Complete Film Criticism: Reviews, Essays, and Manuscripts - The Works Of James Agee (Hardback)
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Complete Film Criticism: Reviews, Essays, and Manuscripts - The Works Of James Agee (Hardback)

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A distinguished writer in multiple genres-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, social documentary- James Agee first gained widespread recognition as a movie reviewer and critic. In October 1944, not quite two years after he became the film columnist for the Nation, no less an eminence than poet W. H. Auden judged Agee's reviews to be "the most remarkable regular event in journalism today."

Scrupulously edited by Charles Maland, this volume stands as the definitive collection of Agee's film writing. Not only does it include all of his bylined Nation reviews (December 1942-September 1948), but it also brings together for the first time the entirety of his unsigned reviews and cover stories for Time (September 1942-November 1948), as identified by the magazine's archivist, Bill Hooper. Also included are various essays Agee produced for other publications-ranging from a prep school appreciation of F. W. Murnau's The Last Laugh to his celebrated Life magazine pieces on director John Huston and the great comedians of the silent era-as well as several previously unpublished manuscripts found in the Agee collections at the Universities of Tennessee and Texas, which offer additional insight into Agee's thoughts on movies and on film reviewing.

A constant moviegoer since childhood, Agee wrote about film with wit, keen perception, and high standards, always quick to express disappointment when a movie failed, in his eyes, to live up to what it might have been. But when a movie truly worked for him-William Wellman's The Story of G. I. Joe, Charles Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux, and Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madreare key examples-Agee could be both generous with praise and brimming with insight about the precise features he found so laudable.

Including an extensive introduction that details Agee's years as a film reviewer, significant characteristics of his style and aesthetic, and his broad influence on later critics, this volume will encourage a fresh understanding of both a remarkable writer and the medium he loved so much.

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
ISBN: 9781621902584
Number of pages: 944
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
James Agee changed American film criticism. This book shows why. We have for the first time all of Agee s reflections, published and unpublished, on the art he loved most. Agee s penetrating mind, patient eye, and lyrical prose show that film criticism can go beyond simply praising or disparaging the latest release. Agee s reviews display a moral and emotional engagement with the power of movies, and Charles Maland has given Agee his full due with a revealing historical introduction and diligent research. Complete Film Criticism demonstrates the full range of Agee s critical powers and is a must for any film-lover s library.
David Bordwell, Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies, Emeritus
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With substantial introductory materials and an impressive effort to comprehensively identify Agee s Time reviews, originally published anonymously, Complete Film Criticism is a more definitive work on Agee s film writing than any other book to date.
John Belton, Professor of English and Film, Rutgers University
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Agee's film reviews are insightful, entertaining, and, in their quiet way, genuinely poetic. Although best known for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and his Pulitzer-prize winning novel, he's equally brilliant as a film critic. Agee realized early on that even a Hollywood film could be, in the hands of the right director, a work of art, and it was a natural step for him to move from writing about film to becoming a first-rate, honored screenwriter.
Gerald Peary, Professor of Communications and Journalism, Suffolk University
"
"With substantial introductory materials and an impressive effort to comprehensively identify Agee's Time reviews, originally published anonymously, Complete Film Criticism is a more definitive work on Agee's film writing than any other book to date."
--John Belton, Professor of English and Film, Rutgers University

"James Agee changed American film criticism. This book shows why. We have for the first time all of Agee's reflections, published and unpublished, on the art he loved most. Agee's penetrating mind, patient eye, and lyrical prose show that film criticism can go beyond simply praising or disparaging the latest release. Agee's reviews display a moral and emotional engagement with the power of movies, and Charles Maland has given Agee his full due with a revealing historical introduction and diligent research. Complete Film Criticism demonstrates the full range of Agee's critical powers and is a must for any film-lover's library."
--David Bordwell, Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies, Emeritus

"Agee's film reviews are insightful, entertaining, and, in their quiet way, genuinely poetic. Although best known for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and his Pulitzer-prize winning novel, he's equally brilliant as a film critic. Agee realized early on that even a Hollywood film could be, in the hands of the right director, a work of art, and it was a natural step for him to move from writing about film to becoming a first-rate, honored screenwriter."
--Gerald Peary, Professor of Communications and Journalism, Suffolk University

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