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Meet FIlm Maker Gerald Perry with his film "For the Love of Movies"

For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism
with filmmaker Gerald Perry in person.
March 14, 2010 7:30 PM

Taos Community Auditorium
Tickets are $7.50 and $6.50 for TCA members

This is the first documentary to dramatize the rich saga of American movie reviewing. Directed by The Boston Phoenix critic, Gerald Peary, “For the Love of Movies” offers an insider’s view of the critics’ profession, with commentary from America’s best-regarded reviewers, Roger Ebert (The Chicago Sun-Times), A.O. Scott (The New York Times), Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly), Kenneth Turan (The Los Angeles Times).

We also hear from young, articulate, Internet voices, including Harry Knowles (ainitcoolnews.com) and Karina Longworth (spout.com). Their stories are entertaining, humorous, and personal. Those who hear them may gain new respect for the film critic profession, knowing the faces and voices, and also the history. From the raw beginnings of criticism before The Birth of a Nation to the incendiary Pauline Kael-Andrew Sarris debates of the 1960s and 70s to the battle today between youthful on-liners and the print establishment, this documentary tells all. With narration by Patricia Clarkson.

“I have been a film critic for thirty years, writing for magazines and newspapers, and, the last twelve years, for the Boston Phoenix. This is a “pro-critic” film. At a time when American critics are being laid off and fired, and when their influence has diminished, For the Love of Movies is an unapologetic defense of a profession under siege. I know intimately many of my colleagues, and had unprecedented access interviewing them for the camera. I talk to several dozen critics, including writers for newspapers (The New York Times, The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, etc,), magazines (Entertainment Weekly, The NewRepublic, etc.), blogs and websites (aintitcoolnews.com, spout.com.).

My first desire is for an audience to become intimate with the reviewers behind the bylines, so it can be understood how critics think about and see movies. How did they come to their jobs, and to their abiding love for cinema? Those interviewed vividly describe scenes from movies which, seen as children, made an indelible impression, and which transformed their way of viewing. Also, today’s critics comment on American critics of the past – Robert E. Sherwood, Otis Ferguson, James Agee, etc. – whose work inspired them. I offer a history of American film criticism, from the time of The Birth of a Nation to Bosley Crowther’s 27-year reign at The New York Times, from Ebert-Siskel on TV to amateur reviews on the Internet. I touch upon the infamous Pauline Kael-Andrew Sarris debates, and show the antagonist relationship between youthful web reviewers and veteran print critics.

I hope that this film motivates audiences to consider reviews by the best American critics, whether in print
or the web, as a key component in watching movies in a deeper, more thoughtful, way.” – Gerald Peary

For further information please contact Dancer Dearing, dancer@tcataos.org or 575-758-2052.
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