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When Movies Mattered: Reviews from a Transformative Decade

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"In the not-so-distant past, film writers like Andrew Sarris, J. Hoberman, and Pauline Kael would indulge readers in long-form criticism, providing them with insights to a film in question, not merely settling the debate as to whether said film was worth seeing. And, despite the highbrow pedigree, these names could make or break a film (Kael's essay on Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde is generally considered to have turned the film from box-office poison to must-see iconoclastic cinema)." Berry Donaghy, Powells.com (Read the entire Powells.com review)

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Publisher Comments:

If you have ever wanted to dig around in the archives for that perfect Sunday afternoon DVD and first turned to a witty weekly column in the New York Times, then you are already familiar with one of our nations premier film critics. If you love movies — and the writers who engage them — and just happen to have followed two of the highest circulating daily papers in the country, then you probably recognize the name of the intellectually dazzling writer who has been penning pieces on American and foreign films for over thirty years. And if you called the City of the Big Shoulders home in the 1970s or 1980s and relied on those trenchant, incisive reviews from the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune to guide your moviegoing delight, then you know Dave Kehr.

When Movies Mattered presents a wide-ranging and illuminating selection of Kehrs criticism from the Reader, most of which is reprinted here for the first time — including insightful discussions of film history and his controversial Top Ten lists. Long heralded by his peers for both his deep knowledge and incisive style, Kehr developed his approach to writing about film from the auteur criticism popular in the 70s. Though Kehr's criticism has never lost its intellectual edge, its still easily accessible to anyone who truly cares about movies. Never watered down and always razor sharp, it goes beyond wry observations to an acute examination of the particular stylistic qualities that define the work of individual directors and determine the meaning of individual films.

From current releases to important revivals, from classical Hollywood to foreign fare, Kehr has kept us spellbound with his insightful critical commentaries. When Movies Mattered will secure his place among our very best writers about all things cinematic.

About the Author

Dave Kehr moved to the Chicago Tribune after leaving the Chicago Reader in 1986, and he was its principal film critic until late 1992, when he moved to New York. His work has appeared regularly in Film Comment, and he is a member of the National Society of Film Critics. He blogs at www.davekehr.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

Part 1: The Best

1974: Le Petit théâtre de Jean Renoir (Jean Renoir)

1976: Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock)

1977: F for Fake (Orson Welles)

1978: Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)

1979: 10 (Blake Edwards)

1981: Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme)

1982: The Aviators Wife (Eric Rohmer)

1983: Francisca (Manoel de Oliveira)

 

Part 2: The End of Classical Hollywood

Classical Hollywood

The Man Who Would Be King (John Huston)

Fedora (Billy Wilder)

Escape From Alcatraz (Don Siegel)

The Human Factor (Otto Preminger)

New Hollywood

The Driver (Walter Hill)

Halloween (John Carpenter)

Reds (Warren Beatty)

Sudden Impact (Clint Eastwood)

New Directions in Comedy

Victor/Victoria (Blake Edwards)

Risky Business (Paul Brickman)

Lost in America (Albert Brooks)

After Hours (Martin Scorsese)

Mavericks and Outsiders

Dawn of the Dead (George Romero)

The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller)

Love Streams (John Cassavetes)

Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph)

 

Part 3: Other Visions

Old Masters

Blaise Pascal (Roberto Rossellini)

A Piece of Pleasure (Claude Chabrol)

That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Buñuel)

Perceval (Eric Rohmer)

Godard

Numéro deux

Every Man for Himself

Passion

Detective

New Masters

Jonah Who Will be 25 in the Year 2000 (Alain Tanner)

The Memory of Justice (Marcel Ophuls)

Allegro non troppo (Bruno Bozzetto)

The American Friend (Wim Wenders)

Loulou (Maurice Pialat)

Eijanaika (Shohei Imamura)

Coup de torchon (Bertrand Tavernier)

City of Pirates (Raul Ruiz)

 

Part 4: Revivals and Retrospectives

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (Kenji Mizoguchi)

The Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini)

Born in Germany, Raised in Hollywood: The Film Art of Fritz Lang

Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Yasujiro Ozu)

Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)

Othello (Orson Welles)

Crisis, Compulsion, and Creation: Raoul Walshs Cinema of the Individual

A Love That Caresses the Soul: Films by Carl Theodor Dreyer

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse)

Le Silence de la mer and Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville)

The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)

Hitchs Riddle: On Five Rereleased Films

Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone)

French Cancan (Jean Renoir)

Appendix: Top Ten Lists, 1974-86

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226429410
Author:
Kehr, Dave
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-Film Guides
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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