Through the magic of motion pictures, someone who's never left Peoria knows the softness of a Paris spring, the color of a Nile sunset, the sorts of vegetation one will find along the upper Amazon and that Big Ben has not yet gone digital.
[His acting] remains forever fixed in a time that never dates.
Hack fiction exploits curiosity without really satisfying it or making connections between it and anything else in the world.
When Uncle Bob (or Ted or Ray) promised to send a shooting star over the house to mark a young listener's birthday, the young listener, who had hung out the window for an hour without seeing the star, questioned not Uncle Bob (or Ted or Ray), but his own eyesight.
Good fiction reveals feeling, refines events, locates importance and, though its methods are as mysterious as they are varied, intensifies the experience of living our own lives.
It is guaranteed to put all teeth on edge, including George Washington's, wherever they might be.
Miss Dietrich is not so much a performer as a one-woman environment.
She was a woman attempting to make some sense of, and get some satisfaction from, a life that seemed to have no more logic than a roulette wheel.
She may be the only leading lady in America today with the ability to cross one eye without moving the other.
We are drawn to our television sets each April the way we are drawn to the scene of an accident.