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American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now

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Some of todays greatest film critics and notable American writers weigh in on a range of cinematic experiences, from Carl Sandburg writing on the classic silent film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" to Richard Shickel on the cult of Greta Garbo.
Hardcover, 825 pages
Published March 16th 2006 by Library of America (first published March 2nd 2006)
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Excellent anthology. An essential component of any cinephile's library, I'd say.

The last section of this book is maybe the one I appreciated the most, because it creates a canon out of the mess and mass of recent movie criticism, gathering great, relatively recent pieces like Hoberman on Bad Movies, Schickel on Blue Velvet, bell hooks on Pulp Fiction, Rosenbaum on Eyes Wide Shut, A.O. Scott on The Passion of the Christ, Manhola Dargis on The Royal Tenenbaums and A History of Violence, Nathan Le
Lopate, Phillip (ed.). AMERICAN MOVIE CRITICS: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now. (2008; Expanded Edition). *****.
The only mistake in buying this book to add to my Library of America collection was in buying the paperback edition. It is a massive book. I thought that it would be an easily handled volume that I could dip into now and then and that the paperback format would be OK. It’s not. If you’re going to buy this book – and if you are a movie addict like I am you must – than you will
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For anyone interested, I've been discussing this book chapter-by-chapter with fellow film lover Jandy Hardesty, and our discussions can be read here .
I haven't read all of them, of course, but I love film writing. All of them seem very passionate about their craft, and what comes of that is some of the most "alive" writing out there.
Christopher Sutch
Editor Lopate has really done a fantastic job of collecting critical American writings on film, including some very early and obscure pieces of interest to those curious about the history of film reception and the film industry. What he could have included more of were representatives of daily reviews from the decades of work covered in this volume (there are several such reviews, but they tend to disappear once the chronology of the book reaches the 1970s; thus there are no essays discussing th ...more
Christopher Mcquain
A very diverse, mostly chronologically-ordered sampling of American film criticism, this collection is inspiring and informative even when the critic whose approach and style you're being introduced to can only serve as a negative example (from my POV, this means John Simon and Vincent Canby). As much as I enjoyed being introduced to Manny Farber, Parker Tyler, William S. Pechter James Harvey--and revisiting J. Hoberman, Sigfried Kracauer, and Molly Haskell--the unexpected revelation here is the ...more
A great book by Phillip Lopate. You can get an overall view of FILM criticism history and critics in U.S.A. The critics who shaped the knowledge and understanding of cultivated moviegoers. I have translated it all, still looking for a publisher!
Katharine Holden
Includes tiny amount of interesting early movie criticism; remainder is rehash of oft-reprinted/quoted essay-length paeons to Citizen Kane, Keaton, and the sex movies of Andy Warhol. This tome is not worth the effort of carrying it home.
Great collection of reviews and writings on film from the cinema's inception or rather, consideration as a serious art form, to the present day.
Good jump off point for learning about movie reviews, not purely academic hoo ha.
I either engage enthusiastic film discussion or ruin movies because of this book.
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Phillip Lopate is the author of three personal essay collections, two novels, two poetry collections, a memoir of his teaching experiences, and a collection of his movie criticism. He has edited the following anthologies, and his essays, fiction, poetry, film and architectural criticism have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Paris Review, Harper's, Vogue, E ...more
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