What is Film Criticism? (Essay)



In addition to regular film reviews, CineMuseFilms will occasionally publish essays that examine various aspects of film criticism and contemporary cinema. It is hoped that these papers will be interesting to film students, cinephiles, film writers and aspiring critics. Others may simply be curious to know more about this popular genre of cultural expression.

The first in the series is a 6,000 word paper titled “The Origin, Purpose and Future of Film Criticism”. It reviews the history of film criticism; its links to cultural criticism; approaches to film writing; and controversies surrounding criticism, It debunks arguments that contemporary film criticism is in crisis and shows it as a vibrant medium of engagement with film literacy.

The essay is available as a pdf via the ESSAY menu on CineMuseFilms.

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