“There is a constant illusion that you are watching an extraordinary effort to get cattle across a certain immense expanse of difficult and threatening country, that you are learning a lot about how such a job feels and gets done, and that the perpetually wrangling players are important not so mu
“Rossellini is de enige filmer van het Italiaanse neorealisme die zich werkelijk van dit gevaar bewust is. Hij weet dat de ‘onschuldige’ blik op de werkelijkheid een mythe is, die steeds manipulatie en mystificatie moet verbergen.
“With Rubens, Storck clearly demonstrated that the medium of film was suitable for formal analyses of artworks. Moreover, with his large formats and compositions characterised by movements and spatial depth, Rubens is almost presented as a precursor of cinema.
“Have you ever shuffled faces like cards, hoping to find one that lies somewhere, just over the edge of your memory? The one you’ve been waiting for? Well tonight when I first saw you, and then later when I watched you in the dark, it was as though I’d found that one face among all the others.