Come si scrive e come non si scrive di cinema.
American Movie Critics - An Anthology From the Silents Until Now.
Edited by Phillip Lopate.
720 pp. The Library of America. $40.
Meno teorie e schemi si impiegano meglio sarà quel che diciamo a proposito di un film (probabilmente anche di un libro). Pare sia quel che si ricava da questa antologia - monumentale - di recensioni di famosi critici americani.
It quickly becomes obvious that those without theories write better. You already knew that your friend who's so funny about the "Star Wars" tradition of frightful hairstyles for women (in the corrected sequence of sequel and prequel, Natalie Portman must have passed the bad-hair gene down to Carrie Fisher) is much less boring than your other friend who can tell you how science fiction movies mirror the dynamics of American imperialism. This book proves that history is with you: perceptions aren't just more entertaining than formal schemes of explanation, they're also more explanatory.