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By James Agee

My experiment at three hundred dpi, OCR'd, eight b/w pictures on the finish integrated - quantity 2 includes 5 movie scripts, a pdf already exists

Amazon quote: The lion's proportion of 'Agee on movie, vol. I', is dedicated to James Agee's paintings as a columnist for 'The Nation', the place he wrote approximately movie from 1942 to 1948. It isn't precisely transparent if this quantity includes each column he wrote for that journal - nowhere is it pointed out somehow, and there are gaps within the dates attributed to the entries. that could be merely simply because he didn't give a contribution to each factor, however it will be great to understand if this is often all of the fabric from this resource - an writer who charges the Library of the USA remedy charges an entire assortment. different sections of this quantity contain some of Agee's weekly movie studies for 'Time Magazine' from 1941 to 1948, a few miscellaneous articles for 'Partisan Review' and 'Sight and Sound', and 'Life Magazine' positive aspects - 'Comedy's maximum Era' and 'Undirectable Director'. the 1st of those good points bargains with the comedians of silent movie - Chaplin, Keaton, Langdon, and Lloyd; the second one issues John Huston. [....]

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His performance is the most sympathetic of his career; and beneath it his personal fondness for "the part" and his awareness how to temper his mannerisms to an unshorn wind show like several inches of slip. If I seem to be going out of my way to find faults to explain what was chiefly a troubling of intuition-and I'm afraid I may be-let me at least pay my respects to this film by adding that I find the same arteriosclerotic fault-of-attitude harming still better things-nearly all the good writing of this century, the films of Pudovkin and Pabst, and some of the music of Brahms.

It is so good, and so simply good, that it is hard to do more than urge that you see it. In the camera work, the cutting, the music and sound, the commentary, it is a clean, simple demonstration that creative imagination is the only possible substitute for the plainest sort of good sense-and is, after all, merely an intensification of good sense to the point of incandescence. There is hardly one moment in the collaboration of cameras that implies a truly creative eye, that makes a subject be itself with the intensity of a diamond; but on the other hand there is hardly a shot which by any sort of dramatizing, prearrangement, or sentimentalization gets in the way of the high honest average chance for magnificence which any face or machine or light or terrain possesses, left to its own devices.

This first film is likely to hasten and intensify our cooperation with the Soviet Union. It may even help frustrate those who-if my naive impression is correct-plan to win this particular peace by destroying the Soviet Union, dominating Europe with the help of Bryn Mawr graduates and domesticated democrats, and reducing China to an Anglo-American-owned, Japanese-policed laundry. To whatever degree the film may help frustrate such intentions, and enrich our alliance, I feel considerable passion in its favor.

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