SLIDE SHOW: Film criticism 101: The essential library

by Matthew Seitz
October 20, 2011 2:20 AM
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As two new Pauline Kael books hit shelves, we search ours for other indispensable movie guides.

By Matt Zoller Seitz
Press Play Contributor

This is not a list of the greatest books of film criticism, or film history, or film culture, or anything of the sort. It is simply my personal “short stack” — a list of the 14 film books — listed on 13 slides, with one strategic pairing — that I have read or thought about more often than any others. Some are very old, others were published recently; all meant something to me as a critic and a person. The list is personal and meant to be open-ended, incomplete. It is only the beginning of a much larger list that I hope will be filled out by you in the Letters section.

What books of film criticism or film history have meant the most to you?

You can view Matt's slide show here at Salon.

A critic, journalist and filmmaker, Matt Zoller Seitz is the staff TV columnist for and the founder of Press Play.

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