Alain Resnais Quotes


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.

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.

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

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

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

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

A viewer as opposed to a filmmaker might see a film differently. But I'm extremely comfortable with my style.

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

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

For me an unfavorable initial reaction happens fairly often. For some reason the more time that elapses after the film opens the more favorable the reviews become.

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

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.

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

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.