English (United States)
The goal of my project is to explore how critics judge the artistic merit of films they find morally repugnant. I begin by analyzing the downfall of Bosley Crowther, whose career was ruined by his hatred of the otherwise beloved Bonnie and Clyde. I then move to the 1980’s and explore how Roger Ebert, Pauline Kael, and Joe Bob Briggs- three immensely different personalities- dealt with film trends that they despised. Finally, I adapt lessons from these critics by looking at four very controversial films, and writing two reviews: one that takes offense, and another that appreciated its strange merits. Through this inquiry, I believe I have found that the effects of moral repulsion aren't so much about the relationship between a critic and a film, but rather the relationship of a critic to their audience.
Martin, Charles Alan, "Who Watches This Stuff? The Place of Morality in Film Criticism" (2016). Honors Theses - All. 1563.
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