Pauline Kael’s 20 Quotes on Film

Pauline Kael's quotes on Film

Pauline Kael (1919–2001)

1. “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.”

2. “If you can’t make fun of bad movies on serious subjects, what’s the point?”

3. “It’s sometimes discouraging to see all of a director’s movies, because there’s so much repetition. The auteurists took this to be a sign of a director’s artistry, that you could recognize his movies. But it can also be a sign that he’s a hack.”