15 May 1980
Show More Cinema: A Critical Dictionary: The Major Film-Makers edited by Richard Roud.
Secker, 1120 pp., £25, February 1980, 9780436428302Show More
The Dream that Kicks: The Prehistory and Early Years of Cinema in Britain by Michael Chanan.
Routledge, 356 pp., £12.50, January 1980, 0 7100 0319 6Show More
“... talents – Vigo, Cocteau, Antonioni, Straub. But how does Lubitsch qualify? Or Sternberg, Hitchcock, Hawks and Orson Welles? Their inclusion seems to me like bracketing Conrad with Edna Ferber or DashiellHammett – worthy enough artificers, but not engaged in mature art of the kind which deepens our lives. Uneasiness grows when Roud admits to his ‘blind spots’: Eisenstein, Murnau, Mizoguchi ...”