For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can't teach old fleas new dogs.
The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn't.
The cinema, like the detective story, enables us to experience without danger to ourselves all the excitements, passions, and fantasies which have to be repressed in a humanistic age.
Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.
Oh how Shakespeare would have loved cinema!
We don’t need books to make films. It’s the last thing we want — it turns cinema into the bastard art of illustration.