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Gone with the Wind an inspiration for the American avant-garde? Mickey Mouse a crucial source for the development of cutting-edge intellectual and aesthetic ideas? As Greg Taylor shows in this witty and provocative book, the idea is not so far-fetched. One of the first-ever studies of American film criticism, Artists in the Audience shows that film critics, beginning in the 1940s, turned to the movies as raw material to be molded into a more radical modernism than that offered by any other contemporary artists or thinkers. In doing so, they offered readers a vanguard alternative that reshaped postwar American culture: nonaesthetic mass culture reconceived and refashioned into rich, personally relevant art by the attuned, creative spectator.
"Taylor constructs a detailed history of some of the most salient trends in Post-World War II American cinema and film criticism. . . . [His] points are well-taken and his analyses convincingly argued."--Robert L. Cagle, afterimage
"Lively, provocative reading. . . . This is a gripping saga as Taylor tells it, carefully constructed and lucidly written."--David Sterritt, Cineaste
"Greg Taylor's intriguing study of film critics takes both a discriminating and aesthetic approach to the subject. . . . An illuminating book."--Filmbill