David Sterritt, film critic for the "Christian Science Monitor"
and professor of film at Long Island University, is one of the most
astute, acclaimed, and thought-provoking critics in America.
Sterritt's sharp eye for telling detail and deep understanding of
cinema and its history make his work appealing to scholars and lay
"Guiltless Pleasures: A David Sterritt Film Reader" collects his
most incisive essays from 1970 to the present. The collection
emphasizes films and filmmakers that are often overlooked or
undervalued because they stray from ordinary norms of commercial
cinema. While focusing on such rewarding challenges as the
avant-garde masterpieces of Stan Brakhage, the unsettling videos of
Robert Wilson, and the violent, disturbing films of Gaspar Noe,
Sterritt writes equally well and insightfully on mainstream
At a time when admitting to "guilty pleasures" has become a
common pastime among serious moviegoers, Sterritt argues that
there's no reason to feel guilty about the alchemy of cinema. After
all, he maintains, the inner journeys we take by means of movies
and other cultural works are a large part of what makes life worth
David Sterritt is chairman of the National Society of Film
Critics. He is the author of "Screening the Beats: Media Culture
and the Beat Sensibility," "The Films of Jean-Luc Godard," and "Mad
to Be Saved: The Beats, the '50s, and Film," and his work has
appeared in the "New York Times," the "Chronicle of Higher
Education," "Film Comment," and "Cineaste." He lives in New York
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