- Birthday, Film, Quotes

“Nothing would disgust me more morally than winning an Oscar.”

Happy birthday, Luis Buñuel! Here are some quotes from the superb filmmaker.

“God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.”

“Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.”

“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all.”

“I should like to make even the most ordinary spectator feel that he is not living in the best of all possible worlds.”

“[The cinema] is an instrument of poetry, with all that word can imply of the sense of liberation, of subversion of reality, of the threshold of the marvelous world of the subconscious, of nonconformity with the limited society that surrounds us.”

“A writer or painter cannot change the world. But they can keep an essential margin of nonconformity alive.

  • John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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