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Guiltless Pleasures: A David Sterritt Film Reader collects his most incisive essays from 1970 to the present. The collection emphasizes films and ...
Guiltless Pleasures: A David Sterritt Film Reader collects his most incisive essays from 1970 to the present. The collection emphasizes films and filmmakers that are often overlooked or undervalued because they stray from ordinary norms of commercial cinema. While focusing on such rewarding challenges as the avant-garde masterpieces of Stan Brakhage, the unsettling videos of Robert Wilson, and the violent, disturbing films of Gaspar Noé, Sterritt writes equally well and insightfully on mainstream Hollywood films.
At a time when admitting to "guilty pleasures" has become a common pastime among serious moviegoers, Sterritt argues that there's no reason to feel guilty about the alchemy of cinema. After all, he maintains, the inner journeys we take by means of movies and other cultural works are a large part of what makes life worth living.
David Sterritt is chairman of the National Society of Film Critics. He is the author of Screening the Beats: Media Culture and the Beat Sensibility, The Films of Jean-Luc Godard, and Mad to Be Saved: The Beats, the '50s, and Film, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Film Comment, and Cineaste. He lives in New York City.
|Fumbling in the dark, or, sorrows of a film critic||3|
|Films, fatigue, and why a critic's opinions are just as iffy as yours||12|
|Cinephilia, cinemania, cinema||19|
|Hollywood players who've made a difference : Cassavetes, Eastwood, Martin, Nicholson||31|
|Defining the situation : Brando, role-playing, and the western as performance art||50|
|Novelists and their movies : Mailer, Doctorow, Irving||66|
|Allegory and enigma : the enduring fascination of fantasy||75|
|Life isn't sweet : the movies of Mike Leigh||82|
|Monty Python : lust for glory||109|
|Creepies, crawlies, conundrums : David Cronenberg comes of age||124|
|Fargo : the middle of nowhere?||132|
|Coppola, Vietnam, and the ambivalent 1970s||153|
|Representing atrocity : from the Holocaust to September 11||161|
|Thanatos ex machina : Godard caresses the dead||175|
|Noe stands alone : an experiment with time||183|
|Time code : narrative film and the avant-garde||195|
|Renaldo & Clara meet John Cage : aleatory cinema and the aesthetics of incompetence||218|
|Challenging the eye : three avant-garde imagemakers||226|
|Many selves : paradox and poetry in the cinema of Willie Varela||239|