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“[On Cleopatra:] At best a major disappointment, at worst an extravagant exercise in tedium.”
“In this era of affluence and of permissiveness, we have, in all but cultural areas, bred a nation of overprivileged youngsters, saturated with vitamins, television and plastic toys. But they are nurtured from infancy on a Dick-and-Jane literary and artistic level; and the cultural drought, as far as entertainment is concerned, sets in when they are between six and eight.”
“... just as violence is the last refuge of the inarticulate, so it is also the first resort of the incompetent, the easy out for the man who is capable of expressing himself only in the most primitive and vulgar of dramatic terms. He leaves us with only the obscenity of violence per se — and the pornographer thereof will always be with us, in film as in any other medium. And so will his audience.”
“We also serve who only sit and read.”
“To be a critic, you have to have maybe three percent education, five percent intelligence, two percent style, and ninety percent gall and egomania in equal parts.”
“The secret to success is written on the doors of this auditorium. One side says 'Push,' the other side says 'Pull.'”
“All you'll get from strangers is surface pleasantry or indifference. Only someone who loves you will criticize you.”
Judith Crist, U.S. film/drama critic
(1922 - 2012)
Full name: Judith Klein Crist.