I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself.
Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.
Your reality, isn’t restricted by this cell we live in. If you read something, if you study something, you transcend any cell you’re inside of
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
I allow my intuition to lead my path.
I've never seen a worse situation than that of young writers in the United States. The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.
What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
I began teaching in New York because I needed to stay in the United States and didn't have my immigration papers in order, so working for a university was a way of resolving the issue.
I can work in films as long as the story doesn't have a realistic nature. If I'm working with an allegory, a fantasy, it can be developed in synthetic terms.
Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.
I think cinema is closer to allegories than to reality. It's closer to our dreams.
Contrary to what Kafka does, I always like to refer all of my fictions to the level of reality, He, on the other hand, leaves them at an imaginary level.
I write novels because there is something I don't understand in reality.
I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.
Being a man (male "macho") does not give you right to anything.
I locate that special problem in a character and then try to understand it. That's the genesis of all my work.
Modern American cinema seems to me superficial. The intention is to understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality.
The nicest thing about feeling happy is that you think you'll never be unhappy again.
In a country like France, so ancient, their history is full of outstanding people, so they carry a heavy weight on their back. Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?
One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently.
I don't want to name names, but the least I can say about rock and roll is that I'm suspicious.
I started writing movie scripts. They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when they were finished because they were simple copies of the films I saw in childhood.
The essayist has to follow a certain intellectual pattern. The novelist has the advantage of using fantasy, of being subjective.
My pleasure was to copy, not to create.
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