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

Alfred Hitchcock

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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

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“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.”