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FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE HISTORY OF FILM CRITICISM is an informative and engaging exploration into the history of film criticism, from the early 1920's to the present day. Buster Keaton, Katherine Hepburn are a few of the famous actors examined in the film. The main critics that brought a lot of insight to their time as a critic and the past are Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe, A.O. Scott of the New York Times, Roger Ebert of the Chicago-Sun Times, and Lisa Schwarzmann of Entertainment Weekly. Directed by an expert director David Ayers with precise research, well-thought out paneling of images, smart narration brings clarity on the history of film criticism and good humor for entertainment.
The narrative is told through several narrators, speaking about the significance of one film and the impact it had on the idea of criticism and also on "average" moviegoers and future movie critics. Being a film critic doesn't mean you have a job, you hold a position that is there for people who love enough movies to write thoughtfully about them. Film critics began in the newspapers, when the cinema was in its golden age of comedy, gritty crime/gangster, period pieces, and romantic pictures. Much was to be said about these, because they were all genres that were evolving and fresh. Therefore, words aplenty were being talked about in public and discussed and written in the papers. Later on, the generation adjustments and the emergence of technology and online blogging is explored, and examined even more so.
Having seen this film at the River Run International Film Festival in Winston Salem of North Carolina, I feel greatly rewarded with seeing this film. It brought a lot of insight into how film criticism became, evolved, and changed in over 80 years to me. I don't know when it will surely be released on DVD, but for anyone curious or needing to see this film will be rewarded too.
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