Top 16 Malik Bendjelloul Quotes

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“Success is not only one thing. It’s not only having a nice house in Beverly Hills and driving a nice Mercedes.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“I don’t think ‘Sugar Man’ is a music doc any more than ‘The Social Network’ is about computers. It just happens to have the best soundtrack ever.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“Most music careers slowly but surely go down.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“The kids growing up in the apartheid era were so restricted and angry – if they spoke out against it, they were thrown in jail.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“The perfect story is one you can retell in three minutes, and every single sentence is interesting.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“There are a few really fantastic stories left, and that kind of gives you some inspiration to find even new ones.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“I quit my job. I bought myself a real cheap, like, around-the-world flight ticket, and I went to 16 countries for six months just backpacking, living in cheap hostels, looking for stories with a camera and my ex-girlfriend.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“You don’t need money to be free. You can just say if you don’t need stuff, you’re always free.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“I love music. I think it’s a higher art form, in a way, than movies. You know, a film you see once, maybe twice. A song will follow you forever. It’s a magical thing.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“My specialty is two things: music or really strange stories.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“I don’t like music docs, usually. There’s nothing to really say. What can you say about music? Normally, you can’t say too much. There are a few really good ones, but the majorities are boring, I think.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“I think music docs could turn off some people.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“If you’re an artist, you’re an artist; that’s the only way I can explain it.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“There’s nowhere like Detroit; it’s a modern necropolis: all these art deco masterpieces crumbling away.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“I was working for a Swedish TV show – I’m Swedish – who basically did kind of spectacular stories. It was almost like CBS ’60 Minutes,’ but a Swedish version where we actually did travel quite a lot. After a while, I realized that travel is the most fun part of this, so why not do it for a longer time and just go off and explore?”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“Travel is wonderful. Everyone thinks it’s wonderful.”

― Malik Bendjelloul
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