"The cinematic alchemist works in the dark of her laboratory for hours, days, months, years, seeking the seemingly impossible task of metamorphosis. With her various paraphernalia she tries to transform the invisible into the visible, or as Redon said, to 'put the logic of the visible at the service of the invisible.'
She searches for the continuously flowing light which will transform leaden fragments into one glowing jewel. Often enough, alas, her 'original chaos' remains unredeemed.
Of the editing process Cocteau said: 'To reorganize chance. That is the basis of our work.'
-- James Broughton, Seeing the Light