Monday, 22 February 2010

Manny Farber Studies

Last updated February 23, 2010
Distinguished scholars Robert Polito and Patricia Patterson discuss Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber, a collection of Farber's film criticism that spans his early weekly reviews for The New Republic and The Nation to his later essays (some written in collaboration with his wife, Patricia Patterson). Farber's unusual and pointed prose was credited by many with reinventing film criticism. Later, he devoted himself to his painting and taught film and art at UC San Diego from 1970 to 1987. Courtesy of UCtelevision

Well, looky here at this, says Film Studies For Free: a remarkably rich and informative, hour-long discussion about the work of legendary American film critic Manny Farber. And there's another, half hour shorter documentary embedded at the foot of this post that tackles the subject of Farber's painting, and places it in the context of his film-critical work, to a certain extent.

FSFF adds to the experience by providing some links to other choice scholarly material about Farber. Readers might also like to revisit FSFF's monumental links post The Value of Style: Film Criticism in Scholarship

There's another Farber related post coming up at this here blog very soon [now posted], so y'all come back now, and we'll ditch the possibly unconvincing, and certainly irrelevant, American accent...


Manny Farber and Hugh Davies of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
[The video package about Manny Farber begins eleven minutes in].
Learn about two men who are helping to put San Diego on the art world's map: Hugh Davies, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and local painter Manny Farber. In the studio with Gloria Penner are: Stephanie Hanor, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Robert Pincus, Art Critic, San Diego Union-Tribune. 

2 comments:

Mike Lippert said...

It's good to see a great critic getting his due after his death. I purchased Farber on Farber along with another antholgy titled American Film Criticism and can't wait to get into them. Sadly, being a student all you see to be able to read are textbooks but the moment I'm done, Farber will get his due.

Catherine Grant said...

Thanks for your comment, Mike. Look forward to reading your thoughts on Farber.