Cinema Quotes

The only thing as bad as bad comedy is bad action. Bad Boys II has plenty of both. In fact, those two things are all it has, unless you count the small helping of bad drama. When it comes to this movie, the word "bad" initially seems highly appropriate. But Bad Boys II isn't just bad it's a catastrophic violation of every aspect of cinema that I as a film critic hold dear. It seems to have been constructed with terms like "unwatchable" and "godawful" as its slogans. There are motion picture failures every year the resumes of Hollywood players are littered with them. But, when something this big a would-be blockbuster with recognizable names in the cast and crew collapses in such a spectacular fashion, it's worth taking note. Think of how many starving children could have been fed with the money that was poured into [director] Michael Bay's latest sinkhole.

James Berardinelli

The cinema is a place of intrinsic indiscernibility between art and non-art.

Alain Badiou

Radio through television becomes a species of Cinema. Why shouldn't Cinema, in turn, become a species of radio?

Isidore Isou

The traditional novel form continues to enlarge our experience in those very areas where the wide-angle lens and the Cinema screen tend to narrow it.

Daniel J. Boorstin

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.

Roman Polanski

For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.

Alfred Hitchcock

The cinema is an institution nowadays, with its roots sunk deep in the hearts of the millions of people who find enjoyment and entertainment in going to the pictures.

Ivor Novello

Compare the cinema with theatre. Both are dramatic arts. Theatre brings actors before a public and every night during the season they re-enact the same drama. Deep in the nature of theatre is a sense of ritual. The cinema, by contrast, transports its audience individually, singly, out of the theatre towards the unknown.

John Berger

Normally I make myself swim, do exercises. For zest I like going to the cinema.

Antonia Fraser

Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can't teach old fleas new dogs.

Federico Fellini

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.

Jean-Luc Godard

The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.

Jim Morrison

The cinema, like the detective story, makes it possible to experience without danger all the excitement, passion and desirousness which must be repressed in a humanitarian ordering of life.

Carl Jung

The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it.

Jean-Luc Godard

Photography is truth. And cinema is truth twenty-four times a second.

Jean-Luc Godard

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