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Andrzej Wajda Quotes and Sayings

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Cinemas gained new young audiences who wanted films made for them.
- Andrzej Wajda

Television theatre, as is implied in its name,
should rely on adaptations of scripts written for the theatre.
- Andrzej Wajda

However, that old mode of Polish filmmaking virtually disappeared.
- Andrzej Wajda

As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create
a literary vision of the new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

 

The difficulty of writing a good theatre play set in
new reality was even greater given that the level of
similitude to life that is allowed in a film would not work on the stage.
- Andrzej Wajda

When a film is created, it is created in a language,
which is not only about words, but also the way that
very language encodes our perception of the world,
our understanding of it.
- Andrzej Wajda

Films made in the spirit of the past continued to be made.
- Andrzej Wajda

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A novelty in Polish filmmaking was that it was possible
to find funds for a big production.
However, at the same time, the state budget committed
less and less money to filmmaking.
- Andrzej Wajda

In the first years after the systemic transition,
our screens showed American entertainment that had
not been available before,
or had been available only sporadically.
- Andrzej Wajda

Nevertheless, in the theatre, and in the cinema,
the contemporary reality of Poland has been represented
only to a minuscule degree in the last 12 years.
- Andrzej Wajda

It turned out that the country was helpless in the face of a new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

Even better, there were established two separate committees
deciding on state film funding.
- Andrzej Wajda

In Europe, there is no television filmmaking legislation
that could assist film production because private broadcasters
are not interested in supporting Polish film.
- Andrzej Wajda

With it adult political audiences abandoned cinemas.
In their place appeared a void.
That previous political audience migrated to the seats in front of their TV.
- Andrzej Wajda

On the one hand, young theatre directors were coming to television theatre,
because they wanted to get closer to the cinema,
despite having studied and worked for the theatre.
- Andrzej Wajda

At the same time, television theatre became more visibly active.
- Andrzej Wajda

It was progressively more difficult to find work in the theatre,
as well.
- Andrzej Wajda

In the first years after 1989, films were partly financed
from the state's budget as well as by public television.
Still, except for a few special cases,
most films are made this way.
- Andrzej Wajda

Eventually, the state's funding covered only the stages
leading to presenting a film project to potential funding bodies.
It was enough to produce a script, indicate casting
and put together a budget to present it all,
but nothing beyond that.
- Andrzej Wajda

Language also encodes our past.
We want to know who we are.
To know who we are, we have to know who we used to be.
Consequently, our literature, written in the past,
anchors us in that past.
- Andrzej Wajda

On the one hand, we had great filmic spectacles that
brought in big audiences,
adults as well as primary and secondary school students.
On the other hand, there were attempts to create contemporary Polish film.
- Andrzej Wajda

Also a great part of Polish industry proved to have
existed only to support the Soviet military industry,
and it became superfluous and incapable of being transformed into anything else.
We did not foresee that or the magnitude of these phenomena.
- Andrzej Wajda

In the forty years of the people's republic,
some of the worst historical traits were preserved in our people.
These included even the common characteristics developed
in the economic reality of the time of partitions in
the 17th and 18th centuries.
- Andrzej Wajda

Suddenly, the screens were dominated by American entertainment
to the extent of something like 95 percent.
As a result, audiences turned away from the kinds of
films that we used to make.
- Andrzej Wajda

In the same period, Polish literature also underwent
some significant changes.
From social-political literature, which had a great
tradition and strong motivation to be that way,
Polish literature changed its focus to a psychological
rather than a social one.
- Andrzej Wajda

One might have thought that the most significant change
in the film industry that would come about with a transition
from the communist economy to capitalism would fundamentally
concern the sources of funding.
- Andrzej Wajda

Why does there exist a global American entertainment industry,
but there isn't an equivalent coming from France or
Italy? This is the case simply because the English
language opens the whole world to the American cinema.
- Andrzej Wajda

Previously the same Polish audiences would have been
pressured into seeing cinema made for adults,
films made by us about those spheres of life that were
significant for us and which should be significant for our society.
- Andrzej Wajda

The difficulty with the present state of affairs is
that there is no legislation on the sources of funding
for the Polish film industry.
There is no legislation concerning filmmaking.
And, there is no legislation on television that would
be beneficial to filmmaking.
- Andrzej Wajda

We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union,
or at least for its retreat, and they were going to
be full of initiative in all areas of life -
in culture,
in economy and in politics.
- Andrzej Wajda

There is no filmmaking legislation because distributors
are not interested in sharing their money with the film industry -
for instance,
by giving a percentage of ticket sales back to filmmakers.
- Andrzej Wajda

Foreign capital to build new cinemas will help modernize
China's aging cinema infrastructure,
attract Chinese consumers back into cinemas,
and increase demand for U.S.
films.
- Jack Valenti

I can't remember what the last film I saw was,
as I can't smoke or drink in cinemas.
- Siobhan Fahey

I'm of course disillusioned with what has happened to World cinema.
Now cinemas in both Eastern and Western Europe are
filled with the same blockbusters from Hollywood.
- Alexander Walker

For the last 30 years our cinemas have been ruled by
science fiction and horror.
We've had some very good Fantasy films in that time period,
but for my tastes I still haven't seen fantasy done to absolute perfection.
That is the hope I have in this project.
- Harry Knowles

The biggest challenge was trying to convey the story
of the making of a film that isn't finished yet -
and which won't be finished until the third film,
The Return of the King, reaches our cinemas towards the end of 2003!
- Brian Sibley

Shoot a few scenes out of focus.
I want to win the foreign film award.
- Billy Wilder

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our
native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
- William Shenstone

Here is my first principle of foreign policy:
good government at home.
- William E. Gladstone

The humanitarian would, of course, have us meddle in
foreign affairs as part of his program of world service.
- Irving Babbitt

Even the majority of the Sunnis have grown tired of
foreign terrorists operating in Iraq.
- Peter DeFazio

We shouldn't be so dependent on foreign oil.
- Jon Corzine

At the time, there were very few foreign names in the
press and they were all factory workers.
I thought I'd never get a job at a university with a foreign name.
- Carl Rakosi

I do not wish a foreign army to spill the blood of my people.
- Bao Dai

Men like women who write.
Even though they don't say so.
A writer is a foreign country.
- Marguerite Duras

A foreign ideology cannot be introduced into Chechnya -
were it through an Arab or al-Qaeda.
Our experience is rich and long enough for us to be
Muslims and know what jihad is.
- Aslan Maskhadov

No foreign policy - no matter how ingenious -
has any chance of success if it is born in the minds
of a few and carried in the hearts of none.
- Henry A. Kissinger

This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs:
they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.
- James Reston

We cannot forget that our flag received its first foreign
salute from a Dutch officer,
nor that the Province of Friesland gave to our independence
its first formal recognition.
- Seth Low

Nearly every study shows that competition from cheap
foreign labor undercuts the wages of American workers and legal immigrants.
- Lamar S. Smith

During the early months of the war in 1914 there was
a conflict of opinion between the War Office and the
Foreign Office regarding news from the Front.
- Philip Gibbs

When you have a foreign invasion - in this case by the Indonesian army -
writers,
intellectuals, newspapers and magazines are the first targets of repression.
- Antonio Tabucchi

U.S.
companies rely on the European market for more than
half of their global foreign profits.
- John Bruton

Our foreign policy has made a wreck of this planet.
I'm always in Africa...
And when I go to these places I see American policy
written on the walls of oppression everywhere.
- Harry Belafonte

Plus, 40% of our debt is owned by foreign interest.
I can't support a plan that passes along cost burden
to our children and makes us more reliant on foreign dollars.
- Steve Israel

War against a foreign country only happens when the
moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
- George Orwell

The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S.
foreign policy.
- Ramsey Clark

I am against intervention by a foreign power against us.
- Moshe Sharett

Everywhere is nowhere.
When a person spends all his time in foreign travel,
he ends by having many acquaintances,
but no friends.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We need more foreign reach; no question about that.
And we're working on getting that.
We need more people abroad; we need some more bureaus.
That is really an important job.
- Brit Hume

It is important that the United States move with all
deliberate speed to develop and get into usage alternative
fuels that will allow us to end our dependence on foreign oil.
- Virgil Goode

Even this vein of writing is so foreign to me that I am amazed.
- David O. Selznick

We've passed an energy bill in the House,
to help us be less reliant upon foreign oil so we can get gas prices down.
But nothing happens in the Senate.
- Steve Chabot

In foreign policy you have to wait twenty-five years to see how it comes out.
- James Reston

In 75 foreign countries, we have a presence in the USDA.
- Mike Johanns

Since our economy is closely allied with that of foreign countries,
not one of us can be indifferent to what consequences
these disturbances can have at home and abroad.
- Hjalmar Schacht

A true world outlook is incompatible with a foreign imperialism,
no matter how high-minded the governing country.
- Wendell Willkie

I do get a lot of mail.
I get a lot of foreign mail because my mail gets mixed with Emilio Estevez.
- Erik Estrada

I just know so many people who have six or seven foreign
languages and have read everything and have musical
training and they are still dorks.
- Joseph Epstein

American teachers have one indisputable advantage over foreign ones;
they understand the American temperament and can judge its unevenness,
its lights and its shadows.
- John Philip Sousa

I write box notes for Kino International,
which specializes in distributing foreign films.
- Bruce Bennett


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