Below is a quote from Luis Buñuel, taken from his 1960 article (manifesto?) “The Statement.” This short gem (as well as several other articles from the Film Culture magazine) was recently added to UbuWeb.
2. Mystery is a basic element of all works of art. It is generally lacking on the screen. Writers, directors and producers take good care in avoiding anything that may upset us. They keep the marvelous window on the liberating world of poetry shut. They prefer stories which seem to continue our ordinary lives, which repeat for the umpteenth time the same drama, which help us forget the hard hours of our daily work. And all this, of course, carefully watched over by traditional morals, government and international censorship, religion, good taste, white humour and other flat dicteria of reality.
Almost fifty years later and how powerfully his words resonate, perhaps even more so given our current cultural famine in regards to all things filmic.