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Title:
Produced and abandoned : the best films you've never seen
Author:
Sragow, Michael.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Mercury House, 1990.
Physical Description:
374 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780916515843
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Booklist Review

Thanks to video, movies that didn't lend themselves to the promotional blitzes necessary for prolonged box office draw get a second chance. This guide to the "best" of "neglected" films shows that they are more creative, subtle, provocative, unpredictable, and fresh than their commercial siblings. Containing almost 100 reviews from films released in the last 20 years, this selection includes many productions by "A-list" directors at their most personal and daring including John Huston, Robert Altman, Brian De Palma, Jonathan Demme, and Francis Ford Coppola. Contributing reviewers include Pauline Kael, Judith Crist, Roger Ebert, Richard Schickel, and Stephen Schiff. Fourteen chapters group the films under such headings as "Unseen Truths," "Off the Beaten Laugh Track," and "Shades of Noir." More specialized and in-depth than Leonard Maltin's guides, this is a great tool for connoisseurs of cinema. To be indexed. ~--Donna Seaman


Publisher's Weekly Review

To assemble this guide for film lovers in search of intriguing videos to rent, Sragow, movie critic for the San Francisco Examiner , asked 29 fellow members of the National Society of Film Critics for ``strongly argued reviews of movies they had championed, even if that meant going out on a limb.'' There is something obscure for every taste, from By Design , a ``sunny sex comedy'' starring Patty Duke Astin as half of a lesbian couple, to Lodz Ghetto , an ``evocative and horrifying'' Holocaust documentary--although most video stores are unlikely to carry such fare. But many of the films, such as A Cry in the Dark , starring Meryl Streep, and Rob Reiner's highly praised satire This Is Spinal Tap , hardly seem to fit the book's subtitle, The Best Films You've Never Seen . The guide is marred by pretentiousness, as when Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader laboriously compares Martin Scorsese's After Hours with the director's earlier film Raging Bull , with less-than-compelling insights: ``Where Raging Bull covered a period of some 20 years . . . the new film takes place in the small hours of a single night.'' The incisive reviews of critics like Terrence Rafferty and Pauline Kael are a refreshing contrast. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Despite the nicely punning title, the National Society of Film Critics' third compendium of reviews, following Comedy ( LJ 1/1/77) and Movie Star ( LJ 11/15/81), devotes itself seriously to a defense of movies available on home video that were critically ignored, ill distributed, or commercial bombs when originally released in theaters. The 40 members of the society, who write for general-interest magazines and newspapers, admirably clean out their clip files around this theme: a few of the reviews were unpublished, but most appeared between 1970 and 1990; none is original for this work. Like its predecessors, this is an incisive collection that proves there are some fine critics writing on the land mass between Los Angeles and New York.-- David Bartholo - mew, NYPL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.