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Film Quarterly: Forty YearsA Selection Paperback – May 18, 1999

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Film Quarterly is one of the premier journals of cinema, offering commentary that has piqued both popular and academic interest. This selection, celebrating four decades of stunning writing, collects many of the periodical's highlights in a single volume. The bulk of the book contains pieces written during the 1980s and '90s. One might wish for more coverage from the early days, when the journal was called Films of the Quarter and featured pieces by Andrew Sarris, Pauline Kael, Dwight MacDonald, and Stanley Kauffmann, but Brian Henderson's introduction describes this period with sufficient enthusiasm and authority to make up for any lack of older articles. Noel Carroll and J.P. Telotte discuss Hollywood's recent tendency to combine the genres of science fiction and horror. Joseph McBride transcribes testimony by the controversial Stepin Fetchit--the black comedian whose stereotyped portrayals are considered by many to be an embarrassment today. In a piece called "The Critic As Consumer," Virginia Wright Wexman talks about the controversies that have exploded regarding Hitchcock's Vertigo. Elsewhere in the collection, you'll discover Leonard J. Leff on Citizen Kane; Linda Williams, David MacDougall, and Bill Nichols on the art of the documentary; a symposium on new technologies in film and video production; and round-table discussions of Thelma & Louise and Scott MacDonald's Confessions of a Feminist Porn Watcher. In short, there's something for film fans of every taste and disposition in this expansive and well-edited volume. --Raphael Shargel


"For 40 years, Film Quartlerly magazine has been a touchstone for film buffs and professionals alike, making it a must-read for anyone who thinks the way images and stories are framed on celluloid is just as important as the finished product." Here in this volume, some of the most intriguing, thought-provoking articles are aligned in seven sections, including theory, genre, documentary and historical revisions. . . . This volume is non-stop fascination."--Chico News and Reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 583 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (May 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520216032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520216037
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,311,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be of use, not only in looking up material on fairly recent films, but as a reference source for some very interesting writing on the subject. I wish there had been more of the earlier pieces, done by critics who are now better known, but I think this volume will suit anyone truly interested in movies of the past few decades. For better or worse, film is the dominant art form of this century, and I welcome a book that serves not merely as a source of dry information, but as a starting point for discussion.
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1 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
Books like this are produced to sooth the inferiority complex of people who know their dealing with an illiterate medium that requires no thought, one which any imbecile E! entertainment viewer can experience. This volume can only serve to further inflate the self importance of trendy "autuer" directors & celebrities.
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