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All of us knew the brownstone stoops in a Warner Brothers movie as well as we knew our own front porches.
Good fiction reveals feeling, refines events, locates importance and, though its methods are as mysterious as they are varied, intensifies the experience of living our own lives.
Hack fiction exploits curiosity without really satisfying it or making connections between it and anything else in the world.
His acting remains forever fixed in a time that never dates.
It is a movie of such unrelieved genteelness that it makes one long to head for Schrafft's for a double-gin martini, straight up, and a stack of cinnamon toast from which the crusts have been removed.
It is guaranteed to put all teeth on edge, including George Washington's, wherever they might be.
Miss Dietrich is not so much a performer as a one-woman environment.
Radio wasn't outside our lives. It coincided with-and helped to shape-our childhood and adolescence. As we slogged toward maturity, it also grew up and turned into television, leaving behind, like dead skin, transistorized talk-radio and nonstop music shows.
She may be the only leading lady in America today with the ability to cross one eye without moving the other.
She was a woman attempting to make some sense of, and get some satisfaction from, a life that seemed to have no more logic than a roulette wheel.
Through the magic of motion pictures, someone who's never left Peoria knows the softness of a Paris spring, the color of a Nile sunset, the sorts of vegetation one will find along the upper Amazon and that Big Ben has not yet gone digital.
We are drawn to our television sets each April the way we are drawn to the scene of an accident.
We attend to his later performances as a dramatic actor with respect, but watching the nondancing, nonsinging Astaire is like watching a grounded skylark.
When Uncle Bob (or Ted or Ray) promised to send a shooting star over the house to mark a young listener's birthday, the young listener, who had hung out the window for an hour without seeing the star, questioned not Uncle Bob (or Ted or Ray), but his own eyesight.
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