Monday, September 27, 2010

silent love

“The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema; the only thing they lacked was the sound of people talking and the noises. But this slight imperfection did not warrant the major changes that sound brought in…In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I call ‘photographs of people talking.’ When we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise.

-Alfred Hitchcock, excerpted from Francois Truffaut’s & Helen G. Scott’s Hitchcock (1967)

image: francois truffaut/Jean-Pierre Léaud and Jacqueline Bisset being directed by Truffaut in 'day for night.' critic Roger Ebert described it as the best film ever made about the movies.

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