Bergman, who suffered a nervous breakdown in the late 1970s, now regulates his life precisely: taking a walk after breakfast, writing for three hours, having lunch and reading in the afternoon.
“Demons don’t like fresh air - they prefer it if you stay in bed with cold feet,” he joked, adding more seriously: “[For] a person who is as chaotic as me, who struggles to be in control, it is an absolute necessity to follow these rules and routines.
“If I let myself go, nothing will get done.”
The director admitted that there were days when he spoke to no one, but he insisted that he was never lonely, despite his isolation.
“There is something joyous about not talking,” he observed.
—Tania Branigan, “Even I think my films are depressing, admits Ingmar Bergman” (The Guardian, April 9, 2004)
"The real history of cinema is the invisible history. History of friends getting together, doing the thing they love!"
“And you don’t give a fuck what they all say, right?
Awesome, the Christian in Christian Dior
Damn, they don’t make ’em like this anymore
I ask, ’cause I’m not sure
Do anybody make real shit anymore?
Bow in the presence of greatness
’Cause right now, thou hast forsaken us
You should be honored by my lateness
That I would even show up to this fake shit
So go ahead, go nuts, go apeshit.”
— Kanye West, “Stronger”
13 (Creative) Commandments
1. Talent is an important differentiator, but talent needs to put in the hours to excel.
2. Question everything. Question what is good, what is bad, why you like or don't like something. It's more important than ever in an algorithmic industry to play by your own rules.
3. Stand by the work that you make. Do not place disproportionate value on how the work is received.
4. Always credit appropriately and honestly
5. Stop trying to be "original" and work with what you've got, finding an "interesting" angle or a new way to make something familiar felt.
6. Follow what genuinely interests you. Do not succumb to the pressure to monetise everything that you love... keep a little bit of it for yourself.
7. Always be willing to listen and learn from others. When people start coming to you, also listen, learn and impart. Don't forget what it's like to start, and stay humble. Be the person that someone will thank later in their career.
8. Try to embed things with truth and beauty. The world needs more of that.
9. Study and study hard. Chase references, research your influences. Ensure your influences are diverse and then try to connect the weird dots between them. Always be on the lookout for new ones.
10. Don't take anything too seriously. What you're doing probably isn't changing the world. That doesn't mean it doesn't matter, but keep perspective.
11. Establish what your professional boundaries are and then try to uphold them. Know your value, the value of your work and perhaps most importantly the value of your time. Don't be afraid to communicate.
12. Perfection doesn't exist but attention to detail is the next best thing. With with hard work, you can produce things that you are proud of that will also withstand the test of time and trends.
13. Never stop being in conversation with other artists.
“The greatest rewards in life are often delayed. The financial benefits of work and investing. The emotional benefits of marriage and friendship. The psychological benefits of creating something that matters. Meaningful outcomes take a long time to grow and compound.
Furthermore, most pursuits involve other people: coworkers, spouses, children, peers. If you want your results to continue to grow, then you need relationships that last.
One of the essential ingredients for success is being pleasant and trustworthy because it allows whatever you are building—a business, a relationship, a project—to continue. Many relationships disintegrate before the rewards accumulate.”