“The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.”
On the set of Breathless
Bardot and Godard on the set of Contempt
Above, the bell ringing scene in Black Narcissus (1947, dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) as shot on the studio lot; below, the final scene with the addition of Walter Percer Day’s glass matte painting of the Himalayas.