Andrew Sarris: Director Categories from “The American Cinema: Directors and Directions ” [Published in ]. “The American Cinema is more than . The American cinema: directors and directions, Responsibility: by Andrew Sarris. Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed. Imprint: New York: Da Capo Press . Andrew Sarris. · Rating details · ratings · 16 reviews. “The American Cinema is the Citizen Kane of film criticism, a brilliant book that elevated American.
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This is a major flaw of the book and his thinking in general. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements.
Now the issue of credit could be set aside in favor of a more personal accounting: Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! That these ideas are widely accepted now is partly a measure of the book’s success, neither idea was mainstream in American film criticism in the sixties.
With this premise in mind, he searches out the directors of the American cinema–past and present–and finds the great ones, the really good ones, the overrated, etc. M and N Media Condition: Also, his critique of Billy Wilder is weak, as well. Finally, Stanley Kubrick won in the end, in that the generation after the writing of this book was influenced greatly by his work.
The book commences with “The woods and the trees”, one of the most brilliant analyses of the nature of film art in the era of the Hollywood Studio system. Hisham rated it really liked it Jan 22, Put broadly we might be happy to accept that some combination of Hitchcock, Hawks, Ford et al represent the pinnacle of American cinema not all of the most important American films were directed by the great or even the very good.
It is probably a net benefit that he was willing to be controversial on specific films, glibness notwithstanding. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His writerly talent makes the opinions never less than immensely readable, even through gritted teeth.
The book includes some British directors largely on the basis of their British films, but had very little on American independent or avant garde film. Retrieved from ” https: His writing is very accessible, and if you’re a film buff you’ll want to watch many of these movies you’ve never seen and rewatch the ones you love. Sarris’s The American Cinemathe bible of auteur studies, is a history of American film in the form of a lively guide to the work of two hundred film directors, from Griffith, Chaplin, and von Sternberg to Mike Nichols, Stanley Kubrick, and Jerry Lewis.
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On the other hand, those one-sentence broadsides hit the mark a fair amount of the time. Remarkable how relevant it still is – and so much more illuminating and entertaining as a canon to be aware of than the slipshod likes of ” films to see before you die”. Lest you think a paragraph or three may give short shrift to an entire career, I’d wager the intent was to right the balance of popular estimation, and to highlight contours some not always easy to discern of an oeuvre, rather than bog down with obsessive detail.
Jul 07, Richard Chandler rated it liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Criticism of the auteur theory often stems from a misunderstanding of xarris “dogmatic” nature.
In summary, this is the greatest work of the greatest English-speaking film critic who ever lived. Article PDF first page preview.
Maria rated it it was amazing Jun 28, The evil overlord from Galaxy Quest was named after him! He wrote for the Village Voice criticing films and literature before bringing the Auteur theory from France to America and employing it in analysis of Hitchcock’s film Psycho.
We established a dialectic. That these ideas are widely amerian now is partly a measure of the book’s success, neither idea was mainstream in American film crit This is a book based around two straightforward but powerful ideas. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But I guess it was Sarris who put it all down, strove to authenticate it, and demanded that film be seen as equal to the highbrow. Sign In Forgot password? Edition 1st Da Capo Press ed.
He also identified second—and third—tier directors, downplaying the work of Billy AndredDavid Leanand Stanley Kubrickamong others. Yes, Sarris was known to later redress a few of his estimations; that flexibility can also ammerican viewed as a long-term, historical strength. Dane rated it it was amazing Sep 30, Most famous for his essay “Notes on the Auteur theory” which popularized this film criticism technique in America.
Near fine in very good soiled and chipped unclipped dust jacket. In a couple of places the book, tantalizingly, raises the issue of the limitations of auteur theory. May 02, Alan Keep rated it it was ok.