“My theory is that the artist is primarily an observer, and one of the problems with modern art is that there’s no observation — the artists observe each other, they observe each other’s paintings. Perception has to be developed, that’s where depth comes in. I don’t see it much with American directors. The reason is we don’t reward it — it’s as simple as that. You do something highly personal, really different, it will either not be understood by the executives it has to go through, or will be considered noncommercial, which is to bring hell down upon you.”
– Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back, in a 1999 interview for Salon Magazine.