The Sting (Deep Focus #3)
From Melville to Madoff, the Confidence Man is an essential American archetype. George Roy Hill’s 1973 film The Sting treats this theme with a characteristic dexterity. The movie was warmly received in its time, winning seven Academy Awards, but there were some who thought the movie was nothing more than a slight throwback. Pauline Kael, among others, felt Hill’s film was...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Soft Skull Press
(first published February 1st 2011)
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Apr 24, 2012 Kristine rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristine by: 2012 Festival of Books
I enjoy short series such as this one on film, "A Novel Approach to Cinema." This book was entertaining and almost great. It was intelligently written with an interesting perspective, behind-the-scenes details, and a passion for the film. A couple of things turned me off: the author's use of bad language (in an attempt to be cool?)--I'm all for it when it fits, but this was just awkward--and a strange fixation on the homoerotic, which I felt bordered on bigotry in a couple of remarks.