“To me, when cinematography is at its best, it is very close to the state of dreaming. You know, in any other art you can’t create a situation that is as close to dreaming. Think only of the time gap. You can make things as long as you want, exactly as in a dream. You can make things as short as you want, exactly as in a dream. As a director, a creator of the picture, you are like a dreamer. You can make what you want. You can construct everything. I think that is one of the most fascinating things that exists.”
“It is the unique power of cinema to allow a great many people to dream the same dream together and to present illusions to us as if it were strict reality. It is, in short, an admirable vehicle for poetry. My film is nothing other than a striptease act, gradually peeling away my body to reveal my naked soul.”
Vos vastes nuages en deuil
Sont les corbillards de mes rêves.
What touches each other in the perfect dream should no longer even be called subject and object”
The public has lost the habit of movie-going because the cinema no longer possesses the charm, the hypnotic charisma, the authority it once commanded. The image it once held for us all, that of a dream we dreamt with our eyes open, has disappeared. Is it still possible that one thousand people might group together in the dark and experience the dream that a single individual has directed?
“Film has dream, film has music. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul. A little twitch in our optic nerve, a shock effect: twenty-four illuminated frames in a second, darkness in between, the optic nerve incapable of registering darkness. At the editing table, when I run the trip of film through, frame by frame, I still feel that dizzy sense of magic of my childhood: in the darkness of the wardrobe, I slowly wind one frame after another, see almost imperceptible changes, wind faster — a movement.”
The universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
Please — consider me a dream.
— Franz Kafka
“ I like to make films because I like to go into another world. I like to get lost in another world. And film to me is a magical medium that makes you dream… allows you to dream in the dark. It’s just a fantastic thing, to get lost inside the world of film.
“ Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.
— Georges Bataille.
“ Sex without religion is like cooking an egg without salt. Sin gives more chances to desire
— Luis Buñuel
“ Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
— Oscar Wilde
“ I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror.
— Charles Baudelaire.
“ A cat’s rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.
— William S. Burroughs.
“ You’ve never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.
— Jean Cocteau.
“ Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live.
— Jean Cocteau.
“ Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.
— Erma Bombeck
“ The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.
— Edgar Allan Poe