Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Quotes: Ferns. Fiction. Figurative Language. Film.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.

Ferns 108 "Like the very old and very wise of our own race, they [ferns] seem to have outgrown haste and impatience…." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Fiction 147 "Fictions, if they are to please, should bear the semblance of truth." Horace. Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Figurative Language
Figurative language 372 "It seemed to the minister as if the sum total of human tragedy sat talking to him." Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth.

Film 100 Woody Allen at his best. "If my film makes one more person miserable, I’ve done my job." Woody Allen. Portable Curmudgeon.

Film on TV 597 Much detail is lost in old movies on the small TV screen. "Not all old movies look bad now, of course; the good ones are still good—surprisingly good, often, if you consider how much of the detail is lost on television." Pauline Kael. “Movies on Television.” 1967. Gross, ed. Essays.

Film on TV 597 Movies on TV. "On television, a cattle drive or a cavalry charge or a chase—the climax of so many a big movie—loses the dimensions of space and distance that made it exciting…also partly destroyed by deletions and commercial breaks and the interruptions incidental to home viewing." Pauline Kael. “Movies on Television.” 1967. Gross, ed. Essays.

Film on TV 602 Movies on TV lose the intensity of movies on the big screen in the theater. "People who see a movie for the first time on television don’t remember it the same way that people do who saw it in a theater; even without the specific visual loss that results from the transfer to another medium, it’s doubtful whether a movie could have as intense an impact as it had in its own time." Pauline Kael. “Movies on Television.” 1967. Gross, ed. Essays.

Film response 598 Our memory plays a large part in our reactions to films. "Sometimes we suspect, and sometimes rightly, that our memory has improved a picture—that imaginatively we made it what we knew it could have been or should have been—and, fearing this, we may prefer memory to new contact…remember it better if we don’t see it again—we’ll remember what it meant to us." Pauline Kael. “Movies on Television.” 1967. Gross, ed. Essays.

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