Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

For the Love of Movies

Year: 2008
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 81 minutes

For the Love of Movies
For the Love of Movies

What leads otherwise sane writers to pursue careers as movie reviewers? This documentary, directed by Gerald Peary, veteran film critic of The Boston Phoenix, provides a clue. FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES chronicles the history of film criticism, beginning in the early 20th century - when neither making movies nor writing about them was a terribly legitimate profession - through the decades when reviewers such as Bosley Crowther reigned supreme at The New York Times. The legendary debate between Andrew Sarris and Pauline Kael over auteurism in the 60s and 70s is described in humorous detail. The popular influences of television personalities such as Siskel and Ebert, the waning of print-based professional film reviews, and the recent dawn of consumer reviews on the internet are also discussed. Peary offers a unique insider's view of his highly influential trade, interviewing colleagues whose faces are less well-known than their bylines: A.O. Scott of The New York Times, Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly, and young Web voices like's Harry Knowles and's Karina Longworth. You'll never read a movie review the same way again. – B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Monday, March 22, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Gerald Peary

Gerald Peary has a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Wisconsin and has taught film studies at many universities. He currently heads the film program at Suffolk University, Boston. Since 1997 he has been the curator for the Boston University Cinematheque and a film critic for the Boston Phoenix.


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