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For the love of movies : the story of American film criticism

Author: Amy GellerGerald PearyPatricia ClarksonHarry KnowlesElvis MitchellAll authors
Publisher: [Cambridge, Mass.] : AG Films ; Olney, Pa. : Distributed by Bullfrog Films, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the raw beginnings of criticism before D.W. Griffith's 'The Birth of a Nation' to the incendiary Pauline Kael-Andrew Sarris debates of the 1960s and 70s, to the battle today between youthful on-liners and the print establishment, this documentary tells all through the insights and expertise of a diverse group of passionate film critics. Those who hear them may gain new respect for the profession of film  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Documentary films
History
Nonfiction films
Reviews
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Geller; Gerald Peary; Patricia Clarkson; Harry Knowles; Elvis Mitchell; Roger Ebert; Stanley Kauffman; Michael Wilmington; B Ruby Rich; Wesley Morris; Stuart Klawans; Richard Schickel; A O Scott; Kenneth Turan; Pauline Kael; Rex Reed; Penelope Spheeris; Leonard Maltin; John Waters; Liz Smith; Richard Linklater; AG Films.; Bullfrog Films.
ISBN: 9780615327082 0615327087
OCLC Number: 496813030
Language Note: Soundtrack in English, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish.
Notes: "Today, film criticism is a profession under siege. According to Variety, 28 reviewers have lost their jobs in the last several years"--Film introduction.
Special features include: "Gerald Perry on his movie" interview (10 min.); "John Waters on Parker Taylor" interview (4 min.); "Elvis Mitchell on his early movie-going (5 min.); "Women critics on their profession" (4 min.); "Roger Ebert on 'thumbs up' etc." (5 min.); "Wesley Morris talks to his audience" (3 min.); "Future of film criticism" (4 min.); "Stanley Kauffman, dean of film critics" interview (9 min.).
Credits: Edited by Sabrina Zanella-Foresi, Aleksandar Lekic ; music by Bobby B. Keyes ; cinematography by Craig Chivers [and others] ; narrator, Patricia Clarkson.
Performer(s): Interviewees, Harry Knowles, Elvis Mitchell, Roger Ebert, Stanley Kauffman, Michael Wilmington, B. Ruby Rich, Wesley Morris, Stewart Klawans, Richard Schickel, A.O. Scott, Kenneth Turan, Pauline Kael, Rex Reed, Penelope Spheeris, Leonard Maltin, John Waters, Liz Smith, Richard Linklater.
Description: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC; all region; widescreen.
Other Titles: Story of American film criticism
Responsibility: an AG Films production presents ; produced by Amy Geller ; written and directed by Gerald Peary.
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"From the raw beginnings of criticism before D.W. Griffith's 'The Birth of a Nation' to the incendiary Pauline Kael-Andrew Sarris debates of the 1960s and 70s, to the battle today between youthful on-liners and the print establishment, this documentary tells all through the insights and expertise of a diverse group of passionate film critics. Those who hear them may gain new respect for the profession of film criticism"--Container.

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For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism

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This expansive and illuminating documentary made by Gerald Peary, a scholar and long-time film critic for The Boston Phoenix, bluntly captures the impetus behind its making by beginning with this announcement: “Today, film criticism is a profession under siege.” Peary additionally observes...
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