In Their Words — Sunday, October 21, 2012

Alain Delon and Jean-Pierre Melville filming Le Circle Rouge (1970)

I’m not interested in realism. All my films hinge on the fantastic. I’m not a documentarian; a film is first and foremost a dream, and it’s absurd to copy life in an attempt to produce an exact re-creation of it. Transposition is more or less a reflex with me: I move from realism to fantasy without the spectator ever noticing.

—Jean-Pierre Melville