She’s right, of course. Again.

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

“David Riesman has pointed out that nobody believes advertising, neither those who write it nor those who absorb it. And the same can be said for most of our movies … Audiences don’t believe, but they don’t not believe, either. And when you accept something without believing it, you accept it on faith … Who would believe that Night People presents a political analysis? Yet the political attitudes that don’t originate in political analysis become part of the national political tone.”

—Pauline Kael, in “Morality Plays Right and Left” (1954)

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