'It’s a film. It’s not reality. But what’s a film? A film is a phantasm, it is not life. On the other hand, life doesn’t exist; it too is a phantasm. Without books, without historians, without memory, not a trace would be left. The moment is ephemeral. To struggle against oblivion, humans have a need to remake what touches them, a will to preserve that which is important to them.'
Manoel de Oliveira in an interview with Jean A. Gili, 1992