Rage and Time

"Thus the "age of extremes" seems to be over – passed like a spook that, in the retrospect, no one any longer understands what made it powerful. Radicalism is only important in Western Hemisphere as an aesthetic attitude, perhaps also as a philosophical habitus, but no longer as a political style. The center, the most formless of monsters, consistently understood the law of the hour. It made itself into the protagonist, even solo entertainer on the posthistorical stage. Whatever it touches becomes, just like itself, docile, characterless, and despotic…

Now, however, everything that is one-sided and exaggerated is smiled at as if it would reavel a lack of ability to understand the conditioned and mediated character of every position."

(P. Sloterdijk, 2006)

Lars Von Trier: 15 Classic Quotes

"I come from a family of communist nudists. I was allowed to do or not do what I liked. My parents were not interested in whether I went to school or got drunk on white wine." – Die Zeit

"This is cream on cream. A woman’s film! I feel ready to reject the film like a wrongly transplanted organ." – ‘Melancholia’ Director’s Statement

"If anyone would like to hit me, they are perfectly welcome. I must warn you, though, that I might enjoy it. So maybe it’s not the right kind of punishment." – Spiegel

"Because I’m a cultural rebel, I couldn’t make a porn film without a dick and a condom. So it will have to be soft-core."- IndieWire

"I don’t know why everybody thinks I’m very, very small. This T-shirt I have now is Ingmar Bergman on a cloud. It was given to me a week ago. I’m not really sure he is on a cloud. I think maybe he went straight to hell, but that we don’t know. " – IFC

"I’m actually mixing up the genres a little bit here, so that we put full penetration into a film where full penetration should not be." – AV Club

"First of all, I ask them to read everything really carefully, so I would not all of a sudden have to tell them ‘Now you should masturbate in the woods and stuff.’ Because in my experience, it’s a very good idea to discuss that in advance. - AV Club

"I’m happy that I’m alive. I feel like someone coming back from Vietnam, you know; I’m sure that later on I’ll start killing people in a square somewhere, but right now, I just feel happy to be alive." – interview with Jan Lumholdt

"I am a man of very many anxieties but doing strange things with the camera is not one of them." – The Guardian

"I’m not a woman! Let’s make that very clear! Oh I don’t know, maybe I am. I am an American woman. Or 65 percent of me is." – Die Zeit

"The problem with men is that they will always piss up your back, like when all the deer are together in the woods." – Bright Lights Film

"Even this room holds a thousand stories you could include…for instance, the story of the origin of this chair. How has it been used previously and why is it exactly this chair here and not another chair which perhaps ought to have been here?" – Interview with Nils Thorsen

"Compared to Bush, Clinton seemed like a good guy, right? He was playing saxophone." – Black Book

"You can do almost anything on film now. With the help of computers, I can insert a herd of elephants into a scene, or create an earthquake. But that doesn’t interest me. I’d rather draw the shape of a dog on the studio floor to mark that there is a dog there, or put a crate of beer in a corner to indicate a bar." – The Guardian

"Everything is going to hell, but we should smile all the way." - Little White Lies

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Buster Keaton

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“It was on purpose that I started looking miserable, humiliated, hounded, and haunted, bedeviled, bewildered, and at my wit’s end. Some other comedians can get away with laughing at their own gags. Not me. The public just will not stand for it. And that is all right with me. All of my life I have been happiest when the folks watching me said to each other, ‘Look at the poor dope, wilya?’

Because of the way I looked on the stage and screen the public naturally assumed that I felt hopeless and unloved in my personal life. Nothing could be farther from the fact. As long back as I can remember I have considered myself a fabulously lucky man. From the beginning I was surrounded by interesting people who loved fun and knew how to create it. I’ve had few dull moments and not too many sad and defeated ones.”

-Buster Keaton, in his autobiography My Wonderful World of Slapstick (1960)