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"A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car."
— Kenneth Tynan

"Familiarity breeds contempt only among [movie] critics."
— Richard Corliss, in Time Magazine

Cinema  Critics  &  Theorists,  A to Z

'film criticism' topic at Wikipedia
list of film critics at Wikipedia
[U.S.A.] National Society of Film Critics [est. 1966] entry at Wikipedia
amateur movie critic 'Agoraphobic Movie Geek' website

FIPRESCI: The International Federation of Film Critics [est. 1925]

For the Love of Movies / American Film Criticism  "For The Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism" [festival circuit 2007]
80-minute docufilm written & directed by Gerald Peary {critic at The Boston Phoenix}; narrated by Patricia Clarkson; featuring Richard Corliss {Time Magazine}, David D'Arcy, Roger Ebert {The Chicago Sun-Times}, Otis Ferguson, Molly Haskell, Pauline Kael [1919-2001], Stanley Kauffmann, Stuart Klawans {The Nation Magazine}, Leonard Maltin, Janet Maslin, Elvis Mitchell, John Powers, Rex Reed, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Andrew Sarris, Richard Schickel, Lisa Schwarzbaum {Entertainment Weekly}, A.O. Scott {The New York Times}, David Sterritt, Mike Szymanski, Kenneth Turan {The Los Angeles Times}, Scott Weinberg & Michael Wilmington
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $5.99

Library of America American Movie Critics book edited by Phillip Lopate  "American Movie Critics: An Anthology From The Silents Until Now"
[2006] Edited by Phillip Lopate

Library of America 9¼x6 pb [1/2008] for $14.96
Library of America 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/2006] for $30.12
critics and writers included are James Agee, John Ashbery, James Baldwin, Vincent Canby, Manohla Dargis, Roger Ebert, Ralph Ellison, Manny Farber, Otis Ferguson, Brendan Gill, Molly Haskell, Pauline Kael, Vachel Lindsay, Carl Sandburg, Andrew Sarris, Richard Schickel, Susan Sontag, Edmund Wilson (and others)

author & critic James Agee [1909-55]
see listing as author, above

Hollis Alpert  [1916-2007]

André Bazin

director & critic Peter Bogdanovich
browse Peter Bogdanovich on DVDbrowse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

critic Patrick Brion of France
Patrick Brion's weblog (in French)

French-language 'Le Film Noir' book by Patrick Brion  "Le Film Noir: L'Áge d'Or du Film Criminel Américain" [2004] by Patrick Brion
Subjects include Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Stanley Kubrick, Nicholas Ray & Orson Welles
Editions de la Martinière French-language hardcover [9/2004] for €42,75 at Amazon France

Vincent Canby

Charles Champlin [1926-2014] of Los Angeles

Anupama Chopra, the film critic for India Today
author of several books; winner of the prestigious National Award for The Year's Best Book on Cinema from the President of India

"Sholay: The Making of a Classic" [2000]

Michel Ciment of France

Jay Cocks

Richard Corliss

Judith Crist

radio & TV critic Richard Crouse of Canada
official websiteIMDb listingWikipedia

host of Reel To Real on the Independent Film Channel, 1998-2008
weekly host & regular guest on Newstalk 1010-AM in Toronto since April 2008
currently a Toronto-based film critic for CTV's Canada A.M. and the CTV News Channel

Who Wrote The Book of Love? book by Richard Crouse  "Who Wrote The Book of Love?: The Stories Behind The Hits
- From Chuck Berry To Chumbawamba" [1998]

Doubleday Canada 8x5½ pb [8/98] out of print/used
100 Best Movies You've Never Seen book by Richard Crouse  "The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen" [2003 bestseller]
E.C.W. Press 8¾x7 pb [9/2003] for $17.23
Reel Winners book by Richard Crouse  "Reel Winners: Movie Award Trivia" [2005]
Dundurn Press 9x6 pb [9/2005] for $24.99
Son of 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen book by Richard Crouse  "The Son of The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen" [2008]
E.C.W. Press 9x6½ pb [9/2008] for $13.46

Bosley Crowther  [1905-81]
film critic at the New York Times, 1940-67
"The Lion's Share: The Story of An Entertainment Empire" [1957]
by Bosley Crowther ISBN 0404200710 ISBN 978-0404200718
"The Great Films: Fifty Golden Years of Motion Pictures" [Putnam, 1971]
by Bosley Crowther ISBN 0399103619 ISBN 978-0399103612
"Bosley Crowther: Social Critic of Yhe Film, 1940-1967" [1974]
by Frank Eugene Beaver ISBN 040504870X ISBN 978-0405048708

Manohla Dargis

Gilles Deleuze  [France; 1925-95]
Deleuze was an important French philosopher, while his later career dealt with cinema (as below)
'Le Course de Gilles Deleuze' at WebDeleuze {French-language only}

"L'Image-Mouvement" (The Movement-Image) [1983]

"L'Image-Temps" (The Time-Image) [1985]

"L'Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze" [France 1996 TV miniseries]
eight 1-hour episodes; Gilles Deleuze interviewed by Claire Parnet; directed by Pierre-André Boutang
video/DVD not available; credits at IMDb

The Brain Is the Screen: Deleuze & the Philosophy of Cinema book edited by Gregory Flaxman  
"The Brain Is the Screen: Deleuze and The Philosophy of Cinema"
[2000] Edited by Gregory Flaxman

Univ MN Press 8¾x6¼ pb [2/2000] for $21.15
Univ MN Press 9¼x6¼ library hardcover [2/2000] for $70.50
Deleuze on Cinema book by Ronald Bogue  "Deleuze On Cinema" [2003] by Ronald Bogue
"An extremely lucid and nearly seamless analysis of both of Deleuze's cinema books."
Routledge 9x6 pb [3/2003] for $25.55
Routledge 9¼x6½ hardcover [3/2003] for $100.00
Matrix of Visual Culture / Deleuze Film Theory book by Patricia Pisters  "The Matrix of Visual Culture: Working With Deleuze In Film Theory"
[2003] by Patricia Pisters

Stanford Univ Press 8¾x6 pb [7/2003] for $24.25
Stanford Univ Press hardcover [7/2003] for $60.00

Deleuze and World Cinemas by David Martin-Jones (Apr 21, 2011)

Deleuze and Cinema: The Film Concepts by Felicity Colman (Jul 5, 2011

David Denby
film critic for The New Yorker Magazine

Daniel Eagan
film critic for Film Journal and for The Hollywood Reporter

America's Film Legacy / Guide to the National Film Registry book by Daniel Eagan  "America's Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide To The
Landmark Movies In The National Film Registry" [2009]
by Daniel Eagan

Continuum Publng Group 9¾x7 pb [10/2009] for $17.96
Continuum Publng Group 10x7¼ hardcover [9/2009] for $97.06

Roger Ebert [1942-2013]
syndicated film review column based at the Chicago Sun-Times, 1967-2013
won the first-ever Pulitzer Prize for Film Criticism in 1975
browse booksofficial websiteIMDb listingWikipedia
received the 2010 Mel Novikoff Award [est. 1988] from San Francisco Intl. Film Festival [est. 1954]

Roger Ebert's Film Festival [April 2013 = #15] in Champaign, Ilinois
Roger Ebert's Journal homepage at the Chicago Sun-Times

"Life Itself" memoir [2011] by Roger Ebert
Chronicles the famous film critic’s struggle and recovery from alcoholism; his battle with thyroid cancer that left him
unable to eat, drink or speak; his marriage; his politics; and his spiritual beliefs.

"Life Itself: The Only Thing Roger Loved More Than Movies"
[Magnolia Pictures July 2014]
Ebert's 'Life Itself'  Announced 9/2012: A documentary film is being made from Roger Ebert's memoir, to be directed by Steve James; added 1/2013 {at Sundance}: C.N.N. Films acquired U.S. broadcast rights; the finished film will be released theatrically before it airs on C.N.N. in 2014 Co-produced by Martin Scorsese, Steven Zaillian, and director Steve James; based on Ebert's bestselling memoir; interviewees include Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Ava DuVernay, Errol Morris, wife Chaz Ebert, Ramin Bahrani, A.O. Scott, Marlene Iglitzen Siskel, with archive footage of Roger Ebert [1942-2013] & Gene Siskel [1946-99]
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitewatch 5/2014 official trailer [2:22] at YouTube

Lotte H. Eisner  [1896-1983]
credits at IMDbentry at Wikipedia

employed 1945-75 as archivist at Cinémathèque Française [est. 1936] in Paris, France

F.W. Murnau biography by Lotte H. Eisner  "F.W. Murnau" [1964 & 1973]
by Lotte H. Eisner

Univ CA Press English translation pb [6/73] out of print/used
Univ CA Press English translation hardcover [6/73] out of print/used
Le Terrain Vague French-language pb [1964] out of print/imported

see also Magic Lantern's F.W. Murnau [1888-1931] Page

Expressionism in the German Cinema book by Lotte Eisner   "The Haunted Screen: Expressionism In The German Cinema & The Influence of Max Reinhardt" [orig 1969, rev 2008]
by Lotte H. Eisner

Univ CA Press 2nd Edition 8x5½ pb [9/2008] for $20.65
Thames & Hudson Ltd hardcover [10/69] out of print/used

Manny Farber  [1917-2008]
Farber's film criticism & essays appeared in Artforum, City, Film Comment,
The Nation, The New Leader, and New Republic
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia
received the 2003 Mel Novikoff Award [est. 1988] from San Francisco Intl. Film Festival [est. 1954]

Negative Space, Manny Farber on the Movies book  
"Negative Space: Manny Farber On The Movies" [1971]
Preface by Robert Walsh

Perseus Publng Expanded Edition 8x5 pb [3/98] out of print/used
Studio Vista hardcover [4/71] out of print/used
Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber book edited by Robert Polito  "Farber On Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber" [2009]
Edited by Robert Polito

Library of America 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/2009] for $26.40

Otis Ferguson

Hollis Frampton [1936-84]
official websitecredits at IMDbentry at Wikipedia

The Writings of Hollis Frampton book edited by Bruce Jenkins  
"On The Camera Arts and Consecutive Matters:
The Writings of Hollis Frampton" [2009]
Edited by Bruce Jenkins

M.I.T. Press 9¼x7¼ hardcover [4/2009] for $26.37

Leslie Halliwell

Molly Haskell
She was married to fellow critic Andrew Sarris [1928-2012] from 1969
add more books • official homepage

Frankly, My Dear Gone With Yhe Wind Revisited book by Molly Haskell  
"Frankly, My Dear: Gone With Yhe Wind Revisited" [2009]
by Molly Haskell

Yale Univ Press 8¼x5½ hardcover [2/2009] for $16.32

J. Hoberman
Suddenly let go from longtime Village Voice chief film critic position 1/2012:
hired 2/2012 at Blouin ARTINFO, the online art and culture publication.

Pauline Kael  [1919-2001]
movie critic at McCall's Magazine in 1966 and at The New Republic, 1966-67
film critic in The New Yorker Magazine, 1968 to 1991
browse booksIMDb listing [1970-2009]Wikipedia

received the 1991 Mel Novikoff Award [est. 1988] from San Francisco Intl. Film Festival [est. 1954]
essay about Pauline Kael by Nathan Heller in The New Yorker Magazine, October 2011

Pauline Kael biography A Life in the Dark by Brian Kellow  "Pauline Kael: A Life In The Dark" biography [2011]
by Brian Kellow

Viking 9¼x6 hardcover [10/2011] for $18.45
 book by James Wolcott  "Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty In Seventies New York" [2011] by James Wolcott
Vanity Fair Magazine culture critic Wolcott has a lot to say about spending time with his 'guiding light' Pauline Kael, among other tales.
Doubleday 8¼x5¾ hardcover [10/2011] for $15.64

Lost It At The Movies book by Pauline Kael  "I Lost It At The Movies: The Essential Kael Collection, From '54 To '65" [1965]
"A savagely-written book by America's most controversial movie critic"; movies reviewed include Vittorio De Sica's masterpiece "Shoeshine" [1947], Elia Kazan's "On The Waterfront" [1954], Ingmar Bergman's "Smiles of A Summer Night" [1955], "West Side Story" [1961], Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" [1954], Kubrick's "Lolita" [1962], and François Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" [1962]
Marion Boyars Publrs 8½x5½ pb [1994] for $13.10
Bantam mass pb [1966] out of print/used
Bantam 8½x6 pb [1965] out of print/used
Atlantic Monthly Press hardcover [1965] out of print/used

"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" [1968] ISBN 0-31648-163-7 /0714506583/
"Going Steady" [1969] ISBN 0-55305-880-0 /0714529761/
"Deeper Into Movies" [1973] /0714509418/
"Reeling" [1976] /0316481793/
"When The Lights Go Down" [1980) ISBN 0-03042-511-5 /0030568420/
"5001 Nights At The Movies" [1982] /0805013679/
"Taking It All In" [1984] ISBN 0-03069-362-4
"State of The Art" [1987] ISBN 0-71452-869-2
"Hooked: Film Writings" [1989]
"The Magical Eye" docufilm [NFBC 1989] /tt0210826/
"Movie Love" [1991]
"For Keeps" [1994]
"Raising Kane, and Other Essays" [1996]
"For The Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism" docufilm [2009] /tt1241707/

"The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael" [2011]
Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [DUE Oct 2011] for $26.40

Stanley Kauffmann  [1916-2013]
movie critic at The New Republic, 1958-2013
author page at The New RepublicIMDb listing [1965-2003]Wikipedia

Kauffmann's memoir "Albums of A Life" [Sheep Meadow Press 2007]
"About the Theater" [Sheep Meadow Press 2010]

Ten Great Films book by Stanley Kauffmann  "Ten Great Films" [2012] by Stanley Kauffmann
Two of the movies examined are Sergei M. Eisenstein's "The Battleship Potemkin" [1925]
and Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot" [1959]

Sheep Meadow Press 8¾x6¼ pb [11/2012] for $12.56

Stuart Klawans
has been the film critic for The Nation Magazine since 1988

Anthony Lane

poet & critic Vachel Lindsay [1879-1931] Page
at Spirit of America Bookstore

Art PoPix  "The Art of The Moving Picture" [orig 1915; rev 2000]
by Vachel Lindsay; edited by Martin Scorsese

Kindle Edition from Modern Library [12/2010] for $11.99
Modern Library 8x5 pb [3/2000] for $13.77
original editions:
CreateSpace 10x8 pb [9/2011] for $12.99
IndyPublish 9x6 pb [2/2005] for $35.99
Progress and Poetry of The Movies book edited by Myron Lounsbury  "The Progress and Poetry of The Movies: A Second Book of
Film Criticism by Vachel Lindsay" [written 1925, publd 1995]
Edited with commentary by Myron Lounsbury

Scarecrow Press hardcover [8/95] for $124.30 {sic}
Vachel Lindsay, Poet As Film Theorist book by Glenn Joseph Wolfe   "Vachel Lindsay: The Poet As Film Theorist" [1964]
by Glenn Joseph Wolfe

Arno Press 9¾x6½ hardcover [6/73] out of print/scarce

columnist Leonard Lyons [1906-76]
Broadway columnist with the New York Post, 1934-74
IMDb listing [1947-49]Wikipedia

Stories My Father Told Me book by Jeffrey Lyons  
"Stories My Father Told Me: Notes From The Lyons Den" [2011]
by Jeffrey Lyons

Abbeville Press 10x7 hardcover [6/2011] for $21.50
critic Jeffrey Lyons [b. 1944]
film critic on WPIX, 1970-91; hosted "The Lyons Den" radio show on WCBS-AM, 1975-93;
co-host of "Sneak Previews", 1982-96; film & theatre critic on WNBC, 1996-2009
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

101 Great Movies for Kids book by Jeffrey Lyons  "Jeffrey Lyons' 101 Great Movies For Kids" [1996]
Fireside 9x6¼ pb [4/96] for $18.95
Lyons's choices range from obvious to surprising, such as: "A Christmas Story"; "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court"; "The Adventures of Robin Hood" [1938] with Errol Flynn; "Around The World In 80 Days"; "Bad Day At Black Rock" with Spencer Tracy; "The Bridge On The River Kwai"; "Captain Blood" [1935] with Errol Flynn; "The Court Jester" with Danny Kaye; "Field of Dreams"; "Friendly Persuasion"; "Harvey"; "Hoosiers"; "How The West Was Won"; "Inherit The Wind"; Hemingway's "Islands In The Stream"; "The King and I"; "Little Women"; Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon" [1937]; John Ford's "Mister Roberts" [1955]; Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" [1939]; "Mutiny On The Bounty"; Frank Capra's "Pocketful of Miracles" [1961]; "The Red Balloon"; John Steinbeck's "The Red Pony"; "Stand and Deliver" with Edward James Olmos; "To Kill A Mocking-bird"; and "Treasure Island"

critic & historian  Leonard Maltin

Movie Comedy Teams book by Leonard Maltin  
"Movie Comedy Teams" [1970] by Leonard Maltin
"An affectiuonate and penetrating history of the unforgettable comic combinations that made millions laugh. Fully illustrated, with a complete Filmography and Index"
Plume mass pb [8/85] out of print/used
Great Movie Shorts book by Leonard Maltin  "The Great Movie Shorts: Those Wonderful One- and Two-Reelers of The Thirties & Forties" [1972]
by Leonard Maltin, with 'more than 200 nostalgic photos'

Crown Publrs 11x8½ hardcover [1972] out of print/used
The Disney Films book by Leonard Maltin  "The Disney Films" [orig 1973]
by Leonard Maltin

Disney Books 11x8½ 4th edition pb [8/2000] out of print/used
Disney Books 11x8½ 3rd edition pb [9/95] out of print/many used
Crown hardcover [1973] out of print/used
Random House hardcover [1973] out of print/used
Little Rascals & Our Gang book by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann  "The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang - A Nostalgic Look At The Careers & The 221 Films of America's Most-Beloved Mischief-Makers" [orig 1977] by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann
Three Rivers Press 10¾x8½ pb [rev 11/92] for $16.46
Crown Books pb [4/84] out of print/used
Crown Books hardcover [7/80] out of print/used
Of Mice & Magic book by Leonard Maltin  
"Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons"
[1980] by Leonard Maltin

Plume 9¼x7½ pb [12/87] for $19.80
McGraw-Hill hardcover [4/80] out of print/used
Great Movie Comedians book by Leonard Maltin  "The Great Movie Comedians, From Charlie Chaplin To Woody Allen" [1982]
by Leonard Maltin

Random House pb [3/82] out of print/used
Random House Value Publng hardcover [12/88] out of print/many used
Harmony hardcover [6/82] out of print/used

Gerald Mast [1940-88] = America's 'film-scholar laureate'

Short History of the Movies book by Gerald Mast & Bruce Kawin  "A Short History of the Movies" [orig 1971, rev 2011]
by Gerald Mast & Bruce Kawin

Pearson ABRIDGED 11th Edition 9x7½ pb [3/2011] for $70.05
Pearson UNABR 11th Edition 9x7½ pb [1/2010] for $123.98

Michael Medved
is an idealogue, not a critic

Jean Mitry [1907-88] of France

James Monaco [b. 1942]

Wesley Morris
film critic at The Boston Globe since 2002; won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

Devin D. O'Leary
film critic at The Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque, New Mexico

British film journalist Brian Pendreigh
"Inside Out Film" weblog {last update Aug 2011}

Jonathan Rosenbaum
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia
film critic at the weekly Chicago Reader, 1987-2008
currently a professor of film studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia

Jonathan Rosenbaum's blog (with all articles back to 1957}

"Moving Places: A Life At The Movies" autobiography [1980]
"Film: The Front Line" [1983]

Placing Movies, Practice of Film Criticism book by Jonathan Rosenbaum   "Placing Movies: The Practice of Film Criticism" [1995]
by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Univ CA Press 8¾x6¼ pb [5/95] for $26.95
Univ CA Press hardcover [5/95] out of print/used
"Movies As Politics" [1997]
"Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and The American Dream" [1998 TV documentary] /tt0141163/
"Movie Wars: How Hollywood and The Media Limit What Movies We Can See" [2002]
"Essential Cinema" [2004]
"Midnight Movies: From The Margin To The Mainstream" documentary [2005] /tt0457414/
"For The Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism" documentary [2009] /tt1241707/
"Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia: Film Culture In Transition" [10/2010] /0226726657/

Andrew Sarris [1928-2012]
He was married to fellow critic Molly Haskell from 1969 to 2012
received the 1993 Mel Novikoff Award [est. 1988] from San Francisco Intl. Film Festival [est. 1954]

"The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968" [1968 classic]

Magic Lantern's
film critic Richard Schickel Page

John Simon

David Sterritt
critic at the Christian Science Monitor, 1968-2005

David Thomson
regular contributor to The New York Times, Film Comment, Movieline, The New Republic, and Salon
author page at The New RepublicIMDb listing [since 1987]Wikipedia

Have You Seen? / Introduction To 1,000 Films book by David Thomson  
"Have You Seen ... ?: A Personal Introduction To 1,000 Films" [2008]
by David Thomson

Knopf 9½x6¾ hardcover [10/2008] for $26.37
The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies book by David Thomson  "The Big Screen: The Story of The Movies" [2012]
by David Thomson

Kindle Edition from FS&G/Macmillan [10/2012] for $14.44
Farrar, Straus & Giroux 9x6½ hardcover [10/2012] for $21.63
Moments That Made the Movies book by David Thomson  "Moments That Made The Movies" [2013] by David Thomson
book of film reviews, captured in a few pages each, with 250 glorious still
photographs accompanying each brief analysis

Thames & Hudson 10¼x8½ hardcover [10/2013] for $19.97

Kenneth Turan
film critic at the Los Angeles Times since 1991
Kenneth Turan entry at Wikipedia
lecturer on film at U.S.C.

"Sinema: American Pornographic Films and The People Who Make Them" [1974]

Sundance To Sarajevo  "Sundance To Sarajevo: Film Festivals and The World They Made" [2002]
by Kenneth Turan

Univ CA Press 9x6 pb [11/2003] for $12.44
Univ CA Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [4/2002] for $35.00
Never Coming To A Theater Near You book by Kenneth Turan  "Never Coming To A Theater Near You: A Celebration of A Certain Kind of Movie" [2004]
by Kenneth Turan

PublicAffairs bargain-priced 8x5½ pb [11/2005] for $3.34 [sic]
PublicAffairs 9¼x6 hardcover [9/2004] for $25.00

"Now In Theaters Everywhere" [2006]

Not to be Missed 54 Favorites book by Kenneth Turan  "Not To Be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites From A Lifetime of Film" [2014] by Kenneth Turan
Kindle Edition from PublicAffairs [6/2014] for $14.49
PublicAffairs 9¼x6¼ hardcover [6/2014] for $19.88
includes Turan's praise of: "Fantomas" [France 1913-1914] by Louis Feuillade; "Sherlock Jr." silent feature [1924] by Buster Keaton; "Pass The Gravy" silent short [1928]; "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" [1932]; "Bombshell" [1933] starring Jean Harlow; "The Dybbuk" [Poland 1937]; "Make Way For Tomorrow" [1937] by Leo McCarey; "Love Affair" [1939] by Leo McCarey; "Pride and Prejudice" [1940]; "The Shop Around The Corner" [1940] by Ernst Lubitsch; "The Lady Eve" [1941] by Preston Sturges; "Strawberry Blonde" [1941] by Raoul Walsh; "To Be or Not To Be" [1942] by Ernst Lubitsch; "Strawberry Blonde" [1941] by Raoul Walsh; "Casablanca" [1942] by Michael Curtiz; "Random Harvest" [1942]; "Children of Paradise" [France 1945] by Marcel Carné; "Great
Expectations" [1946] by David Lean; "The Bicycle Thieves" [Italy 1948] by Vittorio de Sica; "The Third Man" [1949] starring Orson Welles; Oscar-winner "All About Eve" [1950]; "The Asphalt Jungle" [1950] by John Huston; "Sunset Blvd." [1950] by Billy Wilder; "Casque d’Or" [France 1952]; "The Import-ance of Being Earnest" [1952]; "Singin’ In The Rain" [1952]; "The Earrings of Madame De ..." [1953] by Max Ophüls; "Seven Samurai" [1954] by Akira Kurosawa; "Kiss Me Deadly" [1955]; "Seven Men from Now, 1956] by Budd Boetticher, starring Randolph Scott; "Sweet Smell of Success" [1957]; "Vertigo" [1958] by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart; "Touch of Evil" [1958] by Orson Welles; "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" 1962] by John Ford, starring John Wayne & James Stewart; "The Gospel According To St. Matthew" [Italy 1964] by Pier Paolo Pasolini; "Chimes At Midnight"
[1965] by Orson Welles; "Point Blank" [1967] starring Lee Marvin; "Le Samourai" [France 1967] by Jean-Pierre Melville; "Kes" [1969] by Ken Loach; "The Godfather" [1972] by Francis Ford Coppola; "Chinatown" [1974] by Roman Polanski, starring Jack Nicholson; "The Day After Trinity" documentary [1981]; "First Contact" documentary [1984]; "Distant Voices, Still Lives" [1988]; "Howard’s End" [1992] by James Ivory; "Leolo" [Canada 1992]; Oscar-winner "Unforgiven" [1992] by Clint Eastwood; "Spirited Away" [Japan 2001] by animator Hayao Miyazaki; "The Best of Youth" [Italy 2003]; "The Five Obstructions" documentary [Denmark 2003]; "Stranded" documentary [2008]; "A Prophet" [France 2009]; "Senna" documentary [2010]; "Of Gods and Men" [France 2010]; and "Footnote" [Israel 2011] — plus a chapter on the 55th film and another chapter listing 54 more

Michael Wilmington

           Books  On  Cinema  Aesthetics           

Art PoPix  "The Art of The Moving Picture" [orig 1915; rev 2000]
by Vachel Lindsay [1879-1931]; edited by Martin Scorsese

Kindle Edition from Modern Library [12/2010] for $11.99
Modern Library 8x5 pb [3/2000] for $13.77
original editions:
CreateSpace 10x8 pb [9/2011] for $12.99
IndyPublish 9x6 pb [2/2005] for $35.99
Carl Sandburg's Film Reviews & Essays book edited by Arnie Bernstein  
"The Movies Are: Carl Sandburg's Film Reviews and Essays, 1920-1928" [2000]
Edited & with commentary by Arnie Bernstein, Introduction by Roger Ebert

Lake Claremont Press 9x6 pb [10/2000] for $17.95
1933 classic Our Movie Made Children book by Henry James Forman  "Our Movie-Made Children" [1933 classic] by H.J. Forman
described as 'a popular summary of twelve independent investigations made during 1929 to 1933 at the request of the Motion Picture Research Council, supported by the Payne Fund'
Mellon Press 8½x5½ pb [6/2008] for $29.95
Bowen Press 8¼x5½ pb [10/2007] for $29.45
Theory of Film book by Siegfried Kracauer  "Theory of Film: The Redemption of Physical Reality" [orig 1960]
by Siegfried Kracauer [1899-1966], Introduction by Miriam Hansen

"Kracauer's magnum opus of media aesthetics"
Princeton Univ Press 8x5¼ pb [11/97] for $21.75
Oxford Univ Press 9x6 pb [12/65] out of print/used
Cinema As Art book by Stephenson & Debrix  "The Cinema As Art" [1966]
by Ralph Stephenson & J.R. Debrix

Penguin 7x5 pb [2/90] out of print/used
Penguin 7x5 pb [4/66] out of print/used
Origins of American Film Criticism dissertation by Myron O. Lounsbury  "The Origins of American Film Criticism, 1909-1939" [1972]
by Myron Lounsbury

Ayer Co. Publng hardcover [8/72] out of print/used
Film Art textbook & CD-ROM by David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson  "Film Art: An Introduction" [orig 1979] with tutorial CD-ROM
by David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson

McGraw-Hill 8th edition 10¾x8½ pb & CD-ROM [11/2006] for $79.87
McGraw-Hill 6th edition 10x8½ pb [6/2003] out of print/used
David Bordwell's official website
Le Cinéma Américain book edited by Raymond Bellour  "Le Cinéma Américain: Analyses de Films" [1980]
Edited by Raymond Bellour

Flammarion French-language pb [1/92] import/used
Flammarion French-language pb [1/92] for €29,49 from Amazon France
Hollywood Genres & The Studio System book by Thomas Schatz  "Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Filmmaking, and The Studio System" [1981]
by Thomas Schatz

McGraw-Hill 9x7¼ pb [2/81] for $63.70
Temple Univ Press hardcover [2/81] out of print/used
How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties book by Peter Biskind  "Seeing Is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us To Stop Worrying and Love The Fifties" [1983] by Peter Biskind
Holt 8x5½ pb [9/2000] out of print/many used
Pantheon 9x6 pb [10/83] out of print/many used
Philosophy of The Film book by Ian Jarvie  "Philosophy of The Film: Epistemology, Ontology, Aesthetics" [1987]
by Ian Jarvie

Routledge 8½x5¾ library hardcover [8/87] for $130.00
A.F.I. Film Readers Series Classical Hollywood Comedy book edited by Kristine Brunovska Karnick & Henry Jenkins  "Classical Hollywood Comedy (A.F.I. Film Readers Series)" [1994]
Edited by Kristine Brunovska Karnick & Henry Jenkins

Routledge 8¾x6 pb [10/94] for $35.05
Routledge 10x8 hardcover [10/94] out of print/used
Poetics of Cinema book trilogy by Raúl Ruiz  "Poetics of Cinema" [1995] by Raúl Ruiz [1941-2011; Chile]
Seven chapters derived from Ruiz's lectures; intended as a trilogy
Dis Voir English translation 8¼x6 pb [3/95] for $20.88
"Poetics of Cinema 2" [2006] by Raúl Ruiz
Foreword and nine chapters
Dis Voir English translation 8¼x6¼ pb [2/2007] for $19.00
Placing Movies, Practice of Film Criticism book by Jonathan Rosenbaum   "Placing Movies: The Practice of Film Criticism" [1995]
by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Univ CA Press 8¾x6¼ pb [5/95] for $26.95
Univ CA Press hardcover [5/95] out of print/used
Close Up / Cinema And Modernism book edited by James Donald, Anne Friedberg & Laura Marcus  "Close Up, 1927-1933: Cinema and Modernism" [1998]
Edited by James Donald, Anne Friedberg & Laura Marcus

The magazine "Close Up" championed avant-garde filmmaking in Europe.
Princeton Univ Press 9½x6½ pb [1/99] for $46.95
Continuum 9½x6¾ pb [2001] for $49.95
Continuum hardcover [5/98] out of print/used
Film Quarterly Forty Years book edited by Brian Henderson & Ann Martin  "Film Quarterly: Forty Years - A Selection" [1999]
Edited by Brian Henderson & Ann Martin

Univ California Press 10x7 pb [4/99] out of print/50+ used
Univ California Press hardcover [4/99] out of print/used
You're Only Young Twice / Children's Literature & Film book by Tim Morris  "You're Only Young Twice: Children's Literature and Film" [2000]
by Tim Morris

Univ Illinois Press 9x6¼ hardcover [1/2000] for $37.80
American Cinema & Hollywood Critical Approaches book by John Hill & Pamela Church Gibson  "American Cinema and Hollywood: Critical Approaches" [2000]
by John Hill & Pamela Church Gibson

Oxford Univ Press pb [2/2000] for $44.95
Cinema Nation 1913-2000  "Cinema Nation: The Best Writing On Film From The Nation, 1913-2000" [2000]
Edited by Carl Bromley

Thunder's Mouth Press 9x6 pb [10/2000] for $16.95
American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing book by Tom Stempel  "American Audiences On Movies and Moviegoing" [2001]
by Tom Stempel

Univ Press of Kentucky 9x6¼ hardcover [1/2001] for $36.00
Films and Critics in American Culture book by Raymond J. Haberski, Jr.  "It's Only a Movie! Films and Critics In American Culture" [2001]
by Raymond J. Haberski, Jr.

Kindle Edition from Univ Press Kentucky [2001 edition] for $19.25
Univ Press Kentucky 9x6 hardcover [5/2001] for $40.00
Audience Studies Reader book edited by Will Brooker & Deborah Jermyn  "The Audience Studies Reader" [2002] Edited by Will Brooker & Deborah Jermyn
Editors introduce each essay by contributors including Theodor Adorno, Ien Ang, Camille Bacon-Smith, Jacqueline Bobo, Martin Barker, Michel de Certeau, Dawn Currie, Barbara Ehrenreich, John Fiske, George Gerbner, Marie Gillespie, Larry Gross, Sara Gwenllian-Jones, Miriam Hansen, Richard Hoggart, Henry Jenkins, Sut Jhally, Elihu Katz, Paul F. Lazarsfeld, Justin Lewis, Tamar Liebes, Angela McRobbie, Robert Merton, David Morley, David Muggleton, Laura Mulvey, Janice Radway, Philip Schlesinger, Esther Sonnet, Jackie Stacey, Frederic Wertham, Charles Winick, and Gregory Woods
Routledge 9½x6¾ pb [12/2002] for $39.01
Routledge 9¾x7 hardcover [12/2002] for $140.00

Looking At Movies book & CD-ROM by Richard Barsam  "Looking At Movies: An Introduction To Film" book & CD-ROM [orig 2003]
by Richard Barsam
{ see 2009 Third Edition below }
2nd edition: Norton 10x7¾ pb & CD-ROM [11/2006] 2 disks & book for $21.32
2nd edition: Norton 10x7¾ pb & CD-ROM [9/2006] CD disk & book - out of print/used
2nd edition {textbook only}: Norton 10x7 pb [11/2006] out of print/many used
1st edition: Norton 9x7¼ pb & CD-ROM [8/2003] out of print/many used
America On Film / Representing Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality book  "America On Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality At The Movies"
[2003] by Harry M. Benshoff & Sean Griffin

Wiley-Blackwell 2nd Edition 9½x7½ pb [1/2009] for $35.95
Wiley-Blackwell 9½x6½ pb [10/2003] for $39.15
Wiley-Blackwell 9¾x6¾ hardcover [10/2003] for $112.69
Film Analysis Norton Reader book edited by R. L. Rutsky & Jeffrey Geiger  "Film Analysis: A Norton Reader" [2005]
Edited by Jeffrey Geiger & R.L. Rutsky

W.W. Norton pb [6/2005] for $32.55
Eisenstein Collection book edited by Richard Taylor  "The Eisenstein Collection" [26 essays; 2006]
by Sergei M. Eisenstein, edited by Richard Taylor

Seagull Books 9½x6¼ pb [3/2006] for $34.20

see also Magic Lantern's Sergei M. Eisenstein [1898-1948] Page

Story and Style in Modern Movies book by David Bordwell  "The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style In Modern Movies" [2006]
by David Bordwell

Univ CA Press 9x6 pb [4/2006] for $16.47
Univ CA Press 9x5¾ hardcover [4/2006] for $60.00
author's official website
Power of Film book by Howard Suber  "The Power of Film" [2006]
by Howard Suber
{U.C.L.A. Professor Emeritus}
Michael Wiese Prodns 8½x5½ pb [9/2006] for $18.26
Pervert's Guide to Cinema documentary film starring Slavoj Zizek  "The Pervert's Guide To Cinema" 2½-hour documentary
[Channel 4 TV/ICA Projects Oct 2006, USA Jan 2009]

"An exhilarating ride thru some of the greatest movies ever made ... [an] engaging and passionate approach to thinking [and] the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves" Co-produced & directed by Sophie Fiennes; written by & starring Slavoj Žižek; original music by Brian Eno
DVD available at producer's movie site • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

Complete Idiot's Guide to Classic Movies book by Lee Pfeiffer  "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Classic Movies" [2006] by Lee Pfeiffer
Alpha Books 9x7¼ pb [11/2006] out of print/used
thumbnail critiques of over 350 movies from the Silent Era thru 1969, with indexes, appendices, quotes & other lists; movies covered range across "The Birth of A Nation" [1915], "Intolerance" [1916], "Greed" [1924], "The Maltese Falcon" [1941], "The African Queen" [1951], "The Seven Samurai"
, "The 400 Blows" [1959], "The Magnificent Seven" [1960], "2001: A Space Odyssey" [1968], "Easy Rider" [1969], and "The Wild Bunch" [1969]
The Art of Watching Films textbook & CD-ROM by Joseph Boggs & Dennis Petrie  
"The Art of Watching Films: A Guide to Film Analysis" with CD-ROM [2006]
by Joseph M. Boggs & Dennis W. Petrie

7th edition: McGraw-Hill 9x7½ pb & tutorial CD-ROM [12/2006] for $79.87
7th edition: McGraw-Hill pb [12/2006] out of print/used
Poetics of Cinema book by David Bordwell  "Poetics of Cinema" [2007]
by David Bordwell

Routledge 10x7 pb [10/2007] for $40.50
Routledge 10x7 hardcover [10/2007] for $97.41
author's official website
Critical Eye, Looking at Movies book by Margo Kasdan & Susan Tavernetti  "The Critical Eye: An Introduction To Looking At Movies" [orig 1998, rev 2008]
by Margo Kasdan & Susan Tavernetti

4th Edition: Kendall Hunt Publng 9x6 pb [2/2008] for $58.42
3rd Edition: Kendall Hunt Publng 9x6 pb [6/2002] out of print/used
Short Guide To Writing About Film book by Timothy Corrigan  "A Short Guide To Writing About Film" [orig 1994; rev 2009]
by Timothy Corrigan

Longman Press 7th Edition 8x5½ pb [2/2009] for $31.78
Longman Press 6th Edition 8¼x5½ pb [1/2006] for $26.64
Looking At Movies book & CD-ROM Third Edition by Richard Barsam & Dave Monahan  "Looking At Movies: An Introduction To Film" book & CD-ROM
[orig 2003, rev 2009] by Richard Barsam & Dave Monahan

3rd edition: Norton 10x8 pb & CD-ROM [9/2009] 2 disks & book for $69.44
3rd edition: Norton 7½x5¼ pb & CD-ROM [9/2009] 2 disks & book for $34.36
3rd edition {textbook only}: Norton 9½x8 pb [9/2009] out of print/used
Complete History of American Film Criticism book by Jerry Roberts  "The Complete History of American Film Criticism" [2010] by Jerry Roberts
featured critics include James Agee, Cecelia Ager, Vincent Canby, Charles Champlin, Judith Crist, Manohla Dargis, David Denby, Roger Ebert, Manny Farber, Otis Ferguson, Pauline Kael, Stanley Kauffmann, Leonard Maltin, Janet Maslin, Terrence Rafferty, Andrew Sarris, Richard Schickel, A.O. Scott, Gilbert Seldes, John Simon, Gene Siskel, and Kenneth Turan
Kindle Edition from Santa Monica Press [2/2010] for $12.09
Santa Monica Press 9x6 hardcover [2/2010] for $20.40
War, Politics & Superheroes / Ethics & Propaganda book by Marc DiPaolo  "War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda In Comics and Film" [2011]
by Marc DiPaolo

featured superheroes include Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Superman, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men
Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [4/2011] for $16.19
McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [3/2011] for $42.75
Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema / Sartrean Perspective book edited by Jean-Pierre Boule & Enda McCaffrey  "Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective" [2011]
Edited by Jean-Pierre Boulé & Enda McCaffrey

Berghahn Books 9½x6¼ hardcover [10/2011] for $70.00
Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema / Beauvoirian Perspective book by Jean-Pierre Boule & Ursula Tidd  "Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective" [2012]
by Jean-Pierre Boulé & Ursula Tidd

Berghahn Books 9x6 hardcover [10/2012] for $70.00
Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory book edited by Edward Branigan & Warren Buckland  "The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory: An International Reference" [2013]
Edited by Edward Branigan & Warren Buckland

Kindle Edition from Routledge [12/2013] for $45.24 (sic}
Routledge 10x7¼ pb [1/2015] for $47.62
Routledge 10x8 hardcover [11/2013] for $173.46 {sic}

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