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part due simply to the newness of cinema as an art. It also owes to the happy
accident that films for such a long time were just movies; in other words, that they
were understood to be part of mass, as opposed to high, culture, and were left ...
It is precisely the defect of the naturalistic theater and cinema that, giving itself too
readily, it easily consumes and exhausts its effects. Ultimately, the greatest
source of emotional power in art lies not in any particular subject-matter, however
... cannot be pressed too literally. Nevertheless, the cinema has had not only its
Richardson, but its Dickens, its Tolstoy, its Balzac, its Proust, its Nathanael West.
And then there are the curious marriages of style and conception in the cinema.
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review