The Complete History of American Film Criticism

The Complete History of American Film Criticism

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The Complete History of American Film Criticism is a chronicle of the lives and work of the most influential film critics of the past 100 years. From the first movie review in the New York Times in 1896 through the Silent Era, the pre- and postwar years, the Film Generation of the 1960s, the Golden Age of the 1970s, and into the 21st century, critics have educated generations of discriminating moviegoers on the differences between good films and bad. They call attention to great directors, cinematographers, production designers, screenwriters, and actors, and shed light on their artistic visions and storytelling sensibilities. People interested in what the great film critics had to say have usually been shortchanged as to their backgrounds, and just why they are qualified to sit in judgment. Using mini-biographies, placed within a chronological framework, The Complete History of American Film Criticism is the biography of a profession whose cultural impact has left an indelible mark on the 20th centurya€™s most significant art form.a€œGive Gary Franklin credita€”he recently acknowledged, a#39;the day I lose my job, nobody will give me a screening anymore. ... Independent theatre chain owner Bob Laemmle said that Franklina#39;s continual mention of Runaway Train (1985) as a picture to see helped save it from oblivion. ... a€œWatching KNBCa#39;s Channel 4 critic David Sheehan is like viewing a TV image doubling back on itself, a€ Goldstein wrote.

Title:The Complete History of American Film Criticism
Author: Jerry Roberts
Publisher:Santa Monica Press - 2010-02-19

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