Born On This Day — January 6, 1938


Dovzhenko tried to teach us to see the world. Most of all he warned us against acquiring only the technical skills of the craft. He did not like “followers” who just tried to ape his approach. He urged us to be faithful to ourselves, to trust our own feelings and to stand up for our views. I did not realize at the time how difficult this is. You come to understand such things as you grow older… He used to tell us that when starting on a new film we should know what new things it would tell the audiences, and whether it would foster their better human qualities. I think this is the goal of art.

—Larisa Shepitko