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American Movie Critics: From Silents Until Now [Paperback]

By Phillip Lopate (Editor)
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Pages   760
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.18" Height: 1.65"
Weight:   2.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 10, 2008
Publisher   Library of America
Age  18
ISBN  1598530224  
EAN  9781598530223  

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An anthology of narrative assessments of various cinematic experiences by some of the film industry's top critics and art reviewers includes pieces by such names as James Agee, Susan Sontag, and Roger Ebert, in a paperback edition that includes additional material reflecting on the role of the Internet and other technologies. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

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An anthology of unparalleled scope, American Movie Critics charts the rise of movies as art, industry, and mass entertainment. Here are the great movie critics who forged a forceful new vernacular idiom for talking about the new art,?Otis Ferguson, James Agee, Richard Schickel, Pauline Kael, Andrew Sarris, and Molly Haskell, among them. Here too are notable American writers, including Carl Sandburg, H. L. Mencken, Susan Sontag, and John Ashbery, weighing in on a range of cinematic experiences. The volumeA's narrative continues to the present with a sampling of the best of todayA's reviewers, including J. Hoberman, Roger Ebert, A. O. Scott, and Manohla Dargis. This paperback edition includes additional material reflecting the impact of the Internet and DVDs on film criticism.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Philip Lopate is the author of "Against Joie de Vivre," "Bachelorhood," "The Rug Merchant," "Being with Children," and "Confessions of Summer." A recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, his works have appeared in "Best American Essays," "The Paris Review," Pushcart Prize annuals, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is Adams Professor of English at Hofstra University.

Phillip Lopate currently resides in Brooklyn, in the state of New York. Phillip Lopate was born in 1943 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Columbia University.

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A Splendid Compendium of Classic Reviews  Jan 24, 2008
American Movie Critics, Phillip Lopate, editor. New York: The Library of America, 2008. Paperback reviewed 1/24/08.

When the impressive hardcover edition was released two years before this expanded paperback reprint, I had taken issue with the editor, Phillip Lopate, for excluding Internet critics. Sure, many of the illustrious print reviewers have an online presence, but where were his selections of writers who are exclusively online? He accepted my reproach, offering to include Internet critics for balance, though the number he had apparently chosen to embrace, three, could hardly be considered a "balance," given the proliferation of such critics today. A look at just the accredited writers on attests to that. Even more dismaying is that ultimately, the new "expanded" edition adds only one exclusively online critic, Stephanie Zacharek of, one Internet blogger, David Bordwell, and a third, Nathan Lee, who is a print critic with the Village Voice (which has merely an online presence).

Still, in the editor's valuable introduction, Mr. Lopate does add reverence to Internet film criticism, which has come a way from the time that the public considered these writers "anyone with a modem." He praises websites "devoted to obscure art-house directors, or even a single film," notes that bloggers need not worry about word content while criticizing some "unedited stream-of-consciousness...sloppy, self-indulgent, inelegant writing." He notes that "....If most film criticism on the web is finally glibly unmemorable, the same could be said for the majority of print reviews," while singling out Internet critics Stephanie Zacharek, Charles Taylor, and Andrew O'Hehir for special kudos.

If you already have a copy of the hardcover edition of "American Movie Critics" and do not mind shelling out twenty bucks or so for the paperback, this is money well spent, as the volume of classic film essays looks splendid. Aside from a few paragraphs about online critics and a few pages of actual reviews by Ms. Zacharek,Mr. Bordwell, and Mr. Lee, though, the softcover edition and its predecessor--which I reviewed on this site two years ago--are about the same.

"American Movie Critics" consists of Mr. Lopate's personal selections of the best film criticism of today and yesterday, his defense of the art, and is a must for those who appreciate film commentary for prose style rather than their service as mere consumer guides.


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