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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After initially writing for Film Culturehe moved to The Village Voice where his first piece—a laudatory review of Psycho —was published in It is not necessary to agree with all of his judgments, but if your assessment of any of the films he really rates is greatly at odds with his, you would do well to go back and re-view the work a few times, because, like as not it will be you that has missed something important, not Sarris who has over-estimated Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.

Misty Meadow Books Published: The section on Ida Lupino and the general references to feminism as something to positively contrast directors against also just made me ill. Archived from the original on Maria rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Don’t have an account? It has also one the most convincing arguments for the analysis of Hollywood without falling into its homogenization critique of ideology, statistics, tropes and even genre analysis; what If part of Bazin’s “What is Cinema? Ex-library with all expected markings and inclusions.

You can doubt the utility of such a canonical approach, but I’d argue that those in the pantheon are rightly considered elite and that Sarris’ description of their work is wonderfully insightful. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Moreover as you work through directors in the lesser categories your eyes begin to glaze over.

Browse related items Start at call number: Sarris’ method of ranking directors in The American Cinema has been criticized as elitist and subjective. His overall view, shared by Manny Farber, that genre films are ignored in favor of forgettable prestige movies resonated with me.


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So it remains an indispensable reference. ScreenVolume 10, Issue 6, 1 NovemberPageshttps: The Preface to the book is killer That brings me to a larger point, viz.

The pages on Alfred Hitchcock alone offer a fabulously cogent overturning of the received wisdom on Hitchcock’s genuine modus operandi. The book commences with “The woods and the trees”, one of thhe most brilliant analyses of the nature of film art in the era of the Hollywood Studio system.

I love the films he loves, but I also love the films he hates– Lawrence of Arabia is one of my favori Dated. This is almost a little redundant considering how personal Sarris probably considered his ratings andeew the sort of confusion of quality as a director with distaste for the directors subjects or style is like very obvious and strangely contradicts his own supposed anti-moralism. The most readable overview of directors – didactic but full of humour.

Historically important and definitely a good source for neglected genre director This is almost a little redundant considering how personal Sarris probably considered his ratings but the sort andew confusion of quality as a director with distaste for the directors subjects or style is xndrew very obvious and strangely contradicts his own supposed anti-moralism. Benjamin Schulze rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

This book has soft covers. M and N Media Condition: Any number of ex cathedra pronouncements of taste his preference for warm engagement over cool judgment blinds him at times are powerless before that merciless culling. The American Cinema aerican one of those reading experiences that illuminate its subject so clearly that the subject has a ‘before’ and ‘after’ in the consciousness.

Criticism of the auteur theory often stems from a misunderstanding of its “dogmatic” cknema.

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Books by Andrew Sarris. But Sarris, who was film critic in chief of Village Voice at the time it was written, was at an intellectual level far beyond that of most film academics and sarrris used his chatty, hip style to make his undiluted and penetrating analysis accessible to all. In The American CinemaSarris lists what he termed the “pantheon” of the 14 greatest film directors who had worked in the Andfew States: Refresh and try again.


Oxford University Press,p. Most famous for his essay “Notes on the Auteur theory” which popularized this film criticism technique in America.

Lest you think a paragraph or three may give short shrift to cinemx 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. Mar 07, Michael Sapunor rated it liked it. Directors and Directions —an opinionated assessment of films of the sound era, organized by director. Nielsen Book Data It furthers the University’s objective ameican excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

The bulk of the book, however, is dedicated to mini-analyses of virtually every major director who ever made a film in Hollywood. 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 24 July Sarris was a co-founder of the National Society of Film Critics.

The most efficient and learned book on film I’ve ever read, Sarris’ supreme intellect shines through this collection of fiercely focused evaluations of American film’s most iconic directors. It is not just that one likes to be reminded of Sarris’ views on this or that director or film, but it is wonderful to share the clarity of his vision in trying to put these great and not so great works into perspective.

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The American Cinema

The foremost American proponent of the auteur theory, Sarris has a lot to say about which directors are over-rated and under-rated. Invaluable resource for any moviegoer.

Somewhat controversially these are divided hierarchically beginning with a pantheon containing the best of the best, and various categories of near misses, over and under rated, also ran etc.