way to dramatise argument and ideas. Fantasy may deal best with themes which lie primarily in the unconscious."

- Stanley Kubrick

“I think the important challenge is to get beyond pure naturalism into poetry. Some people call this fantasy, but these terms are dangerous because words mean different things to different people. I think Brecht said that realism didn’t show what things really ‘look like’ but how they really are.”

- Lindsay Anderson

“Unlike all the other art forms, film is able to seize and render the passage of time, to stop it, almost to possess it in infinity. I’d say that film is the sculpting of time.”

- Andrei Tarkovsky

“When humour can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success, but when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it's just wonderful.”

- Francois Truffaut

“There is no must for social comment in drama or comedy, and certainly a hundred minutes of laughter and pleasure is a message in itself. But if the audience can take something away with them beyond the laughter, subliminally buried in their minds, then the comedy has served as great a purpose, sometimes greater, than the heavy-drama comment.”

- Jerry Lewis

“I’m just a storyteller, and the cinema happens to be my medium. I like it because it re-creates life in movement, enlarges it, enhances it, distils it. For me, it’s far closer to the miraculous creation of life than, say, a painting or music or even literature. It’s not just an art form; it’s actually a new form of life, with its own rhythms, cadences, perspectives and transparencies. It’s my way of telling a story.”

- Federico Fellini

"Tony Hancock's favourite sequence (in Punch & Judy Man) was when he and the small boy get to eat ice-cream together. He used to have a blackboard in his office with comedy diagrams and he used to say 'It's all there. From the first plip to the last plop.'”

- Philip Oaks

“People have always loved our pictures. I guess that's because they saw how much love we put into them.”

- Stan Laurel

"I'd like to do a song or a piece of music that's just a pure expression of joy. Pure like a celebration of existence, you know? And like the coming of spring, like a sun rising. Just pure unbounded joy. I don't think we've really done that yet."

- Jim Morrison

“Each film I make changes me in some way. When I start the picture I'm one person and by the time I finish I'm another.”

- Dario Argento

“He who understands philosophy understands laughter. That mysterious Word at the beginning, mentioned in the Bible, is a divine guffaw.”

- Alejandro Jodorowsky

"Good luck to you in following whatever passion you have. You will probably succeed in attaining it. And if you don't, you'll find that if it's really your passion you are following then you will find enormous fulfilment and incredible satisfaction from at least trying. Thank you for your time, and I hope someday I can meet you in person. Until then...good luck and god bless."

- Robert Rodriguez

"If you walk up to the door, you've gotta ring the bell."

- Mel Brooks

"Don't think about the pile."

- David Lynch


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