Memories are doing funny things to us.
The worst evil is - and that's the product of censorship - is the self-censorship, because that twists spines, that destroys my character because I have to think something else and say something else, I have to always control myself.
Because if you lived, as I did, several years under Nazi totalitarianism, and then 20 years in communist totalitarianism, you would certainly realize how precious freedom is, and how easy it is to lose your freedom.
I tell you, in my opinion, the cornerstone of democracy is free press - that's the cornerstone.
I get out of the taxi and it's probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.
Well, listen, you know, the Czech saying is, you know, when you are drowning you are grabbing even a little twig. That's what all Czechs were doing, grabbing for... with the hope for this little twig.
People must not think that all bad in man which is unleashed, the moment you impose censorship disappears from man.
I think everybody dreamt somehow to make a film in Hollywood, you know.
So, thanks God, our films, our first films were suddenly being appreciated by the Western media; especially France was very good, and Switzerland was very good.
You know, 20 years... the films of television when it started, the literature, radio in communist countries, they're clean as a whistle; there was no violence, no sex, no drugs, nothing.
You know what happened, you know, in 1938: France, England, you know, just sold out Czechoslovakia to Hitler.
And also they were absolutely brilliant in one way, you know: they knew how effective is not to punish somebody who is guilty; what Communist Party members could afford to do was mind-boggling: they could do practically anything they wanted - steal, you know, lie, whatever.
And everything is controlled and everybody is a member of some committee, because then their watchdogs placed in the committees can control everything, what this person says or how this person think(s), you know.
Because I just loved to spend two years of my life in the company of Andy Kaufman and other characters.
First of all, to defend my work, I had to believe that I am doing a totally silly, stupid, innocent comedy.
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