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Agee on Film, Volume 1: Essays and Reviews by James Agee

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Amazon quote: The lion's percentage of 'Agee on movie, vol. I', is dedicated to James Agee's paintings as a columnist for 'The Nation', the place he wrote approximately movie from 1942 to 1948. It isn't precisely transparent if this quantity includes each column he wrote for that journal - nowhere is it pointed out somehow, and there are gaps within the dates attributed to the entries. which may be in simple terms simply because he didn't give a contribution to each factor, however it will be great to grasp if this can be the entire fabric from this resource - an writer who charges the Library of the United States remedy charges an entire assortment. different sections of this quantity comprise some of Agee's weekly movie reports for 'Time Magazine' from 1941 to 1948, a few miscellaneous articles for 'Partisan Review' and 'Sight and Sound', and 'Life Magazine' gains - 'Comedy's maximum Era' and 'Undirectable Director'. the 1st of those good points bargains with the comedians of silent movie - Chaplin, Keaton, Langdon, and Lloyd; the second one matters John Huston. [....]

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Not entirely without skill, it inaugurates for a great general audience a kind of pamphleteering and of at least nominal nonfiction whose responsibilities, whose powers for good or evil, enlightenment or deceit, are appalling; and of which we are likely to get a great deal from now on. (Walter Huston touring Mr. ) This first film is likely to hasten and intensify our cooperation with the Soviet Union. It may even help frustrate those who-if my naive impression is correct-plan to win this particular peace by destroying the Soviet Union, dominating Europe with the help of Bryn Mawr graduates and domesticated democrats, and reducing China to an Anglo-American-owned, Japanese-policed laundry.

Fields's It's a Gift. The Commandos Strike at Dawn will remind you why John Farrow 1943 • The Nation / 27 won the Critics' Award for direction with Wake Island. It is "mature," for Paul Muni begins as a meteorologist widower and ends as a corpse. " Its climax is a commando raid in which no point is made of the likelihood that every trick of fighting has its countertrick and that the enemy, having boned up on them, may not be entirely cooperative. The raid is done in what currently passes for montage, so freely used in Wake Island.

I thought he did almost as well with the part as an "actor" could. It would be hard, I grant, to find anyone beyond childhood who might be capable of purity and directness of performance, which are hopelessly unavailable to most actors; but I wish it had occurred to everyone to try. The Hollywood traditions of acting, to say nothing of those of the stage, are incapable even at best of convincing one, except in the frankest kind of myth. I like some of the myths very well and some of the actors in them, but when there is any pretense whatever of portraying "real" people-as in The Grapes of Wrath and in this film-such actors are painfully out of place.

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