“Cinema is a thief. It’s a bizarre coincidence because of its chemistry: It’s theater with physical interventions through the camera etc. in order to be cinema. It is absolutely awkward and unexpected. But what is normally expected is to show, as with Plato’s allegory of the cave. Why we want to show things, I don’t know. Why kids want to play, I can’t say. This is just basically, very profoundly in our nature.
So cinema, when coming into existence, stole — or borrowed, if you want — everything around: painting, literature and music, theater, vaudeville, grotesque, pantomime. Whatever you want!
So cinema is a bastard. And that’s why I love it so much.”
— Andrzej Zulawski.