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Quotations From PAULINE KAEL

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  • 1.
    One of the surest signs of the Philistine is his reverence for the superior tastes of those who put him down.
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. "Zeitgeist and Poltergeist," I Lost It at the Movies (1965).
  • 2.
    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.
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. "Movie Brutalists," Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (1968).
  • 3.
    Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. "Movies as Opera," Going Steady (1968).
  • 4.
    In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. Newsweek (New York, Dec. 24, 1973).
  • 5.
    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.
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, "A Note on the Title," (1968).

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  • 6.
    The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself.
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. "Is There a Cure for Film Criticism?" I Lost It at the Movies (1965).
  • 7.
    Robert Redford ... has turned almost alarmingly blond—he's gone past platinum, he must be into plutonium; his hair is coordinated with his teeth.
    Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. "The Sting," pt. 2, Reeling (1976).

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