Now it can be told. A work-in-progress screening of Gerald Peary and Amy Geller's film criticism doc, For the Love of Movies, unspools in the Rockies this afternoon--2 p.m. mountain time--at the Telluride Film Festival.
For the first time ever, a documentary celebrates film critics. It dramatizes how, for a hundred years (1907-2007), practically the history of American movies, they have championed this medium they so unabashedly love. In surveying the voices and faces and personalities behind the bylines, we recognize the immense value of critics as advocates for films of artistic integrity, and original vision, and social relevance. They are a too-rare oppositional force to the conglomerate power of advertisers, who push audiences to escapist mass entertainment. And where independent and foreign films are concerned, critics are, perhaps, even more important, their reviews essential to bringing an audience to these films.
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