“…actually making films has taught us a lot:
It is as much trouble to make a bad film as a good one.
Our most sincere films 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 of subject and our deeper feelings, an accidental coincidence of our own preoccupations at a certain moment of life and the public’s.
Francois Truffaut, “What Do Critics Dream About?”
doing a little homework for a blog post on truffaut. look for it soon.
“There are far, far too many dead whom I loved around me, and I made the decision after the death of Françoise Dorléac not to attend any more funerals, which, as you can imagine, does not keep sadness from being there, darkening everything for a while and never being completely obliterated, even after years have passed, for we don’t just live with the living, but with all those who have counted in our lives.”—François Truffaut (via francoisrolandtruffaut)
“But the cinephile is … a neurotic! (That’s not a pejorative term.) The Bronte sisters were neurotic, and it’s because they were neurotic that they read all those books and became writers. The famous French advertising slogan that says, “When you love life, you go to the movies,” it’s false! It’s exactly the opposite: when you don’t love life, or when life doesn’t give you satisfaction, you go to the movies.”—François Truffaut