Documenting Film Criticism

Just a day or so after writing about my experience of watching myself in Sujewa’s documentary about indie film bloggers, I came across a Chicago Reader blog post discussing a new documentary by Gerald Peary, For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism, which I am now incredibly curious to see.  Peary’s film, according to the Reader, features interviews with Roger Ebert, Elvis Mitchell, A.O. Scott, and Andrew Sarris, as well as a number of critics who have made their reputation on the web, including Harry Knowles an Karina Longworth.

Unlike Sujewa’s film, Peary’s documentary spends some time covering the history of film criticism (incluing discussion of Frank E. Woods, whom Peary describes as the first film critic) while also addressing some of the changes in the practice of film reviewing and criticism in the age of blogging.  Peary is also attentive to the distinctions between criticism and reviewing, as ilustrate in this interview with Boston University Today, a definiitonal distinction that I occasionally tried to address here a couple of years ago, sometimes with frustrating results. At any rate, I’m incredibly curious to see Peary’s film.


  1. cinetrix Said,

    November 28, 2008 @ 11:30 pm


    I saw a rough cut at Gerry and Amy’s in April–it’s amazing stuff. I’ve also posted now and again on its progress toward completion over the past few years and would provide linkage if I wasn’t sooo sleepy.

  2. Chuck Said,

    November 29, 2008 @ 12:37 am

    I think I’ve seen a couple of mentions of it on your blog. I’m certainly very much looking forward to seeing it.

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