National Society of Film Critics dares to go where few mainstream critics have gone before-to the heart of what gets the colored lights going, as they say in A Streetcar Named Desire. Here is their take on the films that quicken their (and our) pulses-an enterprise both risky and risque, an entertaining overview of the most arousing films Hollywood has every produced. The collection includes essays by J. Hoberman on Basic Instinct; Amy Taubin on Vertigo and The Age of Innocence; Matt Zoller Seitz on The Last of the Mohicans; Emanuel Levy on Deep Throat; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Crash (the Cronenberg one!); Stephanie Zacharek on Femme Fatale and Great Expectations; Michael Sragow on Splendor in the Grass; Eleanor Ringel Gillespie on Wuthering Heights, and many more.
6 x 0.8 x 9 inches