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Politics and Cinema, Sarris, Andrew
1 Sarris, Andrew Politics and Cinema
New York Columbia University Press (c.1978) 0-231-04034-2 / 9780231040341 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Laiying Chong 
(price-clipped) [nice clean book, minor browning to cloth at top of spine, no other discernible wear; jacket has a couple of internal tape-repairs, minor wear to extremities]. This selection of Sarris's reviews and essays, mostly dealing with politically-themed films from 1971 through 1978, "explores the often adversary relationship between political reality and film illusion in the recent cinema [and] in the vital social issues surrounding Watergate, the Hollywood blacklist, and the renewed interest in Nazi Germany. Sarris dismantles many of the film industry's questionable attempts at political relevance, reserving his praise for the few ideologically honest films that can survive his careful scrutiny." Among the individual films discussed at some length are THE CANDIDATE, THE GODFATHER, STATE OF SIEGE, THE SORROW AND THE PITY, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE and HEARTS AND MINDS; also included are reviews of Norman Mailer's book on Marilyn Monroe and Richard Schickel's book about Douglas Fairbanks and American celebrity. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968, Sarris, Andrew
2 Sarris, Andrew The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968
New York E.P. Dutton & Co. 1968 NO 1st Edition (see notes) Softcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover design) Milton Glaser 
[a beautiful clean book, with just the teensiest bit of wear along the top edge of the front cover and a minor bump at the top front hinge]. Trade PB One of the most influential and frequently-referenced (by both devotees and detractors) of all critical/historical film texts -- nothing less, in fact, than the Bible of the American branch of the Church of the Auteur. No matter what direction the later critical assessment of any given director might haven taken, for those who first encountered this book within the first decade or so after its publication it's always been nearly impossible to avoid thinking of, say, John Huston's work as "Less Than Meets the Eye," Mitchell Leisen as "Lightly Likable," or Richard Brooks as a purveyor of "Strained Seriousness." And even though Sarris himself re-assessed various filmmakers (both upward and downward) in subsequent years, it's worth noting that every one of the directors he placed in his "Pantheon" remains worthy of that ranking today. This particular copy, it's to be noted, apparently failed to lure its previous owner(s) into the lap of auteurism, for it remains in virtually brand-new condition -- with an uncreased spine and nary a thumb-smudge or dog-eared page corner to be seen. [NOTE that although this is a stated "First Edition," and is also designated "A Dutton Paperback Original," there was a hardcover edition issued as well, and as far as I know no precedence, i.e. no "true first," has been determined. But the paperback edition was the one that EVERYBODY had, back in the day.] 
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