Cinema is a living cemetery. Featured movies of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s continue to haunt us from the bottom of the grave. There are people who will see now a film by Fritz Lang for the first time [in] their lives. Rooms of the Latin quarter, with their revival, are populated by ghosts… I feel death in any movie scene.
I like the story René Clément told about Cocteau one day. Cocteau was seeing a film with Clément and said to him, ‘You see, this film, it’s terrible because the camera is a very dangerous animal, because the camera films not only what is in front of it, but it also films what is behind it. And, you see, in this film, they were so bored while making it that their boredom is onscreen.’ What he said really struck me and it’s maybe why I try to be as calm as possible.