I have a European frame of mind and Europe is my home.
It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated in the Far East more than in modern Europe; but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found - indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese.
So anyway, I really enjoyed the European audiences.
That appropriation of resources and the transformation of them into goods and services through the European production system characterized, and characterizes to this day, all industrial systems including the information age.
But if I were to say who influenced me most, then I'd say Franz Kafka. And his works were always anchored in the Central European region.
The Europeans and Americans have said the martyrdom operations are why Hamas has been put on the terrorist list. But now these operations have stopped. Did they then remove Hamas from the list of terrorist organisations? We do not launch wars. We are people resisting occupation.
As a European filmmaker, you can not make a genre film seriously. You can only make a parody.
I always try to preserve my cinematographic style, even while I work in the US. I wish to always be European.
I was always attracted by the European way of life, but I am deeply Swedish.
In Sweden, they broadcast the American shows in English with Swedish subtitles, whereas in many European countries they dub them. Watching those shows in English was big for me.
After September 11, the European governments have completely failed. They are incapable of seeing beyond their own national scope of interests.
The European Union arose on an economic foundation, and it turns out that even this is not a solid base. Cultural identity has been neglected.
A single tree in the tropical forest in the south of Mexico has more different species than some European countries.
In jazz, there is a lot of European influence harmonically.
If we don't do it, somebody else will. The Chinese, the Europeans and the Japanese all have the goal of going to the moon. Certainly we don't want to wake up and see that they have a base there before we do.
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