Quotation by Raymond Chandler

The motion picture is like a picture of a lady in a half- piece bathing suit. If she wore a few more clothes, you might be intrigued. If she wore no clothes at all, you might be shocked. But the way it is, you are occupied with noticing that her knees are too bony and that her toenails are too large. The modern film tries too hard to be real. Its techniques of illusion are so perfect that it requires no contribution from the audience but a mouthful of popcorn.
Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), U.S. author. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).

Extract from notes dated 1950 about the screenplay for Strangers on a Train.
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