There are indeed many ways in which filmgoing is like dreaming; but the likeness is always qualified. Films are like dreams in involving one in a world whose course one cannot control, but unlike them in that their world does not incorporate the dream of effort and participation. Filmed reality shares with dreamed reality (as nothing else does) its tolerance of limitlessly inconsequent transitions and transformations; but it lacks that curious conceptual continuity of dreams in which what is a raven may become a writing desk or may simultaneously be a writing desk.
Francis E. Sparshott (b. 1926), Anglo–Canadian poet, educator. repr. in Film Theory and Criticism, eds. Gerald Mast and Marshall Cohen, Oxford University Press (1974). "Basic Film Aesthetics," Journal of Aesthetic Education (April 1971).