I’m currently reading Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly. The title character is a sort of holy fool, fascinated by color, children’s picture books and the movies.
This passage really struck me. At first it seems very naive; but the last sentence strikes home with a profound insight:
But now we have a new art, luminous, vivid, simple, stirring, persuasive, direct, universal, illimitable—the animated picture. It can create a new people, gracious and graceful, sensitive, kindly, religious, a people discovering in beauty the happiest revelation of God. No art has ever had the future the motion picture has. If it fails, no art shall have had as great and lamentable a failure.