Sergei Eisenstein quotes

  • American capitalism finds its sharpest and most expressive reflection in the American cinema.
    -- Sergei Eisenstein

    #Reflection #Cinema #Film

  • The profession of film director can and should be such a high and precious one; that no man aspiring to it can disregard any knowledge that will make him a better film director or human being.
    -- Sergei Eisenstein

    #Men #Directors #Film

  • Now why should the cinema follow the forms of theater and painting rather than the methodology of language, which allows wholly new concepts of ideas to arise from the combination of two concrete denotations of two concrete objects?
    -- Sergei Eisenstein

    #Ideas #Two #Cinema

  • Language is much closer to film than painting is.
    -- Sergei Eisenstein

    #Painting #Language #Film

  • Even in a less exaggerated description, any verbal account of a person is bound to find itself employing an assortment of waterfalls, lightning rods, landscapes, birds, etc.
    -- Sergei Eisenstein

    #Bird #Landscape #Waterfalls

  • For example, in painting the form arises from abstract elements of line and color, while in cinema the material concreteness of the image within the frame presents - as an element - the greatest difficulty in manipulation.
    -- Sergei Eisenstein

    #Color #Cinema #Elements

  • It is art's task to make manifest the contradictions of Being
    -- Sergei Eisenstein

    #Art #Tasks #Contradiction

  • Books are attracted to me. They make a beeline for me, and stick to me. I have been so fond of them that at last they have begun to reciprocate. In my hands books burst like ripe fruit. Like magic flowers they unfold their petals to show me the vital thought, the suggestive word, the confirming quotation, the decisive illustration.
    -- Sergei Eisenstein

    #Flower #Book #Illustration

  • It takes a certain ingenuous faith - but I have it - to believe that people who read and reflect more likely than not come to judge things with liberality and truth.

  • Learn to see that it is not things that bother us, that we go out to bother them. See the world as a mirror. It is all a reflection of the mind. When you know this, you can grow in every moment, and every experience reveals truth and brings understanding.

  • Campaign may invite a certain skepticism about democracy, but it will surely restore your faith in cinema verite.

  • Do we recognize the platform that Indian cinema has been given? Of course. And typically India of us, we gracefully acknowledge our host's grace and we thank you for celebrating us and our cinema.

  • Don't make your living with cinema because Hollywood will take you, will eat you, will destroy you. This is the reality. You have a good picture, have success, you take the person and they destroy you.

  • The select group of people who do make realistic cinema, who do make cinema perhaps a little more acceptable to the Western audience, is a very small percentage.

  • In film, you are a totally different person than in the video.

  • Wes Craven is obviously a horror film icon so I was definitely very interested in bringing something back to life that Wes had created.

  • In the film business, it's basically honor among thieves.

  • I'm always honored, but I think for every 100 of those that come along, one of them is actually going to happen. And, the fact that this was an offer on a major film that had a start date, was pretty impressive.