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The Complete History of American Film Criticism

The Complete History of American Film Criticism
Jerry Roberts
February 2010
480
$27.95
Film & TV
6 x 9
Cloth/Hardcover

“If journalism—including film criticism—is evanescent, Jerry Roberts has struck a blow for all of us who have spent our lives writing and talking about movies. I’m sure this impressive, thoughtful book will be a valuable tool for anyone interested in the subject.” —Leonard Maltin“Jerry Roberts has achieved a remarkable feat of research and, in the areas where I have any knowledge, is fair and accurate. Nothing on this scale has ever been accomplished before.” —Roger Ebert

The Complete History of American Film Criticism is a historical overview of the lives and work of the most influential film critics of the past 100 years.

From the first movie review in The New York Times in 1896 through the Silent Era, the pre- and postwar years, the Film Generation of the 1960s, the Golden Age of the 1970s, and into the 21st century, critics have educated generations of discriminating moviegoers on the differences between good films and bad. They call attention to great directors, cinematographers, production designers, screenwriters, and actors, and shed light on their artistic visions and storytelling sensibilities.

Indeed, The Complete History of American Film Criticism honors those who helped establish the notion that film was the 20th century’s most significant art form.

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Author Information
Jerry Roberts

is an acquisitions editor for Arcadia Publishing. He was a film critic and columnist for Copley Los Angeles Newspapers and Copley News Service and has contributed to Daily Variety, DGA Magazine, and The Hollywood Reporter. He is a past coordinator of film programs for the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and is the author of the Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors, The Great American Playwrights on the Screen, Mitchum: In His Own Words, and Movie Talk from the Front Lines. He lives in Carson, California.

Reviews

“If journalism—including film criticism—is evanescent, Jerry Roberts has struck a blow for all of us who have spent our lives writing and talking about movies. I’m sure this impressive, thoughtful book will be a valuable tool for anyone interested in the subject.”
Leonard Maltin

“Jerry Roberts has achieved a remarkable feat of research and, in the areas where I have any knowledge, is fair and accurate. Nothing on this scale has ever been accomplished before.”
Roger Ebert

“The amazingly comprehensive and well-organized The Complete History of American Film Criticism arrives at a time when the profession has become seriously endangered by the continuing decline of print journalism. Jerry Roberts, a former film critic, has not only been thorough, but also has made astute appraisals of the major critics, most notably the influential, prickly Pauline Kael. He has been gentlemanly in his considerations of his colleagues and has made a strong case for the value of film criticism, and in doing so, made those of us who have spent our lives doing it feel that maybe our work in so specialized a field has not been in vain.”
Kevin Thomas

“Jerry Roberts has written a well-researched, admirably wide-ranging and even-handed account of film criticism in America that is also a passionate defense of this noble but increasingly embattled profession.”
Dave Kehr

“Jerry Roberts’s much-needed The Complete History of American Film Criticism is the first comprehensive overview of its kind. It has the added benefit of rescuing from semi-oblivion numerous reputable practitioners from the past.”
Peter Rainer

“A thorough and informative history of 100 years of film criticism in America that does not stint on satisfying gossip and score-settling.”
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