Alain Resnais Quotes

Alain Resnais (French: [al?? ??n?]; 3 June 1922 – 1 March 2014) was a French film director and screenwriter whose career extended over more than six decades. After training as a film editor in the mid-1940s, he went on to direct a number of short films which included Night and Fog (1955), an influential documentary about the Nazi concentration camps

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Alain Resnais


I never thought of becoming a director. When I was twelve, the passage from silent film to the talkies had an impact on me - I still watch silent films.

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When I was twelve, the passage from silent film to the talkies had an impact on me-I still watch silent films. I don't think that there is any such thing as an old film; you don't say, 'I read an old book by Flaubert,' or 'I saw an old play by Moliere.'

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The present and the past coexist, but the past shouldn't be in flashback.

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I saw part of The Singing Detective on TV in New York. I said, Something is going on here.

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I never had any special appetite for filmmaking, but you have to make a living and it is miraculous to earn a living working in film.

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That's easy to answer: I never had any special appetite for filmmaking, but you have to make a living and it is miraculous to earn a living working in film.

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There cannot be any communication except through form. If there is no form, you cannot create emotion in the spectator.

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I can't see any reason why a film shouldn't be stylized and visually beautiful. I don't think a beautiful set is pretentious.

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My films seem to be better understood and better received by the monthly publications. On television the first reactions are usually unfavorable.

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I am never driven. Every film Ive made has been an assignment.

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Oh, yes, that never happened to me in my life before. It was a risky film, and I warned the producer.

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It was repugnant, but it was the only way to communicate.

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So I used formal techniques to make the film more perceptive emotionally.

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When I was 12 I made some little films with my friends. I tried to make gangster films, like Fantomas, but I remember being very disappointed with them. They weren't frightening at all. I'm sure they'd be very funny now.

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We should all die with a sharp, brusque heart attack. My father was lucky like that. One day he went hunting. He had a good day, he killed a lot of game, he was with his best friends. He said, "Ah, I'm still a good hunter." Then he said, "I don't feel well," and in 30 seconds it was all over.

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