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THREE VIEWS 


"A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission
and the babysitter were worth it."
~HITCHCOCK


"When you are working on a script, the story itself is not difficult.
You say this would happen and then this, resulting perhaps in this.
And the dialogue you make as true as you can."
~MALLE


"I always like to think of it as like, I've got 'em sittin' there,
whip a little message at 'em. Whip a little moral at 'em.
Whip a little of what my view of the world is.
Because that's what every good filmmaker does.
You can't change the world. You can't cure the world.
All you can do is be like, This is it through my eyes.
Do you agree or not agree?"
~SMITH

FINAL SOLILOQUY OF THE INTERIOR PARAMOUR by Wallace Stevens 



Light the first light of evening
In which we rest and, for small reason, think
The world imagined is the ultimate good.

This is, therefore, the intensest rendezvous.
It is in that thought that we collect ourselves,
Out of all the indifferences, into one thing:

Within a single thing, a single shawl
Wrapped tightly round us, since we are poor, a warmth,
A light, a power, the miraculous influence.

Here, now, we forget each other and ourselves.
We feel the obscurity of an order, a whole,
A knowledge, that which arranged the rendezvous.

Within its vital boundary, in the mind.
We say God and the imagination are one…
How high that highest candle lights the dark.

Out of this same light, out of the central mind,
We make a dwelling in the evening air,
In which being there together is enough.

SONG OF CHILDHOOD by Peter Handke 



When the child was a child
It walked with its arms swinging,
wanted the brook to be a river,
the river to be a torrent,
and this puddle to be the sea.

When the child was a child,
it didn’t know that it was a child,
everything was soulful,
and all souls were one.

When the child was a child,
it had no opinion about anything,
had no habits,
it often sat cross-legged,
took off running,
had a cowlick in its hair,
and made no faces when photographed.

When the child was a child,
It was the time for these questions:
Why am I me, and why not you?
Why am I here, and why not there?
When did time begin, and where does space end?
Is life under the sun not just a dream?
Is what I see and hear and smell
not just an illusion of a world before the world?
Given the facts of evil and people.
does evil really exist?
How can it be that I, who I am,
didn’t exist before I came to be,
and that, someday, I, who I am,
will no longer be who I am?

When the child was a child,
It choked on spinach, on peas, on rice pudding,
and on steamed cauliflower,
and eats all of those now, and not just because it has to.

When the child was a child,
it awoke once in a strange bed,
and now does so again and again.
Many people, then, seemed beautiful,
and now only a few do, by sheer luck.

It had visualized a clear image of Paradise,
and now can at most guess,
could not conceive of nothingness,
and shudders today at the thought.

When the child was a child,
It played with enthusiasm,
and, now, has just as much excitement as then,
but only when it concerns its work.

When the child was a child,
It was enough for it to eat an apple, … bread,
And so it is even now.

When the child was a child,
Berries filled its hand as only berries do,
and do even now,
Fresh walnuts made its tongue raw,
and do even now,
it had, on every mountaintop,
the longing for a higher mountain yet,
and in every city,
the longing for an even greater city,
and that is still so,
It reached for cherries in topmost branches of trees
with an elation it still has today,
has a shyness in front of strangers,
and has that even now.
It awaited the first snow,
And waits that way even now.

When the child was a child,
It threw a stick like a lance against a tree,
And it quivers there still today.

MORTALITY 



"I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die,
so let me live my life, the way I want to."
~Jimi Hendrix

"The really frightening thing about middle age
is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it."
~Doris Day

"Death is caused by swallowing small amounts
of saliva over a long period of time."
~George Carlin

KNOW THYSELF by Alexander Pope 



Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest,
In doubt to deem himself a God or Beast,
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reasoning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such
Whether he thinks too little or too much:
Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
Still by himself abused, or disabused;
Created half to rise and half to fall;
Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled:
The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!

MAN & SUPERMAN 



"You can't relate to a superhero, to a Superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle."
~Timothy Dalton

"I thought I was bulletproof or Superman there for a while. I thought I'd never run out of nerve."
~Evel Knievel

"I'm not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a Superman."
~David Bowie

WANTING TOO 



"Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing."
~Sylvia Plath

"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true."
~Spock

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.”
  ~Ingrid Bergman
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