Julie Christie in Petulia (Richard Lester - 1968)
François Truffaut and Julie Christie eating lunch during the filming of Fahrenheit 451, photographed by Paul Schutzer
"I’m taking a gamble making the film. I don’t have any money. I just go to the bank and borrow it. And hope. But what isn’t risky about movies? It’s always risky when it’s original… It’s a very dangerous territory to be in where you can only make a film if your grosses reflect a large gross. I’ve been making films for twenty-five years and none of them has really made a lot of money. But there’s nobody in the world who can tell me we didn’t succeed. And that’s the greatest feeling that I’ve ever had in my life.”
December 9, 1929 — February 3, 1989
John Cassavetes was a filmmaker who lived deeply inside his own world. He was a passionate man of extremes, possessed by a fierce talented that bordered on madness. Dissmissive to the critiques of others, he was only interested in matters of the heart—what meant something to him, and those he loved—shedding light on what it means to be a human and the relationships that make us so. His defensiveness and quick draw nature hinted at a vulnerability behind the volatile man, yet Cassavetes was adamant about facing the fear which motivates us. He said, “The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to. As an artist, I feel that we must try many things—but above all we must dare to fail. You must be willing to risk everything to express it all.”
#13 - A Short Film About Love (1988), dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski
Not long ago, I had a strange sensation. I felt that I was alone. All of a sudden. Yet nothing had changed.
"So we wanted to begin each film in a way which suggested that the main character had been picked by the camera as if at random… In the end we decided to locate the action in a large housing estate, with thousands of similar windows framed in the establishing shot. It’s the most beautiful housing estate in Warsaw, which is why I chose it. It looks pretty awful so you can imagine what the others are like." — Krzysztof Kieślowski
“When the protagonist turns the camera on himself, he realises that one can only portray the world through oneself.”
Krzysztof Kieślowski on Amator (1979)
"I feel something important is happening around me. And it scares me."
Trois Couleurs Rouge (1994)
Krzysztof Kieślowski (Paris,1992)