Farber on Film

22Aug10

Harper’s magazine has a long but worthwhile piece on the collected Manny Farber film reviews, to be found here. Among other details, Farber decried the use of a simple star rating (or thumb up or thumb down) to summarize a film, and thought of himself primarily as a painter, so that a “painter’s traits,” informed his criticism.

No critic is the gospel (and really, I don’t even think the gospel is the gospel) but this strikes me as a valuable contribution. I like the idea of various kinds of cross-pollination in the arts, and I’m always glad to see writers blogging about music, or whatever else. And while I trust this is writing that deserves an expensive hardcover release, I’ll look forward to the paperback.

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