The Best American Movie Writing 1999

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Director and film scholar Peter Bogdanovich curates this second annual collection of exceptional writing about film--with essays by famous directors, historians, critics and novelists.
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Overview

Director and film scholar Peter Bogdanovich curates this second annual collection of exceptional writing about film--with essays by famous directors, historians, critics and novelists.
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The second annual volume in this series is an outstanding collection of essays that takes both movies and writing seriously. Compiled from an assortment of mass market magazines and specialty film journals, the essays range widely over a spectrum of film topics. The best are the personal pieces, such as Gore Vidal's on firing Frank Capra from directing The Best Man and William Zinsser's about being an extra in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories. Only a few of the pieces concentrate on modern film topics, such as Mia Mask's take on Eve's Bayou and African-American film, and Chris Chang's essay on the cruelty of Todd Solondz's work. The rest of the essays, all 22 of them, share a deep dissatisfaction with today's movies and a corollary nostalgia for movies past. The view comes from established critics Andrew Sarris, Molly Haskell, David Denby, Roger Ebert, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and Terrence Rafferty and it comes from filmmakers Martin Scorsese, James Mangold, and Steven Spielberg. Editor Bogdanovich sets the tone in his introduction, which harks back to a day when writing about movies could actually change the way movies were made for the better. The side jibe is that most writing about movies today is as worthless as the films that are produced. Bogdanovich says it's all about money now and not at all about art. That is why he selected serious essays and none of the actor profiles or quickie question-and-answer sessions that fill the newsstands. While so much protest can border on whining—and what a common whine it is to complain that things aren't as good as they used to be—this volume is much more a celebration of the good stuff than a rant on what has been lost since the 1970s. With confident writing, opinions infused with knowledge, and expressions of sheer ecstasy about the movie-going experience, this volume is a joy to read.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312244934
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/1999
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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