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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 80 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2009
Available in French: No


For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism is the first documentary to dramatize the rich saga of American movie reviewing. Directed by Boston Phoenix critic, Gerald Peary, For the Love of Movies offers an insider's view of the critics' profession, with commentary from America's best-regarded reviewers, Roger Ebert (The Chicago Sun-Times), A.O. Scott (The New York Times), Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly), and Kenneth Turan (The Los Angeles Times). We also hear from young, articulate, Internet voices, including Harry Knowles (ainitcoolnews.com) and Karina Longworth (spout.com). Their stories are entertaining, humorous, and personal. Those who hear them may gain new respect for the film critic profession, knowing the faces and voices, and also the history.

From the raw beginnings of criticism before The Birth of a Nation to the incendiary Pauline Kael-Andrew Sarris debates of the 1960s and 70s to the battle today between youthful on-liners and the print establishment, this documentary illuminates the role that film criticism has played in the evolution of American film.

With James Agee, Jami Bernard, Vincent Canby, Bosley Crowther, David D'Arcy, Manny Farber, Owen Gleiberman, Molly Haskell, J. Hoberman, Harlan Jacobson, Stanley Kauffmann, Stuart Klawans, Harry Knowles, Vachel Lindsay, Leonard Maltin, Janet Maslin, Elvis Mitchell, Wesley Morris, John Powers, Rex Reed, B. Ruby Rich, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Richard Schickel, Robert Sherwood, David Sterritt, Mike Szymanski, Scott Weinberg, Frank E. Woods, Lisa Nesselson, Otis Ferguson, Richard Corliss, Gene Siskel, Michael Wilmington. 

DVD version includes 40 minutes of extended talks with John Waters, Elvis Mitchell, Roger Ebert, and Gerald Peary; English and Spanish language subtitles; and scene selection. 




Screened at: 
  • South by Southwest Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
  • Montreal World Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival
  • Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara
  • Nashville Film Festival
  • Atlanta Film Festival
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
  • Starz Documentary Series, Denver, CO
  • RiverRun International Film Festival
  • Independent Film Festival Boston
  • Berkshire International Film Festival
  • Lake Placid Film Festival
  • Provincetown International Film Festival
  • Maine International Film Festival
  • Woods Hole Film Festival
  • Mar Del Plata Film Festival
  • South By Southwest