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To me, cinema is cinema. Cinema is one big tree with many branches. The same as literature. In literature, you dont just say, Oh, I bought some literature. No, you say, I bought a novel by so-and-so, or a book of essays by so-and-so.
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As a film-maker and a poet, I feel it's my duty to be an eye and an antenna to what's happening around me. I always felt a solidarity with those who are desperate and confused and misused and are seeking a way out of it.

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We need less perfect but more free films.

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My life is essentially not so unique. On some deeper levels we feel the same, we know the same things. Therefore if I show my life 365 days, moments from those days, it will reflect and it will have connection with lives of all of us.

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When I came to New York in 1949, there was already an entire fresh avant-garde film movement blooming in New York and California. It was a very, very exciting period!

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An adventurer can always return home; an exile cannot. So I decided that my home would be culture.

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You have the possibility to give light a dimension in time.

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Since 1950 I have been keeping a film diary. I have been walking around with my Bolex and reacting to the immediate reality: situations, friends, New York, seasons of the year. On some days I shoot ten frames, on others ten seconds, still on others ten minutes. Or I shoot nothing. Walden contains material from the years 1964-1968 strung together in chronological order.

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