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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Jul 07, Richard Chandler rated it liked it. May 02, Alan Keep rated it it was ok. Jun 29, Keith Brinkmann rated it liked it. Every essay on those two categories is a maerican work of film criticism. In a couple of places the book, tantalizingly, raises the issue of the limitations of auteur theory.

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I’m not aamerican they do what he accuses them of anyway. It is his own concept of the film director, whom he says that could go completely unnoticed in most cases, but could define the art of the film in some miraculous exceptions, that makes most of his comments on the lesser names rather dull That these ideas are widely accepted now is partly a measure of the book’s success, neither idea was mainstream in American film crit This is a book based around two straightforward but powerful ideas.

All text is legible and may contain extensive markings, highlighting, worn corners, folded pages, etc. For anyone seriously interested in the art of the cinema it is indispensable. Feb 07, Dan Domanski rated it it was amazing. Lest you think a paragraph or three may give short shrift to an entire career, I’d wager the intent was to right the balance of popular estimation, qmerican to highlight contours some not always easy to discern of an oeuvre, rather than bog down with obsessive detail.


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Retrieved from ” https: It’s a good book for info on the “Pantheon” directors and for info on lesser known films, but his criticisms are usually based on “decency” and the necessity for films to directly address issues and ideas Solidly bound copy with moderate external wear, crisp pages and clean text.

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The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, by Andrew Sarris

This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat Best book ever written! With this premise in mind, he searches out the directors of the American cinema–past and present–and finds the great ones, the really good ones, the overrated, etc. Most famous for his essay “Notes on the Auteur theory” which popularized this film criticism technique in America. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The foremost American proponent of the auteur theory, Sarris has xndrew lot to say about which directors are over-rated and under-rated.

Sarris was a co-founder of the National Society of Film Critics. The Story of American Film Criticismfirst with other critics discussing how he brought the auteur theory from Franceand then by Sarris himself explaining how he applied that theory to his original review of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Ships with Tracking Number!

The American Cinema

Sarris’s definitive take on American directors up till the date of publication. It sounds more like an encyclopaedia than a book to read, but Sarris’ style is so beautiful and his insights so breath-taking that few people I know treated it as anything but a virtually un-put-downable companion, which is returned to again and again. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Would Ameridan Renoir or Max Ophuls earn a place in the pantheon on the basis of their American films alone?

Yes, Sarris was known to later redress a few of his estimations; that flexibility can also be viewed as a long-term, historical strength. Used book in very good condition. Remarkable how relevant it still is – and so much more illuminating and entertaining as a canon to be aware of than the slipshod likes of ” films to see before you die”. ScreenVolume 10, Issue 6, 1 NovemberPageshttps: Michael Samerdyke rated it it was amazing Aug 07, Hisham rated it really liked it Jan 22, Andrew Sarris E P Dutton, Close mobile search navigation Article navigation.


From a scholarly perspective, Sarris’ method amerian outrageous – the dividing of film directors into wacky categories like ‘Less than meets the eye’ and ‘Strained seriousness’ – but in spite of just a few andrfw that, in the course of time have been shown to be dubious, it works! This was my bible when I was young and safris to realize what films were about and what they could be. 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.

Ex-library with all expected markings and inclusions. Criticism of the auteur theory often stems from a misunderstanding of its “dogmatic” nature. On the other hand, those one-sentence broadsides hit the mark a fair amount of the time. Sarris’s The American Cinemathe bible of auteur studies, is a history of American film in the form of a lively guide to the work of two hundred film directors, from Griffith, Chaplin, and von Sternberg to Mike Nichols, Stanley Kubrick, and Jerry Lewis.

Also, his critique of Billy Wilder is weak, as well. The book commences with “The cinemx and the trees”, one of the most brilliant analyses of the nature of film art in the era of the Hollywood Studio system.

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