FILM 68/69 by Hollis & Andrew Sarris--Eds. Alpert

FILM 68/69

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is the second anthology by the National Society of Film Critics and, as might be expected, these are cogent, enlightened assessments of the year's landmarks. Here is representative work by the most esteemed critics (with the glaring omission of Judith Crist) as Pauline Kael warns Godard's followers against trying to imitate their innovational god's Weekend; Penelope Gilliatt spanks ""Nanny Wayne"" and the Green Berets; Wilfrid Sheed and Richard Schickel take opposing views of Petulia and Arthur Schlesinger finds The Producers (which just won an Oscar for script) ""an almost flawless triumph of bad taste."" If you're wondering about the enigmatic ending of 2001, well so is Joseph Morgenstern, but Penelope Gilliatt has an answer of sorts while Hollis Alpert came out of Norman Mailer's Wild 90 with ""wounded sensibilities."" Alpert also has an interesting essay on the generation gap between audiences for The Graduate vs. audiences for The Sound of Music (both box office record breakers). And Wilfrid Sheed finds that ""Burton and Taylor Must Go""; Andrew Sarris tarnishes The Oscar and. . . and. . . . Movies may be just bigger but Film Critics are better than ever and this should be a popular screening.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1969
Publisher: Simon & Schuster