Born On This Day – September 25, 1901

All quotes are taken from Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson, Green Integer, København: 1997   “Build your film on white, on silence and on stillness.” “The CINEMA did not start from zero. Everything to be called into question.” “The truth is inimitable, the false untransformable.” “Hide the ideas, but so that people find them. The most important will be the most hidden.” “A too-expected image (cliché) will never seem right, even if it is.” “In a mixture of true and false, the true brings out the false, the false hinders belief in the true. An actor simulating fear … Continue reading Born On This Day – September 25, 1901

LES MISTONS

Les Mistons is a short film that follows five teenage boys as they in turn follow two lovers. The boys are all in love with the girl and try to turn her against the guy. It is often given the English translation of The Brats, which is close, by not quite. A more direct (and better) translation is The Mischief Makers, a title more fitting of cinema’s beloved mischief-maker, François Truffaut. François Truffaut was a mischief-maker from day one. As a child, he consistently ditched school to sneak into movie theaters. As he grew up, so did his interest in politics and he joined the army, … Continue reading LES MISTONS

Born On This Day – February 6, 1932

[From 1966] “I am a French filmmaker who has thirty films to shoot in the years to come: some will succeed, others not, and it’s just about all the same to me, as long as I can make them.” “I considered that the world, and especially the cinema, was burdened with false gods. My task was to overthrow them. Sword in hand, I was ready to consecrate my life to the task. But the false gods are still there. My perseverance during a half-century of cinema has perhaps helped to topple a few of them. It has likewise helped me … Continue reading Born On This Day – February 6, 1932

In Their Words – Friday, August 9, 2013

“Actually making films has taught us a lot: It is as much trouble to make a bad films as a good one. Our most sincere film can seem phony. The films we do with our left hands may become worldwide hits. A perfectly ordinary movie with energy can turn out to be better cinema than a film with ‘intelligent’ intentions listlessly executed. The result rarely matches the effort. Cinematic success is not necessarily the result of good brain work, but of a harmony of existing elements in ourselves that we may not have even been conscious of: a fortunate fusion … Continue reading In Their Words – Friday, August 9, 2013

In Their Words – Sunday, August 4, 2013

“When I was a critic, I thought that a successful film had simultaneously to express an idea of the world and an idea of cinema; La Regle du Jeu and Citizen Kane corresponded to this definition perfectly. Today, I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema  or the agony of making cinema. I am not interested in anything in between; I am not interested in all those films that do not pulse.” –François Truffaut   Continue reading In Their Words – Sunday, August 4, 2013

In Their Words – Saturday, April 6, 2013

“Ultimately one makes the films one can love as a viewer. The cinema helped me endure life when I was an adolescent, it pleased me as an escape. That escape could only work through identification. I had a horror of costume films, for instance. Well, as a filmmaker I make the films I saw when I was thirteen, fourteen years old, that’s to say, with people in the wrong, weak, all fouled up, hiding out, always keeping aloof from groups, films with which it is easy to identify and which drag you into a kind of escapism that is nonetheless … Continue reading In Their Words – Saturday, April 6, 2013