In reality there is no tree — there is, however, the pear tree, and apple tree, the elder tree, the cactus — but there is no tree. Thus cinema will not be able to “reproduce” (write) a tree: it will reproduce a pear tree, an apple tree, an elder tree, a cactus — but not a tree.
– Pier Paolo Pasolini
We turn clay to make a vessel; But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends.
– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
I knew nothing of life except through the cinema. (Yet) nothing but the cinema may not be the whole cinema.
– Jean-Luc Godard