Pauline Kael quotes

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In San Francisco, vulgarity, "bad taste," ostentation are regarded as a kind of alien blight, an invasion or encroachment from out ...
The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself.
The words "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," which I saw on an Italian movie poster, are perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basi ...
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 ha ...
Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
Movies are a combination of art and mass medium, but television is so single in its purpose--selling--that it operates without tha ...
Watching old movies is like spending an evening with those people next door. They bore us, and we wouldn't go out of our way to se ...
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Robert Redford ... has turned almost alarmingly blond--he's gone past platinum, he must be into plutonium; his hair is coordinated ...
One of the surest signs of the Philistine is his reverence for the superior tastes of those who put him down.
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