CIRCLES AND SQUARES PAULINE KAEL PDF

Goll The smell of a skunk is more distinguishable than the perfume of a rose; does that make it better?. He is a good critic if he helps people understand more about the work than they could lael for themselves; he is a great critic, if by his understanding and feeling paulinf the work, by his passion, he can excite people so that they want to experience more of the art that is there, waiting to be seized. I will indicate where I feel both critics have got things right and got things wrong. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Kael is asserting that the auteur theory venerates directors who repeat uninteresting and obvious devices.

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Vimuro Kael goes on to add:. Kael is asserting that the auteur theory venerates directors who repeat uninteresting and obvious devices. The art of the critic is to transmit his knowledge of and enthusiasm for art to others.

The article is professionally written and I feel like the author knows the subject very well. The smell of a skunk is more distinguishable than the perfume of a rose; does that make cicrles better?. What Kael seems to be asking is whether this circlew really a good criterion for the critique of film.

Film aesthetics as a distinct, specialized field is a bad joke. Kael proceeds by exploring the three premises or criterion of judgement that Sarris sets out. An artist who is not a good technician can indeed create new standards, because standards of technical competence are based on comparisons with work already done.

It takes extraordinary intelligence and discrimination and taste to use any theory in the arts, and that without those qualitites, a theory becomes a rigid formula which is indeed what is happening among auteur critics. Infallible taste is inconceivable; what could it be measured against?

Kael, in characteristically sardonic and bitchy style, explains that: According to Kael if a director does not unify his style, the form, with the content of the script, then the director does not produce good art.

This site uses cookies. I will indicate where I feel both critics have got things right and got things wrong. Post pauine not sent — check your email addresses! The distinguishable personality of the director as a criterion of value. Pwuline, like Sarris, who ask for objective standards seem to want a theory of criticism which makes the critic unnecessary. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Jan Feb Mar Apr. He is a bad critic if he does not awaken the curiosity, enlarge the interests and understanding of his audience.

One may be able to more distinctly distinguish the gaudy, accidental, clumsy hand of a second-rate director than the light, delicate hand of a first-rate director but it does not, or should not, indicate the better director between the two. Sorry, your blog cannot wnd posts by email. Oxford University Press,pp. It is an insult to an artist to praise his bad work along with his good; it indicates that you are incapable of judging either Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Notify mael of new comments via email.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Introductory Readings2nd Edition, Oxford: The greatness of critics like Bazin in France and Agee in America may have something to do with their using their full range of intelligence and intuition, rather than relying on formulas. Oct Nov Dec I read your posts for quite a long time and should tell you that your articles are always valuable to readers. This is not so far from the way the auteur critics work, either. He is a good critic if he helps people understand more about the work than they could see for themselves; he is a great critic, if by his understanding and feeling for the work, by his passion, he can excite people so that they want circcles experience more of the art that is there, waiting to be seized.

Pahline goes on to add: The auteur critic, according to Kael, prefers products made out of inferior products: You are commenting using your WordPress. Kael, in characteristically sardonic and bitchy style, explains that:. A Couple of Squared Circles, Sarris and Kael — Part II — The Motley View To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: These critics work embarrassingly hard trying to give some semblance of intellectual respectability to a preoccupation with mindless, repetitious commercial products.

Criticism is an art, not a science, and a critic who follows rules will fail in one of his most important functions: And he is expendable if categories replace experience; a critic with a single theory is like a gardener who uses a lawn mower on everything that grows.

There must ;auline another circle that Sarris forget to get to — the one where the secrets are kept. But how does kawl distinguishable personality function as a criterion for judging the works? The technical competence of a director as a criterion of value. This is obvious in listening to music, seeing plays, reading novels, watching actors; we take it for granted that this is how we perceive the development or the decline of an artist.

South Yorkshire England View all posts by A. As Kael notes artists have always re-used older material. He is not necessarily a bad critic if he makes errors in judgment. And it is very difficult to explain to such people that criticism is exciting just because there is no formula to apply, just because you must use everything you are and everything you know that is relevant, and that film criticism is particularly exciting just because of the multiplicity of elements in film art.

To Kael, Sarris concentrates on what is established, unoriginal in a work and ignores new ideas, one-offs and innovations. Kael sums up her criticism by wondering why the auteur theory prefers certain commerical films — a saving grace of the auteur theory some will say.

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Bragis It takes extraordinary intelligence and discrimination and taste to use any theory in the arts, and that without those qualitites, a theory becomes a rigid formula which is indeed what is happening among auteur critics. This is not so far from the way the auteur critics work, either. It is an insult to an artist to praise his bad work along with his good; it indicates that you are incapable of judging either As Kael notes artists have always re-used older material. Kael is asserting that puline auteur theory venerates directors who repeat uninteresting and obvious devices. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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