The Permanent Crisis of Film Criticism
The Permanent Crisis of Film Criticism
The Anxiety of Authority
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Acknowledgements. Introduction. Chapter 1. The Birthing Pains of the First Professionals: Promotion and Distinction Chapter 2. Second-Wave Crises of Proximity and Distance: Relating to the Industry and the Audience Chapter 3. The Institutional Assertion of Authority: Sight and Sound and the Postwar Cinephile Challenge Chapter 4. From 'I' to 'We': Filmkritik and the Limits of Kracauerism in Postwar German Film Criticism Chapter 5. The Anxiety of Influence: The 'Golden Age' of Criticism, The Rise of the TV Pundit, and the Memory of Pauline Kael Chapter 6. The Spectre of 'Democratization' in the Digital Age Conclusion. What Is the Good of Authoritative Critics? Select Bibliography. Index.

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ŸCompelling. . . . Frey demonstrates that in all arts criticism, crisis is a continual and perpetual cycle. Recommended.Œ -Choice

Mattias Frey

The Permanent Crisis of Film Criticism

The Anxiety of Authority

Film criticism is in crisis. Dwelling on the many film journalists made redundant at newspapers, magazines, and other 'old media' in past years, commentators have voiced existential questions about the purpose and worth of the profession in the age of WordPress blogospheres and proclaimed the 'death of the critic'. Bemoaning the current anarchy of internet amateurs and the lack of authoritative critics, many journalists and academics claim that in the digital age, cultural commentary has become dumbed down and fragmented into niche markets. Mattias Freu, arguing against these claims, examines the history of film critical discourse in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States . He demonstrates that since its origins, film criticism has always found itself in crisis: the need to show critical authority and the anxieties over challenges to that authority have been longstanding concerns.

Mattias Frey

Mattias Frey is senior lecturer in film at the University of Kent, author of Postwall German Cinema: History, Film History, and Cinephilia, co-editor of Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship, and editor of the journal Film Studies.