Sergio Leone


“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

Alfred Hitchcock


Some films are slices of life. Mine are slices of cake.

Art is emotion. Therefore, the use of film, I say, putting it together and making it have an effect on an audience, is, I think, the main function of a film. Certainly, if you take dialogue in a film, truly you are only borrowing from the theater. Which is why I often said most pictures you see are photographs of people talking.

Ingmar Bergman


“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.”