For viewers, the notion of levels and lines can help explain that sometimes jarring experience of encountering a fabulous artist who is also a miserable human being: How could Leni Riefenstahl revolutionize cinema yet glamorize the Nazis? Understanding levels and lines can help a viewer “free” an artist by limiting them. In other words, you become a better critic when you can acknowledge any failures an artist might have as a human being without trashing their achievements as an artist.
Source: AQAL Journal, page 51-52, Vol. 1, No. 1
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