In documentary we deal with the actual, and in one sense with the real. But the really real, if I may use that phrase, is something deeper than that. The only reality which counts in the end is the interpretation which is profound
The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart.
Art is not a mirror but a hammer.
In fact, the individual outlook becomes less and less valuable and more and more harmful unless it is transmitted into the corporate outlook.
I look on cinema as a pulpit, and use it as a propagandist.
We believe that the cinema's capacity for getting around, for observing and selecting from life itself can be exploited in a new and vital art form
Some of us learned in a school of philosophy which taught that all was for the common good and nothing for oneself and have never, in any case, regarded the pursuit of happiness as anything other than an aberration of the human spirit.
And, consequently, the art of propaganda or public information becomes one of the most powerful forms of directive statesmanship.
We believe that the materials and the stories taken from the raw can be finer (more real in the philosophic sense) than the acted article.
We have built our State on the freedom of personal adventure.
The cultivation of sensibility on purely personal lines may, in fact, be the very worst training for a world where only the corporate and the cooperative will matter.
Such manifestations I account as representing the creative leadership of the new forces of thought and appreciation which attend changes in technological pattern and therefore of the pattern of human relationships in society.
My view... would be that we are entering upon a new and interim society which is neither capitalist nor socialist, but in which we can achieve central planning without loss of individual initiative, by the mere process of absorbing initiative in the function of planning.
Political conflicts distort and disturb a people's sense of distinction between matters of importance and matters of urgency. What is vital is disguised by what is merely a matter of well being.
Beware the ends of the earth and the exotic: the drama is on your doorstep wherever the slums; are, wherever there is malnutrition, wherever there is exploitation and cruelty.
It is often more important to act than to understand... there are times... when two conflicting opinions, though one happens to be right, are more perilous than one opinion which is wrong.
When quick results are imperative, the manipulation of the masses through symbols may be the only quick way of having a critical thing done.
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