Agee on Film: Criticism and Comment on the Movies

Agee on Film Criticism and Comment on the Movies In my opinion Agee s column is the most remarkable regular event in American journalism today W H AudenJames Agee was passionately involved with the movies throughout his life A master of both fictio

  • Title: Agee on Film: Criticism and Comment on the Movies
  • Author: James Agee Martin Scorsese David Denby
  • ISBN: 9780375755293
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • In my opinion, Agee s column is the most remarkable regular event in American journalism today W H AudenJames Agee was passionately involved with the movies throughout his life A master of both fiction and nonfiction, he wrote about film in clean, smart prose as the reviewer for Time magazine and as a columnist for The Nation Agee was particularly perceptive abou In my opinion, Agee s column is the most remarkable regular event in American journalism today W H AudenJames Agee was passionately involved with the movies throughout his life A master of both fiction and nonfiction, he wrote about film in clean, smart prose as the reviewer for Time magazine and as a columnist for The Nation Agee was particularly perceptive about the work of his friend John Huston and recognized the artistic merit of certain B films such as The Curse of the Cat People and other movies produced by Val Lewton.

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    • James Agee Martin Scorsese David Denby

      An American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family 1957 , won the author a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.LifeAgee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, at Highland Avenue and 15th Street renamed James Agee Street in 1999 to Hugh James Agee and Laura Whitman Tyler When Agee was six, his father died in an automobile accident From the age of seven, he and his younger sister, Emma, were educated in boarding schools The most influential of these was located near his mother s summer cottage two miles from Sewanee, Tennessee Saint Andrews School for Mountain Boys was run by Episcopal monks affiliated with the Order of the Holy Cross, and it was there that Agee s lifelong friendship with an Episcopal priest, Father James Harold Flye, began in 1919 As Agee s close friend and spiritual confidant, Flye was the recipient of many of Agee s most revealing letters.Agee went to Knoxville High School for the 1924 1925 school year, then travelled with Father Flye to Europe On their return, Agee moved to boarding school in New Hampshire, entering the class of 1928 at Phillips Exeter Academy There, he was president of The Lantern Club and editor of the Monthly where his first short stories, plays, poetry and articles were published Agee was admitted to Harvard University s class of 1932 He was editor in chief of the Harvard Advocate.In 1951 in Santa Barbara, Agee, a hard drinker and chain smoker, suffered the first two in a series of heart attacks, which ultimately claimed his life four years later at the age of 45 He was buried on a farm he owned at Hillsdale, New York.CareerAfter graduation, he wrote for Fortune and Time magazines, although he is better known for his later film criticism in The Nation In 1934, he published his only volume of poetry, Permit Me Voyage.In the summer of 1936, Agee spent eight weeks on assignment for Fortune with photographer Walker Evans living among sharecroppers in Alabama Agee turned the material into a book entitled, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men 1941 It sold only 600 copies before being remaindered.In 1942, Agee became the film critic for Time and, at one point, reviewed up to six books per week Together, he and friend Whittaker Chambers ran the back of the book for Time He left to become film critic for The Nation In 1948, however, he quit both magazines to become a freelance writer One of his assignments was a well received article for Life Magazine about the great silent movie comedians, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Harry Langdon, which has been credited for reviving Keaton s career As a freelance in the 1950s, he continued to write magazine articles while working on movie scripts, often with photographer Helen Levitt.Agee was an ardent champion of Charlie Chaplin s then extremely unpopular film Monsieur Verdoux 1947 , which has since become a film classic He was also a great admirer of Laurence Olivier s Henry V and Hamlet, especially Henry V, for which he actually published three separate reviews, all of which have been printed in the collection Agee on Film.LegacyLet Us Now Praise Famous Men, ignored on its original publication in 1941, has been placed among the greatest literary works of the 20th Century by the New York School of Journalism and the New York Public Library.

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    • It's hard to go wrong with an early champion of Val Lewton, not to mention the screenwriter of Night of the Hunter. This book contains a superb essay on the comics of the silent era, as well as the hundreds of reviews Agee did for Time and the Nation during and shortly after WWII. There are quite a few war documentaries and movies that have long since disappeared, as well as an all too rare and beautiful appreciation of Theresa Wright's acting chops. On a personal note, Agee often peppers his re [...]


    • James Agee was film critic for Time Magazine, as well as a columnist for The National during the bulk of the 1940s. Agee's thoughtful, engaged, and clear-sighted comments on all manner of films from that era (and before) make him one of the stand out film critics of all time.Reading this collection of his columns and reviews, one develops a clear sense of Agee's preferred aesthetic: one that favors a poetic approach, a humanist portrayal, and a film that drives the audience to engage actively. H [...]


    • A collection of renaissance man James Agee's film reviews, including his famous essay on silent film comedians. Agee's inextinguishable hopes for the medium, his fixation with Hollywood's moral responsibility, his attention to technical prowess, and his incorrigible wit (eg. - MGM = "rigor artis") set the scene for the hip high-mindedness of future practitioners, from Kael to Thompson. And his perpetual plea for realism (he had been, after all, an investigative journalist) precluded the looser p [...]


    • At one time I owned a two volume set of Agee on Film. One was his criticism, the other is scripts. But yeah, Agee was probably one of the first great American film critic, who wrote for a national press. Always insightful, mostly inspirational (if you want to write on film), and sadly much missed in today's world of film writing.



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