“Dramatic stories should be thrown out. They have nothing whatsoever to do with cinema. It seems to me that when one tries to do something dramatic with film, one is like a man who tries to hammer with a saw. Film would have been marvelous if there hadn’t been dramatic art to get in the way.”
(excerpted from “The Question: Interview with Robert Bresson by Jean-Luc Godard and Michael Delahaye,” Cashiers du Cinéma in English, No. 8 p.12).
"When film is not a document, it is dream. That is why Tarkovsky is the greatest of them all. He moves with such naturalness in the room of dreams. He doesn’t explain. What should he explain anyhow ? He is a spectator, capable of staging his visions in the most unwieldy but, in a way, the most willing of media. All my life I have hammered on the doors of the rooms in which he moves so naturally. Only a few times have I managed to creep inside.”
"Scratch a cinematographer & invariably you will find a creature of odd habit & uncertain habitat - an extrovert when grinding out film & and an introvert when without a camera; an individual with the soul of a poet & the mien of a slave driver."