Elevating the Film Review: Critics and Critical Practice at the Monthly Film Bulletin

MacDonald, Richard. 2016. Elevating the Film Review: Critics and Critical Practice at the Monthly Film Bulletin. Film Studies, 14(1), pp. 93-111. ISSN 1469-0314 [Article]

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This article focuses on the Monthly Film Bulletin, a magazine devoted to what is often regarded as the lowliest and most ephemeral form of film criticism: the film review. Studying the Bulletin's publication history, with a particular emphasis on the 1970s, the article challenges the dismissal of 'journalistically motivated' film criticism in academic discourse. It argues that the historical interest of the Bulletin's late period lies in its hybrid identity, a journal of record in which both accurate information and personal evaluation coexisted as values, and in which a polyphony of individu

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Monthly Film Bulletin; counter-cinema; criticism; film reviewing; political modernism

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


28 January 2016Accepted
1 March 2016Published Online

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28 Jul 2016 09:38

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29 Apr 2020 16:19

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