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I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer.

Author: Ben Hecht (1894-1964)

Profession: American Newspaperman, Novelist, Playwright

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.

Author: Ben Hecht (1894-1964)

Profession: American Newspaperman, Novelist, Playwright

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.

Author: Werner Herzog (1942)

Profession: German Film Director

Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.

Author: Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

Profession: Anglo-American Filmmaker

For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.

Author: Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

Profession: Anglo-American Filmmaker

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.

Author: Clive James (1939)

Profession: Australian-Born Writer, Satirist, Broadcaster, and Critic

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

Author: Derek Jarman (1942)

Profession: British Filmmaker, Artist, Author

The cinema, like the detective story, makes it possible to experience without danger all the excitement, passion and desirousness which must be repressed in a humanitarian ordering of life.

Author: Carl Jung (1875-1961)

Profession: Swiss Psychiatrist

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.

Author: Pauline Kael (1919)

Profession: American Film Critic

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?

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

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.

Author: Camille Paglia (1947)

Profession: American Author, Critic, Educator

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

Author: Don Alan Pennebaker (1930)

Profession: American Filmmaker

My belief is that no movie, nothing in life, leaves people neutral. You either leave them up or you leave them down.

Author: David Puttnam

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There's only one thing that can kill the movies, and that's education.

Author: Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Profession: American Humorist, Actor

Does art reflect life? In movies, yes. Because more than any other art form, films have been a mirror held up to society's porous face.

Author: Marjorie Rosen

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