When I was a critic, I thought that a successful film had simultaneously to express an idea of the world and an idea of cinema; La Règle du Jeu and Citizen Kane corresponded to this definition perfectly. Today, I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between; I am not interested in all those films that do not pulse.
I believe a work is good to the degree that it expresses the man who created it.
These books were alive and they spoke to me.
HENRY MILLER, The Books in My Life
Truffaut, François. The Films in My Life