Pauline Kael Quotes


20 Pauline Kael quotes:



"Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open."
Author: Kael Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"One of the surest signs of the Philistine is his reverence for the superior tastes of those who put him down."
"I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him."
"This movie is a toupee made up to look like honest baldness."
"Kevin Costner has feathers in his hair and feathers in his head. The Indians should have called him 'Plays with Camera.'"
"The critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising."
"In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising."
"It seems likely that many of the young who don't wait for others to call them artists, but simply announce that they are, don't have the patience to make art."
"A mistake in judgment isn't fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is."
"Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them."
"The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself."
"Trash has given us an appetite for art."
"Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher."
Author: Kael Quotes Category: American Critic Quotes Movies Quotes
"In this country we encourage "creativity" among the mediocre, but real bursting creativity appalls us. We put it down as undisciplined, as somehow "too much."
Author: Kael Quotes Category: Creativity Quotes
"A book might be written on the injustice of the just."
Author: Kael Quotes Category: Books And Reading Quotes Injustice Quotes
"Trash has given us an appetite for art"
Author: Kael Quotes Category: Appetite Quotes
"Just about the best Hollywood musical of all time."
Author: Kael Quotes Category: Hollywood Quotes
"Watching old movies is like spending an evening with those people next door. They bore us, and we wouldn't go out of our way to see them; we drop in on them because they're so close. If it took some effort to see old movies, we might try to find out which were the good ones, and if people saw only the good ones maybe they would still respect old movies. As it is, people sit and watch movies that audiences walked out on thirty years ago. Like Lot's wife, we are tempted to take another look, attracted not by evil but by something that seems much more shameful -- our own innocence."
Author: Kael Quotes Category: Television Quotes
"Brando represented a reaction against the postwar mania for security. As a protagonist, the Brando of the early 50's had no code, only his instincts. He was a development from the gangster and the outlaw."
Author: Kael Quotes Category: Security Quotes
"The words "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" which I saw on an Italian movie poster, are perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of movies"
Author: Kael Quotes Category: Words Quotes



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