Film is way different. When you’re twenty feet tall on a massive screen and you’re seeing people’s lives played out on it, it’s different from a nice painting. Film is important; it can be more than reportage or a novel—it creates images people have never seen before, never imagined they’d see, maybe because they needed someone else to imagine them.
~ Steve McQueen
Roman Polanski with his wife Barbara Kwiatkowska (Lass) and Jean-Louis Trintignant (Barbara’s film partner) in Paris – January 1960. Roman Polanski accompanied Barbara on the set of „The Thousandth Window” (her first foreign movie).
© Bernard Lipnitzki
Gone with the Wind; Behind the Scenes 1939
Amour, directed by Michael Haneke.
I don’t think I can tell people anything that they don’t know already really, but all I can do is just hold up a mirror. For me, the cinema screen…I always want it to be a mirror where people can see their own reflection. And that’s it. That’s all you can do as an artist. That’s all you can do as a filmmaker.
I really believe…that if you’re sincere, that people will feel that. It doesn’t matter how good or bad the editing is, or how good or bad the visual style is. If there’s an energy there, it will communicate, and that’s where we have to get…The process is to get to a point where you are engaging, where you are open enough.
Films that are entertainments give simple answers but I think that’s ultimately more cynical, as it denies the viewer room to think. If there are more answers at the end, then surely it is a richer experience.
While the goal of all movies is to entertain, the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing.
In art you can move from the intimate to the universal. You can make movies that deal with what is going on within yourself, which is part of commonly shared human experience, and simultaneously you can make movies that are open to what happens in the big world around you, that deal with history, with the geo-politics of your time.
That is what art is. It penetrates your intellect, your mind, and your experience in history has to react on this new information, but you’re reacting from your own persona on it.