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James Agee: Film Writing and Selected Journalism (Library of America) [Hardcover]

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Collects some of the writing of James Agee, focusing on his film reviews, book reviews, and the screenplay of "The Night of the Hunter."

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This Library of America volume supplements the classic pieces from Agee on Film with previously uncollected writings on Ingrid Bergman, the Marx Brothers, Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, Vittorio De Sica's Shoeshine, and a wealth of other cinematic subjects.
Agee's own work as a screenwriter is represented by his script for Charles Laughton's unique and haunting masterpiece of Southern gothic, The Night of the Hunter, adapted from the novel by Davis Grubb. This collection also includes examples of Agee's masterfully probing reporting for Fortune - on subjects as diverse as the Tennessee Valley Authority, commercial orchids, and cockfighting - and a sampling of literary reviews, among them appreciations of William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, S. J. Perelman, and William Carlos Williams.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   748
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 22, 2005
Publisher   Library of America
ISBN  1931082820  
ISBN13  9781931082822  

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More About James Agee

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JAMES AGEE (1909 55) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was hired as a staff writer at "Fortune" in 1932. Two years later, his collection of poetry, "Permit Me Voyage," won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His book about Alabama tenant farmers during the Great Depression, "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," appeared in 1941. Agee was later renowned for his film criticism, which appeared regularly in "The Nation" and "Time," and for co-writing the screenplays for "The African Queen" and "The Night of the Hunter." He died two years before his major work of fiction, "A Death in the Family," was published and won the Pulitzer Prize.
Photographer WALKER EVANS (1903 75) was on loan from the Resettlement Administration when he began collaborating with James Agee. He joined the staff of "Time "in 1945 and shortly afterward became an editor at "Fortune," where he stayed for the next two decades. In 1964, he became a professor at the Yale University School of Art, teaching until his death in 1975.
ADAM HASLETT (introduction) is the author of "Union Atlantic" and "You Are Not a Stranger Here."
JOHN SUMMERS (editor) is the editor in chief of "The Baffler.""

James Agee was born in 1909 and died in 1955.

James Agee has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Neversink Library
  2. Penguin Classics

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > Communications > Film Studies
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4Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism
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8Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Collections & Readers
9Books > Subjects > Reference > Writing > Journalism

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Insightful, Inspired, Kind  Jun 17, 2008
James Agee was the first film critic, that I know of, who percieved and prophesied the poetic power of images on film. After reading his addictive reviews and enjoying his rich and witty prose the reader will know a lot about Agee the man, his sensitivities, his ideals and his prejudices. Anyone interested in film from the 1940's or film criticism in general should really own this book.

An excerpt:
"During the long climax these clashings blend in such a way that the picture, faults and all, soars along one of the rarest heights possible to art-the height from which it is seen that the whole race, including the observer, is to be pitied, laughed at, and revered for its delusions of personal competence for good, evil, or mere survival, as it sleepwalks along ground which continuously opens bottomless chasms beneath the edges of its feet."

Obviously these are not simply movie reviews, they are personal essays on the topic of film revealing a sensitive humanist and visionary of the latent power of images.
Film Writing and Selected Journalism  Dec 14, 2005
Includes the classic Agee on Film as well as the screenplay for the classic, chilling Night of the Hunter, this is a must read for film fans of the WWII era. Never shy to express an opinion, Agee wrote with great passion and intellegence about the films of the period. I was esp. impressed with the features he wrote for the fledgling perodical - The Nation. When he discovered a film he liked, he would delve into great detail on what interested him in the work (sometimes pieces would continue from one issue into the next). I also appreciated his willingness to say that a film touched a particular interest in him and might not be to the taste of all readers (can you imagine a critic doing that today - actually putting him or herself out there as just another spectator as opposed to a critical god....) As with the theatrical writings of Ken Tynan - a treasure.

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