By Roger Ebert
Like a full-bodied Bordeaux wine, Roger Ebert's book unique 25 nice French movies will gift you with a wealthy number of full-length experiences of cinematic reports. From such classics as Belle de Jour, Day for evening, and The four hundred Blows to the sweeping drama (and attractive scenery!) of Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon of the Spring, this ebook offers an ideal primer for these new to French motion pictures and a welcome refresher path for precise Francophiles. And, as an extra allure, many of the reports are observed with a clip of the movies' trailers, together with gemstones like Mr. Hulot's vacation and Jules and Jim.
About the Author
Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic from the Chicago Sun-Times. His stories are syndicated to greater than two hundred newspapers within the usa and Canada. the yank movie Institute and the college of the artwork Institute of Chicago have presented him honorary levels, and the web movie Critics Society named his website, rogerebert.com, the easiest on-line movie-review web site.
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The entertainment, the fun, is always uppermost. Any lessons in consumption or in style must occur inside the pattern of entertainment and not weigh it down like a pigeon with The Naked and the Dead tied to its leg. ”10 In an overview of the work of the IG, Barry Curtis wrote that “the new elements of pop culture produced a scenario of both ends against the cultural middle ground occupied by most critics. They envisaged a future both more technologically rational and imaginatively fantastic. ”11 For members of the IG there was no contradiction inherent in being an expert in mass culture.
He searches for the poetry in commercial cinema, which he finds in its permutations of “fact, drama, the ‘Surreal,’ dream, magic and the supernatural powers at their play. Perhaps we too readily assume the mass media’s lack of, and antagonism towards, poetry” (238). Durgnat understood the poetry of pulp to consist of the exploration of irrationalities (224). What is being repeated across all of these accounts is the expressed desire for an authentic experience, for the truth that lies hidden inside a falsifying culture of consumption.
This is a “specialized audience, unobstreperous [sic—he surely meant they are ‘obstreperous’], poor, metropolitan, and deeply experienced. ”64 The validation of a proletarian audience’s taste over and above the acts of distinction performed by an educated elite may not have been quite the act of obscenity that Agee suggested would get the postmaster general hot under the collar, but it may have provoked a reaction from his readers who would not generally be inclined to attend a cinema specializing in horror movies.
25 Great French Films (Ebert's Essentials) by Roger Ebert