Summer 1965 • Vol. XXVII No. 3 Reviews: Dickens and Some Others: Special Review SectionJuly 1, 1965 |

Tea and Astringency

TEA AND ASTRINGENCY CINEMA EYE, CINEMA EAR by John Russell Taylor. Hill and Wang, $5.95. I LOST IT AT THE MOVIES by Pauline Kael. Atlantic-Little, Brown, $6.00. The two books in question comprise a polarity that finds very nearly the whole panorama of contemporary film criticism, with all its ups, downs, and variegations, sprawled between them. An inventory of the ways in which Miss Kael's approach differs from Mr. Taylor's could go on ad infinitum, but a partial one will suffice to suggest the sort of contrast I mean: where Miss Kael is emotional, Mr. Taylor is phlegmatic; where Miss Kael writes with an immediacy colored by personal involvement that is sometimes excessive, Mr. Taylor treats his material with the remove of an Egyptologist lecturing on tomb artifacts; where Miss Kael is head-over-heels enthusiastic, Mr. Taylor is not unwilling to admit of certain merits; where Miss Kael makes headlong commitments, Mr. Taylor chooses to reserve decision; where Miss Kael seeks the

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TEA AND ASTRINGENCY CINEMA EYE, CINEMA EAR by John Russell Taylor. Hill and Wang, $5.95. I LOST IT AT THE MOVIES by Pauline Kael. Atlantic-Little, Brown, $6.00. The two books […]

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