Visual art is an intrinsic part of films in a much deeper sense
than the mere selection of sets and camera angles . . . a “motion picture”
is literally that, and has to be a stylized visual composition in
motion . . . .
Potentially, motion pictures are a great art, but that potential has not as yet
been actualized, except in single instances and random moments. An art that
requires the synchronization of so many esthetic elements and so many different
talents cannot develop in a period of philosophical-cultural disintegration
such as the present. Its development requires the creative cooperation of men
who are united, not necessarily by their formal philosophical convictions, but
by their fundamental view of man, i.e., by their sense of life.