The English ‘lost generation’ may have been a myth, but the young, disillusioned, and unmoored expat bohemians in Paris were very real. Their members were aware of belonging nowhere, and expatriate life suited them. It was easier to live with the feeling of not being at home if they were in a foreign country, where they could live carefree lives. The culture war raging in the United States between drys and wets, vice and virtue, WASPy Presbyterian rectitude and ‘un-American’ ideas and identities seemed far away here, and the refugees from these battles could ask themselves what exactly it was they had lost, or rather what they had never possessed.
-Philipp Blom Fracture: Life and Culture in the West, 1918-1938 (2015)
“Having difficulties breathing meant that for a long time I could not run, I could not walk fast. So having my imagination working, making these discoveries of film, was what was stimulating to me. Maybe all those difficulties attracted me to things that were normally impossible for me to do. For example, I loved watching westerns. I loved living in different periods. Cinema was part of my education, and it was also something which helped me to go on fighting. Cinema kept me alive.”
“People watch film differently today,” he says. “A film you have not seen in the first four weeks of its release is considered an old film. Same goes for books. Everything today is living under the dictatorship of the present. Nevertheless, there are some young people who seem to make some great discoveries, and we should continue to encourage this. … We should have no barriers; we should all keep open minds. It’s about keeping alive the spirit of curiosity.”
-Malina Saval ‘Bertrand Tavernier’s Dramatic ‘Journey’ Through French Cinema‘ Variety