Physical Evidence: Selected Film Criticism

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Wesleyan University Press, Sep 28, 2007 - Performing Arts - 232 pages
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An expert writer and thinker on movie history and directorial style, Kent Jones is among the most notable film critics of his generation. His sharp, informed analyses and cogent assessments of cinema and its practitioners have made him a significant voice both in America and internationally. Jones’ inaugural collection brings together the best of his reviews (on films including In the Mood for Love, A History of Violence, and The New World), evaluations of specific filmmakers (Wes Anderson, John Cassavetes, and the Coen brothers), polemics (on summer blockbusters, digital cinema, and Hollywood politics), and appreciations of other film critics. Several of these pieces are published here in English for the first time, having previously appeared only in the French journals Cahiers du Cinéma and Trafic. Physical Evidence is a penetrating and personal examination of contemporary and classic cinema, one that values nothing so much as seeing on the screen the proof—the physical evidence—of the filmmaker’s own personal quest.
 

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Contents

Directors
1
Films
59
Out of the Fog
145
The Betrayed
155
The Glass Web
161
The Driver
171
A Perfect World
182
The Reconstruction
190
Hail the Conquering Hero
197
The Throbbing Acuity of Negative Space
207
Sources
213
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KENT JONES is editor-at-large of Film Comment and the American correspondent for Cahiers du Cinema. He is a frequent contributor to Bookforum and Cinemascope, associate director of programming at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, and a permanent member of the selection committee for the New York Film Festival. He is also the co-writer of My Voyage to Italy and other documentaries by Martin Scorsese.

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