This is what criticism should be Even if you disagree with Farber which is hard to do his passion and love of an art orm is utterly inspiring One of the most honest critics ever maybe the most honest to be honest Manny will spend 4 pages talking about a ilm and by the end you still don t know if he liked it or not I love Pauline she s A2 to his A1 but Manny saw through the screen totally in his own way Kael connected the review to a different pop culture everyday part of her and your socialpersonal life but Manny is speaking his own language and once you learn it the "Art Form Looks Different Love Love Love "form looks different Love love early to mid 1940s reviews the Preston Sturges essay especially Like Andrew Sarris Farber appreciates neglected genre ilms so than prestige pictures For me Farber isn t as accessible as Sarris because he cites many obscure and even Right Turns: From Liberal Activist to Conservative Champion in 35 Unconventional Lessons forgottenilms Still much of his insight is brilliant and I agree with the big picture of his arguments My impression of every review Farber ever wrote The Emperor of Wyoming Universal International Anthony Mann s latest swing n miss at self mythologizing sleight of hand suanders it s scant narrative integrity though a chiaroscuro close up of a buffalo s nostril instantly brings to mind the best Politically Incorrect footnotes of Frederick Jackson Turner Ernest Haller s photography is a chilly downpour of compromised hues as John Wayne ambles inull Earp via Jung See here young lady louaciousness Thespians high and low offer self conscious leaks and This was my 1000 page introduction to Manny Farber and worth it if only Beyond Varallan for this great comment on great acting ladies who havethe body of the bathing beauty theace and wholesomeness of the girl who plays Sister in amily movies and the ree swinging sexual lustiness of the vampire women But they also have the added jigger of sensitivity For that jigger they are indebted to Ingrid Bergman also they use her worst cuteness and that eager kind of acting intelligence which in some of the actresses makes you eel that they read and understood the script and then hid the hero s before he could read hisThere s so much but my only complaint at a thousand pages of three page reviews it takes orever to get a sense of Farber s genius since you only get a teeny bit at a time Bound Miami SunPost December 10 2009httpmiamisunpostcomthemorgue200Critic with a FistManny Farber Kicked Film AssJohn HoodHow the Dona Flor fuck did I not know about theilm criticism of Manny Farber Granted the bulk of his beautifully brutal work occurred before I made my way into the cold cruel world But a lot of things This comprehensive 800 page collection of the Rocker Babies Wear Jeans film criticism of Manny Farber should be reuired reading or at least reuired skimmingor everyone who cares about ilm and its styles its significance and the special techniues that endow individual movies with their uniueness and particularity Farber is most
famous or a Sono with Visits from the Seventh few of the terms in his eccentric lexicon ofilm elephant art for a Remarkable Creatures few of the terms in his eccentric lexicon ofilm elephant art art negative space the gimp but I ind that he is most instructive when he shares his painter s eye view of a particular movie revealing the moments in it that shine with idiosyncratic liveliness and power The Jesuit Gerald Manley Hopkins would have called this inscape the dynamic individual thingness of a thing the design that gives it particular identity and or Farber it is this uality that makes movie going worthwhile If you read only a Heroes Adrift (Hero, few of Farber s pieces you might be tempted to identify this inscape uality with a documentary like realistic atmosphere an ironic performance in the midst of sentimentality or an eccentricity of style but as you explore what he has to say you realize that what he loves is something deeper and richer albeit hard to defineWhat Farber hates is easier to talk about he hates bullshit inflated acting the unthinking application of a glossy Hollywood style portentously arty shadows and camera angles bogus Freudian symbolism as substituteor character revelation minimalist TV techniues designed to telegraph an easy message etc He may ridicule an acknowledged classic Chuck and Danielle for its phoniness and then immediately turn around and praise an obscure little pictureor the natural way its people eat at the dinner table But whatever he trashes or champions he does so in the service of what makes movies uniue and admirableSome illuminating and infuriating excerpts chosen almost at ran. Manny Farber 1917–2008 was a uniue Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old figure among American movie critics Champion of what he called termite artocused often eccentric virtuosity as opposed to white elephant monumentality master of a one of a kind prose style whose jazz like phrasing and incandescent twists and turns made every review an adventure he has long been revered by his peers Susan Sontag called him the liveliest smartest most original ilm critic this country ever produced; or Peter Bogdanovich he was razor sharp in his perceptions and never less than brilliant as a writerFarber was an early discoverer of many Gray Bishop filmmakers later acclaimed as American masters Val Lewton Preston Sturges Samuel Fuller Raoul Walsh Anthony Mann A prodigiously gifted painter himself he brought to his writing an artist's eyeor what was on the screen Alert to any ilmmaker no matter how margi.
Manny Farber Ã 4 Free readFrame the action with an all over 2 INSTALL EVERY EVENT CHARACTER SITUATION IN A FRIEZE OF every event character situation in a of and 3 treat every inch of the screen and ilm as a potential area or prize worthy creativity Movies were the issue at hand and discussing them Farber was able to slice through the distinctions that kept low middle and high culture segregated and their respective audiences apart Movies were a vehicle anyone who d seen them could have an opinion of all of us had seen the same ilm all of us had seen and understood the same plot and motivations and all of us with no specialized training nor
Advanced Degrees Could Bring Our Interpretations To The Discussion Anyonedegrees could bring our interpretations to the discussion anyone cared to participate could have a say As often as not the long range conversations and disagreements over movies and their meanings directors and their directions was itself criticism much of it sparked by the concise pity perceptually brilliant musings of Manny FarberI realize though that this great period of American Liar film criticism is largely behind us giving way to a consumer guide ratings that are pithy if not artful A large part of the problem might well be that critics so called are bored with a preponderance of movies that bleed into one another how other movies does this stinker remind me of but there are those whoight the good Noir fight none the less I am thinking of Duncan Shepard of the San Diego Reader a Farber protege who seems not to careor the majority of releases he s tasked with evaluating and yet who is among the top movie essayists in the country his writings on the Coen Brothers and Clint Eastwood are the Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are finest and subtlest I ve come across Stillthe trend is not goodThere was aunny 2005 piece by Gaffer former Slateilm critic David Edelstein about those Circumstantial Evidence film reviewers who seemingly are willing to whore their good names in order to be uoted in big movie ads Edelstein gets to heart of the matter thatilm criticism has become a game of dodge ball rather than a reasonable case Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers for why a movie is good bad or stalls somewhere in between Critics willlee or produce colored smoke if someone presses them to back up the original opinion Peter Travers Rolling Stone s shrill shill or mediocre work would evaporate like slight rain in Death Valley if he were grilled Film criticism used to mean not all that long ago an exercise in establishing movies as a rich and uniue narrative art orm with a critical vocabulary and working theories used to establish criteria A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping for good bad and indifferent work Impressionable as a twentyish critic I applied the thinking to what reviews I didor some local publications and truth be told I was a bag of wind much of the time grandiose and prolix but the readers got an honest and considered opinion Yes I know that I was read I still have both my hate and Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) fan mail All this worked as long as their was a constant stream of goodilms to parse but as Summer Meditations film production became the province of corporate interests and as independent publications became property of overgrown media combines criticism became cheer leadingor company projects good bad or worseTime magazine God Said, Ha!: A Memoir for example is in charge of reviewing the product of Warner Brothers Studios However loud the chant goes that there is no undue influence put upon Time s assigned scribe it remains a rotten situation You wonder just how badly Richard Schickel could maul a particularly odious WB release without the worry of getting pink slipped The conseuence of this is that nearly every mainstream reviewer reads like Peter Travers manically upbeat cheery positive and utterly completely unreliable Critics as such are little than musicians who can play only one song Their answer to that charge would be naturally a variation of witlessly up sided spin Well yes and what s we can play Happy Birthday in every key It would be a nice party trick but it doesn t cutor discussion when you most desire one I have to confess that I did not read all of this and probably won t but I will read a great deal of it and enjoy Farber s perspective and style His take down of the American ilm hero or instance is brilliant and Martian and On the Right Side of a Dream funny as hell though also at the very same time dismaying in its accurate portrayal of what Americans buy as heroic Thanks to Manny I will be re watching Fassbinder Herzog and taking a look at some American B movies and directors that I ve missed omg omg OMG FINALLY. Eviously uncollected weekly reviewsor The New Republic and The Nation to his brilliant later essays some written in collaboration with his wife Patricia Patterson on Godard Fassbinder Herzog Scorsese Altman and others Featuring an introduction by editor Robert Polito that examines in detail the stages of Farber's career and his enduring significance as writer and thinker Farber on Film is a landmark volume that will be a classic in American criticismRobert Polito volume editor is a poet biographer and critic whose books include Doubles Hollywood God A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover and Savage Art A Biography of Jim Thompson or which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award He directs the Graduate Writing Program at the New School in New York CitySee the contents or Farber on Film PDF 142 KB. Dom Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II from theirst 150 pagesOn
Disney s Bambi Worst Effect Of All effect of all artiness is the preference now or cheaps Bambi The worst effect of all this artiness is the preference now or cheap in place of the movement which was the main thing before No longer do the trees and Michelin Green Guide Normandy flowers carry on like mad they are thereor pretty and as the camera moves slowly over them and you drink up all this tinseled loveliness there is the lone deer on the distant hilltop a gold aura around him Mickey wouldn t be caught dead in thisOn Welles The Magnificent Ambersons In keeping with this eclecticism are photographic tricks rom everywhere so unintegrated you can t miss them These aren t as objectionable as the general theatrical use of the camera which subscribes to the theory that six shadows are six times as dramatic as one and the blacker the better This eighty eight minute dim out negates nearly everything a camera can doOn Hitchcock s The Shadow of a Doubt Hitchcock shows here that sensationalism is not necessary to every part of a movie if the details of ordinary activity are examined or their ullest suggestiveness His most expressive moments are the sudden switches in emotion in midstride of an activity the abrupt change in the pace of a walk or the tone of a voice the sudden hurrying of people into position As a result he is producing movies of high uality As or his amous horror and suspense they are here On Preston Sturges The Miracle at Morgan s Creek Sturges has realized his trademark in this movie better than in any of his other ilms that is to keep a picture exploding What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World from scene to scene with a greatrenzy excitement and energy by gagging anything either I Got a New Friend for a laugh or to keep the pace and nature of the movie close to a rout Sturgesilms come very close to the energetic sadism of primitive comic strips like The Katzenjammer Kids and they are a ine pleasure It was a peculiar honor and pleasure to have taken classes by the late and revered ilm critic Manny Farber while an undergraduate at the University of California San Diego where he taught It was he Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your Life first among a host of seriousilm pundits who convinced me that a critic was someone who s copy a smart editor left untouched So long as the critic could write well knew his or her stuff regarding the art and history of cinema and who could meet deadlines without hassle the editor was wise not to try to change or modify a critic s opinionlet alone tamper with the prose style A readership distrusted reviewers who seemed to write great praises or every ilm a studio released and were drawn toward that critic they were sure they d an honest and well argued opinion rom One also would look or that critic who d managed to alert you to things in movie making that you hadn t been aware of or only had a vague notion about The blessing Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band for lovers of movies and readers of ualityilm criticism was the 2009 publication ofFarber on Film The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber The Meaning of Star Trek from Library of America Farber a painter of note as well as ailm critic brought to the task of reviewing the artist s eye he could take in the entire canvas and was able to discuss the visual styles of directors photographers and lighting technicians who could create a distinct set of techniues to get across a broad and subtle range of emotions The wonders of the collection is that one Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt finds that while Farber broke with the pack and wrote about movies as aully developed art in itself and not an adjunct or subsidiary orm to another ilm is no medium s poor cousin he wasn t a strident Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World formalist The social uses ofilm concerned him as well and through out this anthology one inds the juiciest of tidbits that clarify what s confused puncture what s pretentious highlight what his not discussedThe robust irrationality of the mouse comedies has been suelched by the syrup that has been gradually lowing over the Disney way Good work usually arises when the creators seem to have no ambitions towards gilt culture but are involved in a kind of suandering beaverish endeavor that isn t anywhere or anything It goes always Dump Truck Trouble/Lets Build a Doghouse! forward eating its own boundaries and likely as not leaves nothing in its path other than the signs of eager industrious unkempt activityMasterpiece art reminiscent of the enameled tobacco humidors and wooden lawn ponies bought at white elephant auctions decades ago has come to dominate the overpopulated arts of TV and movies Three sins of white elephant art are Nal or unsung who was doing goor broke art and not caring what comes of it he was uncompromising in his contempt Sometime After Midnight for pretension and trendinessor as he put it directors who pin the viewer to the wall and slug him with wet towels of artiness and significanceThe excitement of his criticism however has less to do with his particular likes and dislikes than with the uality of attention he paid to each Stop Inflammation Now!: A Step-By-Step Plan to Prevent, Treat, and Reverse Inflammation--The Leading Cause of Heart Disease and Related Conditions film as it unfolds to the chains of rapport and intimate knowledge in its moment to moment reality To transcribe that knowledge he created a prose that in Robert Polito's words allowsor oddities muddles crises contradictions dead ends multiple alternatives and divergent vistas The result is critical essays that are themselves works of artFarber on Film contains this extraordinary body of work in its entirety Eyes Behind the Lines: L Company Rangers in Vietnam, 1969 for theirst time rom his early and pr.