Edited by Mark Crispin Miller, this collection of essays on American cinema amounts to the last word on genres and modes of filmmaking that defined cinema during the middle decades of its existence.
The lineup of pieces includes:
*Pat Aufderhyde on the "re-fighting" of the Vietnam war in ways that oversimplified the conflict, and offered American viewers an unearned sense of redemption and purpose;
*Stuart Klawans on the corporate forces behind the push to colorize black-and-white cinema treasures in the late 1980s;
*Mark Crispin Miller on the influx of TV-style storytelling and visual grammar into theatrical films in the 1980s, in ways that degraded the expressive possibilities of the art form;
*Douglas Gombry on the financial and cultural reasons why movie palaces gave way to multiplexes;
* Peter Biskind (Easy Riders, Raging Bulls) on the reshaping of storytelling by George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and their peers and pupils, in a manner that (Biskind argues) "infantilizes" individual viewers, and film culture as a whole.
Part of The Pantheon Guide to Popular Culture, a series of informed yet accessible volumes of cultural criticism released in the late '80s/early '90s, Seeing Through Movies presents a snapshot of the state of the art at that moment. It is filled with astute, provocative, often cutting observations that had the sting of the new at the time, and were absorbed by subsequent generations of critics and scholars.
- Publisher : Pantheon; First Edition (May 26, 1990)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 266 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679723676
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679723677
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
All copies are new, but guaranteed in good to excellent condition. Due to the book's out-of-print status and frequent use as a scholarly text, there may be some underlining or highlighting, and some volumes may have library markings/cards/stamping.