Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Film Writing and Selected Journalism” as Want to Read:
Film Writing and Selected Journalism
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Film Writing and Selected Journalism

4.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  54 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
James Agee brought to bear all his moral energy, slashing wit, and boundless curiosity in the criticism and journalism that established him as one of the commanding literary voices of America at mid-century. In 1944 W. H. Auden called Agee's film reviews for The Nation "the most remarkable regular event in American journalism today." Those columns, along with much of the m ...more
Hardcover, 748 pages
Published September 22nd 2005 by Library of America
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Film Writing and Selected Journalism, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Film Writing and Selected Journalism

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 182)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Ed Van
May 27, 2008 Ed Van rated it it was amazing
Having read so much of this book elsewhere, my primary reason for buying it was at long last to be able to read the orchid article that I had heard Agee had written under protest and which was fabled to be as venomous as anything he'd ever written... but that's a fable. Everything else, including the oft-quoted TVA article that I'd never read in its entirety until I found it here, is great or at least very interesting. (Note the stuff on cock fighting: Southerners seem to have a peculiar lacuna ...more
Jul 17, 2009 Christina rated it it was amazing
This man understood the language of film and its dialects of technique and narrative better than most film critics past and present. Idiosyncratic and preferential in his reviews (some films receive two-line reviews; others two+ columns), Agee's writings are a must for a film student or cineast(e). The only sour note is that it may be awhile before I can again enjoy some local film reviews.
Apr 23, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
Fun to read, even if you don't care about the movies
Andrew Maxwell
Dec 02, 2007 Andrew Maxwell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: always-reading
Oliver Bateman
Apr 30, 2009 Oliver Bateman rated it liked it
Contains some great bits, but a lot of his criticism hasn't aged well. The essay on cockfighting is excellent, though.
Jul 01, 2012 Lydell rated it liked it
A smart and funny read.
Jonathan Isley
Jonathan Isley rated it it was amazing
Jun 08, 2016
Tristan marked it as to-read
Jun 01, 2016
Bianca marked it as to-read
May 05, 2016
Sue Mccormack
Sue Mccormack marked it as to-read
May 01, 2016
Dominyka marked it as to-read
Apr 26, 2016
Youth Of Malawi
Youth Of Malawi marked it as to-read
Apr 19, 2016
Russell marked it as to-read
Mar 26, 2016
Arpit Badhe
Arpit Badhe marked it as to-read
Mar 24, 2016
Harley marked it as to-read
Mar 17, 2016
Virginia Giles
Virginia Giles marked it as to-read
Mar 03, 2016
Jalfp marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2016
Cory marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2016
Eric marked it as to-read
Feb 20, 2016
Derrick Gwinner
Derrick Gwinner is currently reading it
Feb 13, 2016
Stephanie Monohan
Stephanie Monohan marked it as to-read
Jan 31, 2016
Sabina Stent
Sabina Stent marked it as to-read
Feb 11, 2016
Mark marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2016
Jonathan marked it as to-read
Mar 31, 2016
Grig O'
Grig O' marked it as to-read
Jan 02, 2016
Philip Stratton
Philip Stratton marked it as to-read
Dec 25, 2015
Elisa marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2015
Robert Walrod
Robert Walrod rated it really liked it
Oct 09, 2015
Jabriel marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
An American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family (1957), won the author a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.

Agee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, at Highland Avenue and 15th Street (renamed James Agee Street in 1999) to Hugh James Agee and Laura Whitman Tyler.
More about James Agee...

Share This Book