Film Theory: Art–Approach; Concept; Definition; Function

Research in progress, Feb 23, 2022–299w

Francis Bacon:

“Art is about trying to make something out of the chaos of human existence.”

Marcel Duchamp, 1961:

“The only solution for the artist of tomorrow is to go underground.”


Asked, what’s art for? he said, “It’s to blow dust off your soul.”


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”


Bertolt Brecht:

“If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors.”

Witold Gombrowicz:

“For knowledge, whatever it is worth, from the most precise mathematics to the darkest suggestions of art, is not to calm the soul, but to create a state of vibration and tension in it.”

John Cage:

“Art is a way of waking up to the very life we are living.”


Patricia Highsmith, “Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction.”

Art has nothing to do with morality, convention, or moralizing.”


Wagner said to the audience after the premiere of “Gotterdammerung”:

“Now you have seen what we can do. Now want it! And if you do, we will achieve an art.”

Saul Bellow:

“The artist must be a prophet, not in the sense that he foretells things to come, but that he tells the audience, at the risk of their displeasure, the secrets of their own hearts.”

Aaron Copland:

“The composer who is frightened of losing his artistic integrity through contact with a mass audience is no longer aware of the meaning of the word art.”

Kenneth Clark:

“In art, you cannot achieve accuracy without emotion.”

James Joyce, Portrait of Artist:

“The artist, like the God of creation, remains with or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.”

All art, including film, draws its audience into a circle of complicity with the thing represented.