- Title: The Pleasure-Dome: The Collected Film Criticism 1935-40 [Of] Graham Greene
- Author: Graham Greene
- ISBN: 9780436187988
- Page: 197
- Format: Hardcover
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Greene's stint as a film critic was relatively short-lived, but somewhat legendary and still fodder for oft-quoted gems. His high literary status has given him cred, for one thing. For another, he operated during some of the peak years of Hollywood's golden age, so the films he covered were sometimes significant ones, though his often razor-sharp critiques of slick tripe unworthy of his attention also are fun and fascinating. The most notorious of his reviews, however, is regrettably missing fro [...]
This is, to me, one of the best books of film reviews ever - on the same pinnacle that I place Pauline Kael's 5001 NIGHTS AT THE MOVIES (or any of her books of reviews) or AGEE ON FILM. They're all out of print or eBook, which I believe is a crime against intelligent reviewing - can't some publisher put all these people's work out electronically, at least, so we can enjoy it again?THE PLEASURE DOME covers Twentieth Century novelist/screenwriter Graham Greene's (THE THIRD MAN, THE QUIET AMERICAN, [...]
Everyone who ever tries to write should read, to see how well description of plot can be done - and how impossible it is to do it as well. The only rival to his plot summaries are the plots Henry James tells to himself in his Journals. Also, for both - an example of how fiction becomes truth (I write as one who always writes truth, but never could write fiction)mple:“pioneers build their city, racketeers build gambling halls; pioneers though outnumbering gunmen a hundred to one, are all old me [...]
May I quote a bit of his critique of Olivier as Heathcliff: "This Heathcliff would never have married for revenge (Mr Olivier's nervous, breaking voice belongs to balconies and Verona and romantic love)"
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