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Artistic style is only a means to an end, and the more styles you have, the better. To get trapped in a style is to lose all flexibility. If you have only one style, then you’re going to do the same book over and over, which is pretty dull. Lots of styles permit you to walk in and out of books. So, develop a fine style, a fat style, and fairly slim style, and a really rough style. As an aspiring artist, you should strive for originality of vision. Have something to say and a fresh way of saying it. No story is worth the writing, no picture worth the making, if it’s not the work of the imagination."
“In all my experience — and it goes back rather a long way — I’ve never known a time when there was so much crap around. It makes me very angry because those responsible are mostly idiots and charlatans. They know nothing about the cinema and they care very little, too. They just think in terms of ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ and ‘where’s the rooting interest?’ I thought that the swing to melodrama, frankly, would be over four or five years ago already. But it seems like the movies are becoming more formally the circus. It’s the bigger explosion and the wilder escape from the more pyrotechnical situation, and it’s not very rewarding for the actor when everything is either soap opera or pure melodrama or special effects. And by now it’s been going on for so long that the audience is unused to anything else.” —Jack Nicholson
I know there are some good films out there. Probably the same ratio there’s always been. But, you get older, things look like they’re going to shit, and they are, it’s just that you, the older, doesn’t see as wide a horizon as before and get a little punked in the detail of here and now. Why, because it becomes easier to say the hell with it. What difference does it make? Jack loves cinema. And he’s lost some of his love. We all do, lose it that is.