The American Cinema by Andrew Sarris
Directors And Directions 1929-1968

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The auteur theory, of which film criticAndrew Sarris was the leading American proponent, holds that artistry in cinema can be largely attributed to film directors, who, while often working against the strictures of studios, producers, and scriptwriters, manage to infuse each film in their oeuvre with their personal style. Sarris's The American Cinema, the bible of auteur studies, is a history of American film in the form of a lively guide to the work of two hundred film directors, from Griffith, Chaplin, and von Sternberg to Mike Nichols, Stanley Kubrick, and Jerry Lewis. In addition, the book includes a chronology of the most important American films, an alphabetical list of over 6000 films with their directors and years of release, and the seminal essays "Toward a Theory of Film History" and "The Auteur Theory Revisited." Over twenty-five years after its initial publication, The American Cinema remains perhaps the most influential book ever written on the subject.

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Andrew Sarris is film critic for The New York Observer and was for 29 years the critic for The Village Voice. The author of the seminal The American Cinema, he teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.
Published January 31, 1969 by Plume. 392 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Certainly the format of The American Cinema--a collection of thumbnail sketches of Hollywood directors and their complete filmographies, plus a jam-packed (fifty pages or more) directorial index to most American films which ""should go a long way toward ending the tyranny of randomness plaguing t...

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