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NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS SERIES


Formed in 1965, the National Society of Film Critics is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the best in movie arts. Among the society's forty-two members are David Ansen, Richard Corliss, Judith Crist, Roger Ebert, Hal Hinson, J. Hoberman, Carrie Rickey, Julie Salamon, Richard Schickel, Stephen Schiff, Michael Sragow, Peter Rainer, and Bruce Williamson.



Flesh and Blood

SEX, VIOLENCE, AND CENSORSHIP

EDITED BY PETER KEOUGH


In Flesh and Blood, fifth in Mercury House's National Society of Film Critics series, the nation's leading film reviewers tackle the difficult issue of sex and violence in the movies. Sex and violence have always been essential ingredients of artistic creation. The critics in this anthology ponder on how these elements can be employed effectively and responsibly, and how the interests of society and art can be protected without crude and counterproductive censoring approaches to the problem. This volume, including some of the most provocative work of many of our finest critics, promises to raise the level of discourse on the subject of sex, violence, and censorship. With reviews of such films as Pulp Fiction, Henry and June, and Natural Born Killers, it addresses such topics as voyeurism (thought by some to be the essence of the cinematic experience), women as aggressors, alternative lifestyles, cult interests such as slasher films, and issues of exploitation.

Peter Keough has been the film editor of the Boston Phoenix since 1989. He has also written for the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Sight and Sound.


392 pages
August 1995
Paper $14.95


They Went Thataway

REDEFINING FILM GENRES

EDITED BY RICHARD T. JAMESON

Westerns, comedy, film noir, sci-fi, horror, romance, action, war, and more. The nation's top film critics discuss and review the movies and players who have defined or redefined movie genres. Includes a recommended viewing appendix.


392 pages
Paper $16.95


Produced and Abandoned

THE BEST FILMS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN

EDITED BY MICHAEL SRAGOW

"A hip fan's guide to films still in limbo, somewhere between initial failure and sainthood."
Voice Literary Supplement


"American criticism at its best."
variety


392 Pages
Paper $9.95


Foreign Affairs

VIDEO GUIDE TO FOREIGN FILMS

EDITED BY KATHY SCHULZ HUFFHINES


The definitive paperback foreign film guide, this ample and entertaining book covers hundreds of the best foreign films available at chain video stores, specialty shops, and mail-order rental agencies.

"A splendid volume...intelligent, graceful musings on a body of film work...now widely available on video -- by many of the foremost American talents in film criticism."
Los Angeles Reader

592 Pages
Paper $14.95


Love and Hisses

THE HOTTEST MOVIE CONTROVERSIES

EDITED BY PETER RAINER


Love and Hisses pits the nation's leading critics against each other as they take opposing sides on the most hotly debated movie controversies.

"A remarkably stimulating book, high in entertainment."
Backstage/Shoot

"Loves and Hisses will delight those who have found themselves in disagreement with a critic about a particular controversial film."
Los Angeles Daily News

560 Pages
Paper $16.95

 

 
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