Sergio Leone

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“I made 58 films as an assistant—I was at the side of directors who applied all the rules: make it, for example, a close-up to show that the character is about to say something important. I reacted against all that and so close-ups in my films are always the expression of an emotion … so they call me a perfectionist and a formalist because I watch my framing. But I’m not doing it to make it pretty, I’m seeking, first and foremost, the relevant emotion.”
 
Sergio Leone
January 3, 1929 – April 30, 1989

Sergei Parajanov

Sergei Parajanov

“I believe you have to be born a director. It’s like a child’s adventure: you take the initiative among other children and become a director, creating a mystery. You mould things into shape and create. You torment people with your ‘artistismus‘—scaring mother and grandmother in the middle of the night. You dress yourself up like Charlie’s Aunt, or as (Hans Christian) Andersen’s heroes. Using feathers from a trunk, you transform yourself into a rooster or a firebird. This has always preoccupied me, and that is what directing is.”

Sergei Parajanov
January 9, 1924 — July 20, 1990

Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan

“The first artist I admired in my life was Sergei Eisenstein. The second man I admired was Alexander Dovzhenko and a picture called Air City (Aerograd). These men were like idols, and you are affected by your idols, as I was by Renoir’s films. So, I became a film director out of admiration, out of wanting to be like that—hero worship. I think it’s the most wonderful art in the world.”

Elia Kazan (September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003)