Authors — B

Quotations by Robert Bresson

An old thing becomes new if you detach it from what usually surrounds it.

Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention: people look without seeing, listen in without hearing.

Films can only be made by by-passing the will of those who appear in them, using not what they do, but what they are.

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

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.

My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.

One forgets too easily the difference between a man and his image, and that there is none between the sound of his voice on the screen and in real life.

The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.

The true is inimitable, the false untransformable.

When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best — that is inspiration.