Nagisa Oshima quotes

  • Nothing that is expressed is obscene. What is obscene is what is hidden.
    -- Nagisa Oshima


  • The concept of 'obscenity' is tested when one dares to look at something that he has an unbearable desire to see but has forbidden himself to look at. When one feels that everything that one had wanted to see has been revealed, 'obscenity' disappears, the taboo disappears as well, and there is a certain liberation.
    -- Nagisa Oshima

    #Desire #Looks #Unbearable

  • I do not like to be called a samurai, but I admit that I have an image of myself as a fighter. I would like to fight against all authorities and powers.
    -- Nagisa Oshima

    #Fighting #Samurai #Fighter

  • My hatred for Japanese cinema includes absolutely all of it.
    -- Nagisa Oshima

    #Hatred #Cinema

  • To the leaders of the cinema still to come, I can offer only a few words drawn from my modest experience. You must ceaselessly formulate and sharpen your critical views, both of others and of yourselves.
    -- Nagisa Oshima

    #Views #Leader #Few Words

  • It is morally obscene to regard wealth as an anonymous, tribal product and to talk about 'redistributing' it.

  • The only thing that is obscene is censorship.

  • But I could never make a judgement that something was obscene.

  • The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history.

  • I pass by that it is very culpable to be facetious in obscene and smutty matters.

  • I never minded George Steinbrenner spending obscene amounts of money to put the best product on the field.

  • Only the chaste are truly obscene.

  • Nothing that is expressed is obscene. What is obscene is what is hidden.

  • In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene.

  • I strain to hear, but my old ears, for all their obscene hugeness, pick up nothing but snippets:

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