"The Fourth Man has to do with my vision of religion. In my opinion,
Christianity is nothing more than one of many interpretations of reality,
neither more nor less. Ideally, it would be nice to believe that there
is a God somewhere out there, but it looks to me as if the whole
Christian religion is a major symptom of schizophrenia in half the
world's population: civilizations scrambling to rationalize their
chaotic existence. Subsequently, Christianity has a tendency to look
like magic or the occult. And I liked that ambiguity, because I wanted
my audience to take something home with them. I wanted them to wonder
about what religion really is. Remember, that Christianity is a religion
grounded in one of the most violent acts of murder, the crucifixion.
Otherwise, religion wouldn't have had any kind of impact. With regards
to the irony of the violence, much of that probably comes from my
childhood experiences during and immediately following the Second World
War. In fact, if it hadn't been for the German occupation and then the
American occupation, I would have never been a filmmaker."