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Amazon quote: The lion's proportion of 'Agee on movie, vol. I', is dedicated to James Agee's paintings as a columnist for 'The Nation', the place he wrote approximately movie from 1942 to 1948. It isn't precisely transparent if this quantity includes each column he wrote for that journal - nowhere is it pointed out in some way, and there are gaps within the dates attributed to the entries. that could be purely simply because he didn't give a contribution to each factor, however it will be great to understand if this can be all of the fabric from this resource - an writer who premiums the Library of the USA remedy premiums a whole assortment. different sections of this quantity comprise some of Agee's weekly movie reports for 'Time Magazine' from 1941 to 1948, a few miscellaneous articles for 'Partisan Review' and 'Sight and Sound', and 'Life Magazine' beneficial properties - 'Comedy's maximum Era' and 'Undirectable Director'. the 1st of those gains bargains with the comedians of silent movie - Chaplin, Keaton, Langdon, and Lloyd; the second one matters John Huston. [....]

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Their feeling for phenomena, whether human or inani· 24 / Agee on Film mate, is at the same time sensuously sharp, shy, and critical, without either great energy or vulgarity or depth; so that when they are confronted with simple people, toward whom they feel remote and tender, or with a powerful and simple subject, they are at an essential loss, against which, on a secondary level, they have excellently equipped themselves. In that sense of loss they retreat to two forts: that of "kitsch," used gently and with the severe withdrawal of irony of which ironists are best capable; and that of the taste, the devices, the exquisite sense of detail, the regard for form, by which they rectify and perfect the kitsch, refine their essential sentimentality, and set up defenses against any attack on it.

The Nation In the fall of 1942, James Agee was asked to do a movie column for The Nation. Margaret Marshall, then Literary Editor, gave him free rein to cover what he wanted and to write as he pleased. As a result of her understanding attitude, the reviews became the highly personalized expression of an extremely gifted and sensitive American artist. December 26, 1942 I wouLD like so to use this column about moving pictures as to honor and discriminate the subject through interesting and serving you who are reading it.

Finally, I regret having missed The Ox-Bow Incident and for the moment can only pass on the word of trustworthy people that it is worth seeing, as I would expect a William Wellman film to be. 1943 • The Nation / 43 July 3, 1943 I oNLY hope Major de Seversky and Walt Disney know what they are talking about, for I suspect an awful lot of people who see Victory Through Air Power are going to think they do. Certainly I am not equipped to argue with them. I have the feeling I was sold something under pretty high pressure, which I don't enjoy, and I am staggered by the ease with which such self-confidence, on matters of such importance, can be blared all over a nation, without cross-questioning.

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