Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.
The critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Trash has given us an appetite for art
Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.
A mistake in judgment isn't fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is
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
Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them
An artist must either give up art or develop.
The worst thing about movie-making is that it's like life: nobody can go back to correct the mistakes.
People who are just getting seriously interested in film always ask a critic, Why don't you talk about technique and 'the visuals' more? The answer is that American movie technique is generally more like technology and it usually isn't very interesting.
The critical task is necessarily comparative, and younger people do not truly know what is new.
For some strange reason we don't go to charming, light movies anymore. People expect a movie to be heavy and turgid, like American Beauty. We've become a heavy-handed society.
I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
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.
Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.