Marcel L'Herbier quote on De Sica and Jacques Tati
This is an interesting quote from an article published in the French daily Combat on 16 July 1949 by the avant-garde silent director Marcel L'Herbier and reprinted in La nouvelle vague et le cinéma d'auteur : socio-analyse d'une révolution artistique by Philippe Mary. [Paris] : Seuil, c2006. (page 61 my translation)
[De] Sica and Tati changed film because in their work nature is actor, object [is ] star, the studio is eliminated, time and space unite and multiply one by the other. The word is visage; and the visage, immensely deepened, is character, and the whole is written there only in the language of the screen.