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"André Bazin is known as a proponent of appreciative criticism, wherein only critics who like a film can write a review of it, thus encouraging constructive criticism."

"They can keep their Bressons and their Cocteaus. The cinematic, modern marvelous is popular, and the best and most exciting films are, beginning with Méliès and Fantômas, the films shown in local fleapits, films which seem to have no place in the history of cinema." --Le Surréalisme au cinéma (1953) by Adonis A. Kyrou

Canon by date of birth: Parker Tyler, Pauline Kael, Amos Vogel, Adonis A. Kyrou, Raymond Durgnat, Roger Ebert, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, J. Hoberman, Danny Peary - Jack Sargeant, Richard Scheib

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This page Film criticism is part of the film series.
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Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films, individually and collectively. In general this can be divided into journalistic criticism that appears regularly in newspapers and other popular, mass-media outlets and academic criticism by film scholars that is informed by film theory and published in journals.


In France

Since the inception of cinema, France has been a leading nation of cinephilia and film criticism.

Early French film magazines

Early periodicals destined to the cinephile and cultivated public included Cinéa, created in 1921 by Louis Delluc, La Gazette des sept arts (1922-1924) by Ricciotto Canudo, Photo-ciné (1927-1929) and the short-lived Cinégraphie (1927-1928), edited and illustrated by Jean Dréville, with contributions by Alberto Cavalcanti, Germaine Dulac and Jean Epstein. These magazines were concerned with giving the nascent medium an air of respectability and defend avant-garde film.

Post-World War II

In the Post-World War II critical magazine Cahiers du cinéma founded by André Bazin, critics and lovers of film would discuss film and why it worked. Modern film theory was born there. Additionally, Cahiers critics such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, etc. went on to make films themselves, creating what was to become known as the French New Wave. Some of the first movies of this new genre was Godard's Breathless (À bout de souffle, 1960), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and - the leading movie - Truffaut's The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cent Coups, 1959) starring Jean-Pierre Léaud.

1960s and 1970s

Eric Losfeld was the publisher of two film magazines (Midi Minuit Fantastique and Positif).

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In the United States

The history of American film criticism is told in the documentary film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009).

Jahsonic's long list of film critics

Long list of film critics: Andrew Sarris, Danny Peary, Andy Black, Jack Sargeant, Andrea Juno, Pauline Kael, Roger Ebert, Jeffrey Hoberman, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Richard Scheib, Parker Tyler, Adonis Kyrou, Raymond Durgnat, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Manny Farber, Pete Tombs, Amos Vogel, Tim Lucas, Slavoj Žižek

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