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Title:Film Writing and Selected Journalism
Format Type:Ebook
Author:James Agee, Michael Sragow
Publisher:Library of America
ISBN:1931082820
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Number of Pages:748
Category:Film, Journalism, Non fiction, Essays, Literature

Film Writing and Selected Journalism by James Agee, Michael Sragow

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Film Writing and Selected Journalism James Agee brought to bear all his moral energy slashing wit and boundless curiosity in the criticism and journalism that established him as one of the commanding literary voices of America at mid century In W H Auden called Agee s film reviews for i The Nation i the most remarkable regular event in American journalism today Those columns along with much of the movie criticism that Agee wrote for i Time i through most of the s were collected posthumously in i Agee on Film Reviews and Comments i undoubtedly the most influential writings on film by an American .

Whether reviewing a Judy Garland musical or a wartime documentary assessing the impact of Italian neorealism or railing against the compromises in a Hollywood adaptation of Hemingway Agee always wrote of movies as a pervasive profoundly significant part of modern life a new art whose classics Chaplin Dovzhenko Vigo he revered and whose betrayal in the interests of commerce or propaganda he often deplored If his frequent disappointments could be registered in acid tones his enthusiasms were expressed with passionate eloquence This Library of America volume supplements the classic pieces from i Agee on Film i with previously uncollected writings on Ingrid Bergman the Marx Brothers Alfred Hitchcock s i Lifeboat i Vittorio De Sica s i Shoeshine i and a wealth of other cinematic subjects .

Agee s own work as a screenwriter is represented by his script for Charles Laughton s unique and haunting masterpiece of Southern gothic i The Night of the Hunter i adapted from the novel by Davis Grubb This collection also includes examples of Agee s masterfully probing reporting for i Fortune i on subjects as diverse as the Tennessee Valley Authority commercial orchids and cockfighting and a sampling of his literary reviews among them appreciations of William Faulkner Virginia Woolf S J Perelman and William Carlos Williams

The Morning Watch, Selected Poems, Film Writing and Selected Journalism, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Brooklyn Is: Southeast of the Island: Travel Notes, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, A Death in the Family, and Shorter Fiction, A Death in the Family, Agee on Film: Criticism and Comment on the Movies, Letters of James Agee to Father Flye, Cotton Tenants: Three Families