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A load of cinematic effects that otherwise seem easy or cheap to me suddenly become difficult again... can't you hear that this is the only right way of doing it?
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Actors need bricks to play with, and in fact we rejected all the improvised fragments we had made without a plan. Improvisation without a plan is like tennis without tennis balls.
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Before, I worked with a storyboard, and that meant that the image wasn't good. There was a lot of things that you had to live up to.
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But if it means that people who used to be limited by a notion of how a proper film should be, if those people now feel that they can make film - then I find that has a certain quality to it.
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Evil gives you far more strings to pull. But I must say that I have never been interested in the psychology of evil, not in the slightest. Perhaps I'm not interested in evil, but in the dark sides of human beings.
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Far be it from me to force anyone into either chess or dressage, but if you choose to do so yourself, in my opinion there is only one way: follow the rules.
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For me as a director, it is extremely fun trying to add the music on the spot. Especially the moment when the music sets in and the emotional chords are engaged, is a very important means of expression.
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I also have scenes with music in them, and we have recorded the music on location-a bit like the first talk movies.
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I also wanted t do a film with a religious motif, a film about miracles. At the same time, I wanted to do a completely naturalistic film.
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I always do something that I've never done before.
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I encouraged the cast to make up their own lines.
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I enjoy dialogue that leads to something more comical, and at the same time I like the added poignancy, too.
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I give myself a task. This time, the task was to do a musical.
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I grew up in a culturally radical home, where strong emotions were forbidden.
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I had an almost fetishistic attraction to film technology.
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I had to fight so much for the film. It was not very pleasant, but it's rewarding in another way. But it has not been pleasant.
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I kind of have to see it through to the end, don't I? But at the same time it's also rather dull doing something for the second time, I must admit. I've never made anything twice in my life.
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I prefer to work with unassailable ideas. And I wanted to do a film about goodness.
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I sit there pouring out my woes year after year, coming up with one enormity after another about my mother and the way she let me down; but it doesn't make me any the less fearful.
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I think it's important that we all try to give something to this medium, instead of just thinking about what is the most efficient way of telling a story or making an audience stay in a cinema.
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I think some of the acting scenes with Bjork look beautiful. Yes, to me, they are beautiful, but I am quite fond of Bjork.
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I think technology right now is great, because it makes filming so easy, you know.
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I would argue that the aesthetics in flattening out a scene completely are obsolete.
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I'd toyed with a couple of ideas beforehand, but I hadn't written a single cue, and it was a wonderful feeling to just write away.
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I'm happy that I'm alive. I feel like someone coming back from Vietnam, you know; I'm sure that later on I'll start killing people in a square somewhere, but right now, I just feel happy to be alive.
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I'm having a vacation, and it's so beautiful, and maybe I'll never get another film idea in my life.
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I'm much calmer. We had a lot of time problems going to Cannes. The print was ready one day before it was shown. Now I feel very good.
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I've taken the circuitous path of being interested in people.
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If Breaking the Waves had been rendered with a conventional technique, I don't think you could have tolerated the story.
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If I made a musical in the beginning of my career, it would have been crane shots and tracking shots and people coming out of cakes and whatever, but these techniques are something that I've left behind me.
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If one devalues rationality, the world tends to fall apart.
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If you go on correcting a script, you may lose your enthusiasm. It almost happened in this process, too, when we spent ages changing scenes and moving back and forth; but in the end we returned to the original, and the final version of the film is very close to the script.
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If you tell a man what to do in real life, to which extent is it reality and to which extent are you in control?
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In many ways I also have an understanding for-or rather, that people are engaged by spiritual questions and that they are so in an extreme manner. It is just that, if you want to create a melodrama, you have to furnish it with certain obstacles.
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In many ways the six weeks of shooting was the most intense film experience I've ever had.
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In the earlier films, it was a conscious decision not to be too close to the actors.
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It felt important to find some actors who really had the enthusiasm to participate. And I think it feels as if the heart is in it among those we finally chose.
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It is more difficult to manipulate with film than, for instance, video. The problem with video is that it gives you a thousand possibilities.
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It should all come from the main character's idea that life is beautiful anywhere. It doesn't have to be light with spotlights and blue lights and slow motion or whatever, life is great anyway.
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It was fun having a musician on the set and then having to communicate with him-it was a completely new discipline which I found interesting.
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It's always been a lie that it's difficult to make films.
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It's something important in the relationship between the artist and his public.
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It's... a matter of making the actors responsible for their characters, so if they felt that their character would read a Donald Duck magazine, they would bring one themselves.
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More than anything, there are more images in evil. Evil is based far more on the visual, whereas good has no good images at all.
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My films have become highly moral recently.
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My intention has not been to criticise a particular religious community. That doesn't interest me.
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One morning I greeted the cast naked in the front drive and insisted that today was to be a nude day. No, we didn't have any nudity problems.
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Only a fool does not fear actors, but you can't beat them, and if you can't beat them, join them, as they say. As I've got older I've become very interested in that part of the work.
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Opera is more like melodrama. And the good thing about opera is that if you can accept that people sing instead of talk, then you don't have to go in and out of it. And that means you can have your emotions with you.
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Regarding the rule about colour, that one was for me, because I have always felt it difficult to accept the way a colour film looks. I have always spent a lot of energy changing it one way or other, so I could bear looking at it, and therefore it was a wonderful rule for me.
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Reproduction is a little stupid. You have to put a little something in. It's like in the church you pay a little money to the tithe.
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That's the great thing about entering a convent: There are things that you simply can't do, so you don't have to worry about them.
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The film must be shot on 35 mm film and in Academy, which is a clearly defined format. But when you enter into a collective, you have to submit to the collective.
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The last year has been more full of fear than ever before... but on the personal level, each of my films is a little monument.
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The members of my family that I've shown the film to have also been severely critical toward it.
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The rule means - as I interpret it - that you are allowed to do nothing with the sound and picture after shooting: sound and picture hang together, and neither may be changed or moved afterwards.
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There are two kinds of stamp - the dirty ones and the decent ones - but the dirty ones are just as good - I mean the ones you get for negative coverage or behaviour.
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This way of working with actors that I have found now is normally a great pleasure, because it means giving a lot of freedom to some people-and to see them enjoy that freedom and to give to the project is usually very nice.
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We had shot very long scenes, and no scene was like the other. The actors were allowed to move within the scene as they pleased, and they never needed to follow any determined action.
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We had to turn up the colors in the dance sequences to make people feel that there were different levels of the film. I was not so fond of that, because it made the dancing more glamorous in a superficial way than what I really wanted, but it was necessary for the understanding of the two levels.
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What is new for me is that a woman is at the centre of the story. All of Dreyer's films have a woman as the central character. And the suffering woman besides.
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When I was in film school, it was said that all good films were characterised by some form of humour.
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When I was younger, I was fascinated by David Bowie, for example. he had created an entire myth around himself. It was as important as his music.
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When we later cut down the scenes, our only thought was to increase the intensity in the performance, without regard as to whether the image is in focus.
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You could say that when you introduce humour to your work, you also step back a little from it. You create a distance.
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You either go to Tibet or seek out the most rigorous of all faiths. With total abstinence and such like.
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