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"The reason behind the renewal of Iranian cinema – one of the most important – was the banning of Hollywood films. That was the only positive point about censorship in Iran. The rest of the time it only did damage. They shouldn’t have banned them completely, just set up national quotas. Why stand by idly? What about our voice? What is this monologue? Why are 90% of cinemas in the grip of Hollywood? Do other countries not have thinkers or images? Dreams or sorrows? Why do some countries not have filmmakers? Why should one country do our dreaming for us and impose its lifestyle?"
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Mohsen Makhmalbaf, in Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution (via yellow-anorak)

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"To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you. Be whole in everything. Put all you are into the smallest thing you do. So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor. Because it blooms up above."
- Fernando Pessoa, Poems of Fernando Pessoa

"You go to Italy and you look at Michelangelo’s work, and there are people saying, ‘Come on, let’s go, I can’t stand it.’ [Laughs.]  And it doesn’t lessen the achievement of what he has done. It just says that everyone is not going to be enamored of your particular art, and I don’t think that’s an unhealthy thing. But American society says, ‘Wait a minute. If that happens, then you won’t get to make another film, therefore you must make your films more accessible to people so that they will like it.’ If you don’t like my films, I can’t do anything about it, but I’m a street person so I don’t care about being esteemed. If esteem will help you make the next picture, then great. And if antipathy will help you make the next film, I don’t really care. I’m going to be myself. I want to make a film I can be proud of."

"You go to Italy and you look at Michelangelo’s work, and there are people saying, ‘Come on, let’s go, I can’t stand it.’ [Laughs.]  And it doesn’t lessen the achievement of what he has done. It just says that everyone is not going to be enamored of your particular art, and I don’t think that’s an unhealthy thing. But American society says, ‘Wait a minute. If that happens, then you won’t get to make another film, therefore you must make your films more accessible to people so that they will like it.’ If you don’t like my films, I can’t do anything about it, but I’m a street person so I don’t care about being esteemed. If esteem will help you make the next picture, then great. And if antipathy will help you make the next film, I don’t really care. I’m going to be myself. I want to make a film I can be proud of."

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