François Truffaut in 1957

“Let us deplore the fad that seems to be shared equally by the audience, producers, distributors, technicians, actors, and critics who fancy that they can contribute to the ‘creation’ of the films being shown by deciding how they should have been edited and cut. After each showing, I’d hear things like ‘Not bad, but they could have cut a half-hour,’ or ‘I could have saved that film with a pair of scissors.’ A pair of scissors in his hand, each one of them discovers his vocation as a filmmaker. I find it despicable.”

— François Truffaut