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What is the crisis in film criticism This short essay will examine the critic and his role in 20th century film criticism through analyzing various writings and essays In J Hobermans essay The Film Critic of Tomorrow Today the author raises several intriguing questions about film critics Specifically he asks what function todays critic plays in writing about film By extension what is the relation between film critics and films Is the function of a film critic to uncover the hidden meaning of a film and to relay the meaning to an uninitiated audience Must the review provided by the critic merely describe a filmic event or can writings about the film produce events themselves Is there a need to revisit historical filmic methodologies in an effort to trace the recent move away from so-called film criticism in the 20th century Hoberman argues that current film critics have become part of the vast machine devoted to commercial and communal taste feeling and desires which has led 20th century critics to publish a John Doe commodified critique when the main objective is to sell the film Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films and as a rule can be divided into two broad areas academic criticism by film scholars and journalistic film criticism that appears regularly in newspapers and magazines In the past couple of years the film critic his authority and his ability to analyze films have come under close scrutiny In Maurice Bergers The Crisis of Criticism the author addresses the problematic nature of the film critics authority Berger feels that film criticism today is primarily descriptive anecdotal and subjectively evaluative rather than analytical Todays film critics have to review every piece of commercial trash that Hollywood though not exclusively throws up into their laps every week Hoberman agrees with Berger and feels that weve been here before and attributes the current crisis in filmic criticism to too much outside pressure
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