Because the Ear is Profound : Robert Bresson

SAMUELS: You told Godard that you prefer as often as possible to replace image with sound. Why?

BRESSON: Because the ear is profound, whereas the eye is frivolous, too easily satisfied. The ear is active, imaginative, where as the eye is passive. When you hear a noise at night, instantly you imagine its cause. The sound of the train whistle conjures up the whole station. The eye can perceive only what is presented to it.

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