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Pauline Kael

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It's sometimes discouraging to see all of a director's movies, because there's so much repetition. The auteurists took this to be a sign of a director's artistry, that you could recognize his movies. But it can also be a sign that he's a hack.
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"The Perils of Being Pauline", interview with Francis Davis, The New Yorker (October 2001)

 
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