I’ve forgotten how to talk with people, how to speak in public, forgotten how to write ever since I noticed that words do not express my thoughts at all. I speak, listen to, and check myself. The words do not convey the thoughts. I should stop writing right now because I’m not writing what I’m thinking at all.
My thoughts are most easily conveyed in film, through montage; but I am asked not for a film of thoughts but for a film of incident, event, adventure, and so on.
I could think on celluloid, if such an opportunity should again present itself…
- Dziga Vertov, May 19, 1934