cinema

Cinema quotes
Cinema
The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.

- Jarman, Derek
As far as the filmmaking process is concerned, stars are essentially worthless -- and absolutely essential.

- Goldman, William
Compare the cinema with theatre. Both are dramatic arts. Theatre brings actors before a public and every night during the season they re-enact the same drama. Deep in the nature of theatre is a sense of ritual. The cinema, by contrast, transports its audience individually, singly, out of the theatre towards the unknown.

- Berger, John
Cinema is the culmination of the obsessive, mechanistic male drive in western culture. The movie projector is an Apollonian straight-shooter, demonstrating the link between aggression and art. Every pictorial framing is a ritual limitation, a barred precinct.

- Paglia, Camille
The traditional novel form continues to enlarge our experience in those very areas where the wide-angle lens and the Cinema screen tend to narrow it.

- Boorstin, Daniel J.
Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.

- Goldwyn, Samuel
I guess I think that films have to be made totally by fascists -- there's no room for democracy in making film.

- Pennebaker, Don Alan
The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn't.

- Godard, Jean-Luc
The movies today are too rich to have any room for genuine artists. They produce a few passable craftsmen, but no artists. Can you imagine a Beethoven making $100, 000 a year?

- Mencken, H. L.
What is saved in the cinema when it achieves art is a spontaneous continuity with all mankind. It is not an art of the princes or the bourgeoisie. It is popular and vagrant. In the sky of the cinema people learn what they might have been and discover what belongs to them apart from their single lives.

- Berger, John
If you can't believe a little in what you see on the screen, it's not worth wasting your time on cinema.

- Daney, Serge
Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.

- Bergman, Ingmar
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. This appeal is what attracts us, and ultimately what makes us despair when we begin to understand how seldom movies are more than this.

- Kael, Pauline
Movies are one of the bad habits that corrupted our century. Of their many sins, I offer as the worst their effect on the intellectual side of the nation. It is chiefly from that viewpoint I write of them -- as an eruption of trash that has lamed the American mind and retarded Americans from becoming a cultured people.

- Hecht, Ben
You should look straight at a film; that's the only way to see one. Film is not the art of scholars but of illiterates.

- Herzog, Werner
Perhaps our eyes are merely a blank film which is taken from us after our deaths to be developed elsewhere and screened as our life story in some infernal cinema or dispatched as microfilm into the sidereal void.

- Baudrillard, Jean
One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.

- Stone, Oliver
Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention: people look without seeing, listen in without hearing.

- Bresson, Robert
A strange thing has happened -- while all the other arts were born naked, this, the youngest, has been born fully-clothed. It can say everything before it has anything to say. It is as if the savage tribe, instead of finding two bars of iron to play with, had found scattering the seashore fiddles, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, grand pianos by Erhard and Bechstein, and had begun with incredible energy, but without knowing a note of music, to hammer and thump upon them all at the same time.

- Woolf, Virginia
All television ever did was shrink the demand for ordinary movies. The demand for extraordinary movies increased. If any one thing is wrong with the movie industry today, it is the unrelenting effort to astonish.

- James, Clive



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