<i>The Miracle</i> and Bosley Crowther


in Freedom to Offend

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134918 | DOI:
The Miracle and Bosley Crowther

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This chapter discusses Bosley Crowther, the only critic during the postwar era who had the power to make or break a picture, especially a foreign film. However, the main legacy of Bosley Crowther was the two reviews he wrote in 1967, one panning the violent and pretentious Bonnie and Clyde and the other praising the disastrous Cleopatra. This discussion concedes that Crowther's criticism does not have the timeless quality of writers such as James Agee or Pauline Kael. It also stresses that no critic fought as long and hard as Crowther did to free the screen of inordinate restrictions.

Keywords: Bosley Crowther; critic; postwar era; reviews; Bonnie and Clyde; Cleopatra; inordinate restrictions; James Agee; Pauline Kael

Chapter.  9349 words. 

Subjects: Film

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