You can never negotiate with stupidity. You must never appeal to the taste of the majority. There is nothing to be gained. You merely destroy the dignity of the work....As long as I worked hesitantly and tried not to say too much about myself and my preoccupations, I had no reputation at all. The day I chose to speak out -- to express myself, audaciously, without shame or calculation -- my reputation came with extraordinary speed. From then on, the public saw a troubled, probing Pintilie, who provoked scandals, anger and outrage.
-- Lucian Pintilie